Ashland University MFA Program to Offer Creative Writing Programming for Teens and Adults

Ashland University MFA Program to Offer Creative Writing Programming for Teens and Adults
Ashland University's graduate program in Creative Writing will gather on campus July 23 - August 3. Many of the presentations are open to writers in the community, including events at the Ashland Public Library and other community venues.

7/13/18 ASHLAND, Ohio – Ashland University’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing program will welcome a host of talented writers to the AU campus for their Summer Residency Program, July 23 to Aug. 2. This year the group is partnering with the Ashland Public Library to have several classes and presentations at the library, including a creative writing workshop for high school students. 

The high school writing workshop is slated for Saturday, July 28, and Sunday, July 29, from 2 to 4 p.m. The presenter list includes two local alumni: Aimee Ross, a national award-winning teacher at Loudonville High School and author of Permanent Marker: A Memoir; and Sarah M. Wells, content editor for Spire Advertising and associate editor for River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative.

Additional workshop presenters are Mike Clark, a fiction writer from Hudson, Ohio; Dr. Maura Grady from the AU English Department; and Marcelo Hernandez Castillo, MFA poetry faculty member.  Students who have completed at least one year of high school may attend one or both days, but should register in advance at Saturday’s workshop is in the library, while Sunday’s event will be in the Dwight Schar Education building, room 103 on the AU campus.

Additional “Ashland Writes” library programming will include readings from MFA faculty and students on Wednesday, July 25, and Thursday, July 26, respectively, from 3:30 to 5 p.m. On Tuesday, July 24, fantasy writer Sarah Monette (a.k.a. Katherine Addison) will meet with the Fandemonium Club to discuss “World Building” in science fiction and fantasy writing. On Tuesday, July 31, the library will host a panel on how and where to get creative writing published. Panelists include poetry graduate William Garten; novelist and MFA faculty Derek Palacio; and independent publisher and faculty member Kate Gale.

The MFA program will have an Open Mic reading on Friday, July 27, at Downtown Perk from 6:30 to 8 p.m., which the public is welcome to attend. Area writers and readers may also attend any of the afternoon writing classes held on campus. These 90-minute sessions are led by MFA faculty members -- published authors in their genre, who also enjoy teaching. Each class focuses on a genre-specific topic such as poetic forms, sentence structure, research for historical writing and many other topics. Details are available at

The Ashland University MFA program is a two-year low-residency program. Students work toward the completion of a manuscript in their chosen genre by attending the summer residency and working with faculty mentors online during the fall and spring semester. Students come from all over the country.

For more information on this year’s schedule, visit or contact the MFA office at 419-289-5098.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2018, is a mid-sized, comprehensive private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Religiously affiliated with the Brethren Church, Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students. ###