The low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is now a well-established
format in American higher education. The nation’s first low-residency
MFA program in creative writing was inaugurated at Goddard College in 1976. Since then, a number of other low-residency
MFA programs have been launched, some of which are now considered among the
finest MFA programs in the nation.
The SPU program is directly modeled on this tradition of excellence.
The heart of the program involves the ancient relationship between mentor
and apprentice. Writing is ultimately a solitary experience, so the rhythm
of students sending packets of completed material and receiving detailed
feedback from their mentors is both appropriate and highly effective.
The beauty of this type of program is that it allows students to maintain
their current jobs and locations, while offering two stimulating and intensive
residency periods at stunning locations in the American West—the
high desert of New Mexico and an island off the coast of the Pacific Northwest.