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The MFA Creative Writing Program at ODU

Nov 30 2010 Published by Barely South Review under Program News

Behind the production of the Barely South Review are the students and faculty of the MFA Creative Writing Program at Old Dominion University. If you’ve thought of joining us, we encourage you to look closely at our outstanding faculty roster in the different genres – core faculty members Sheri Reynolds, John McManus and Janet Peery (fiction), Luisa Igloria and Tim Seibles (Poetry), and Michael Pearson (Nonfiction). We also have a Writer-in-Residence Program which brings one writer of national reputation to campus each semester for two weeks. Writers-in-residence have included Bonnie Jo Campbell, Blake Bailey, Brian Turner, Denise Duhamel, Maribeth Fischer, Greg Bottoms, Kent Nelson, Richard Jones, Eloise Klein Healy, Sandra Scofield, Earl Swift, and Marilyn Chin.

Applicants to the MFA Creative Writing Program must have completed a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution with a minimum GPA of 3.0 AND a minimum of 24 credit hours in English with at least a B Average. The GRE is also required. Students who have not yet completed 24 undergraduate hours in English may be admitted provisionally and make up the required number of undergraduate English credits at ODU.

Admissions & program links:
General (degree) admission process
Non-degree admission process
Additional Program information

The MFA Creative Writing Program at ODU typically has 10 competitive, funded assistantships (which include tuition waivers — in the past we have been fortunate to have the waivers cover most if not all of the tuition) from the College of Arts and Letters.

Students must indicate at the time of application to the program that they are interested in applying for funding. Students who eventually wind up in these positions must be registered for a full graduate load (9 credits a semester). Typically, assistantships are for teaching (at least 1 class per semester); or for working in the Writing Tutorial Services; other assistantships are research assistant positions. Again, please note that these numbers are average and may vary from academic year to year depending on the availability of college funds. Assistantships require 20 hours of work per week.

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