Director's Letter

Keith Tuma

Keith Tuma, Director

Welcome to Miami University’s Low Residency MFA in Creative Writing, a program combining the best of what we’ve been doing at Miami for decades—educating and training writers—with exciting options made possible by the low residency format and 21st century technology.

Our two-year program includes two intensive residencies each year—one in winter, one in summer. These have been a resounding success, as you’ll discover from our graduate testimonials. Each day includes a workshop, professional talks and readings, and opportunities for writing on campus. This makes for an exhilarating eight days and allows students to meet fellow writers who turn out to be some of their best readers.

When not on campus for a residency, students correspond with a series of mentors in drafting and revising their manuscripts. Because we believe that developing writers need to read and discuss the best work in their field, we’ve also incorporated a real-time online contemporary literature seminar into our curriculum, one of the ways that our program is distinguished from many other low residency MFA programs in creative writing.

We are still a young low-res program, and our best years are ahead of us as we extend our networks among graduating students and visiting faculty. We are proud of all that our graduates and current MFA students have already accomplished, including the writing they have published, much of which was first submitted to the workshops in our program. Together with our distinguished faculty our students have helped us create a program committed to fostering strong literary community and high standards for creative work in fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. While we have tripled in size since our first cohort enrolled, the program retains its belief that as writers we are working together to create work that makes a difference. The dedication of our faculty is evident in every talk they present at the residencies and in the extensive, alert feedback they provide to students.

The Low-Residency MFA program is part of Miami’s Department of English and an essential contributor to the culture of creative writing at the university. Faculty in our residential program often present talks and readings at the residencies, where they have joined an impressive list of visiting writers, editors, literary agents, and publishers.

Come and visit us during one of our residencies! Before you know it you’ll be working on a manuscript with us.

Keith Tuma

Director, Low-Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing