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Low-Residency MFA at Institute of American Indian Arts Now Open!

By Harriet Staff


Need help developing that poetry or prose manuscript? Help is on the way! Institute of American Indian Arts, located in Santa Fe, New Mexico, has announced its first graduate program: a Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing.

Low-Residency MFA Writing programs allow students the opportunity to write and engage with mentors, without having to relocate or spend time outside of the workforce as full-time students. Tribal College Journal explains, “The program begins with a weeklong residency at the IAIA campus in Santa Fe where students and faculty mentors, together with visiting writers and editors, gather for workshops, classes, lectures, readings, and individual conferences. For the remainder of the program, faculty mentors work online with up to five student writers.”

Most of the faculty are Native American and the literature that students will study will have a Native American emphasis; however, the program itself is open to applicants of any ethnicity, culture and religion. Students will have the opportunity to study with faculty mentors like Sherman Alexie, Orlando White, Sterlin Harjo, Sherwin Bitsui, and Susan Power. Jon Davis, who has been a faculty member at IAIA for 22 years, will direct the low-residency program.

During the two-year program, students produce a full-length collection of poems or stories, a novel or novella, a book-length creative nonfiction manuscript, or a feature screenplay. They meet with editors, publishers, and producers and network with faculty mentors and visiting writers. Industry professionals scheduled to visit IAIA include Chris Merrill, director of the International Writing Program; Michael Wiegers, executive editor at Copper Canyon Press; Elisabeth Schmitz, editor at Grove/Atlantic; Nancy Stauffer of Nancy Stauffer Associates; Eric Simonoff, head of the literary division at William Morris; Gary Fisketjon, vice president of Knopf; and Nicole Winstanley, president of Penguin Canada.

For more information about IAIA’s new low-residency program, visit IAIA online.

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Posted in Poetry News on Wednesday, May 8th, 2013 by Harriet Staff.