Chatham University

Low-Residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (MFA)

MENTORSHIPS I (first year mentorships)

Over the course of a four month mentor-based semester, a student will do creative and critical work equivalent to the following:

A typical packet from the student will include:

A typical packet from the mentor will include:

MENTORSHIPS II (second year mentorships, including thesis)

After students have completed 21-24 credits of coursework, they enroll in Mentorship II and work with the Program Director to be matched with an appropriate Mentorship II instructor. The instructor for Mentorship II takes on the role of the student’s thesis director, and the assignments change in order to facilitate the student’s preparation of a creative thesis. In the final semester of Mentorship II the assignments change in order to facilitate the students’ preparations of an introduction to the thesis project. This work necessarily displaces some of the reading and writing assignments quantified above.

A typical packet from the mentor will include:

 

Frequent Exchange of Packets

Packets should be exchanged between student and mentor approximately every three weeks. For a mentorship period roughly equivalent to four months, students should receive feedback from their mentors a minimum of four times.

Attentiveness to Revision

In addition to frequent reading and writing, mentors require frequent revision of student work, and provide suggestions for improving the work.