2017 River Teeth - Ashland MFA Summer Workshops

Sunday, July 16 - Wednesday, July 19, 2017 

Ashland University's Low-Residency MFA Program and River Teeth: A Journal of Nonfiction Narrative will offer a 4-day writing workshop as part of the annual MFA summer residency this July. The workshops are open to alumni of the program, or past River Teeth Conference attendees. Others who wish to apply will be considered, but must submit a writing sample and proof of their degree. 

Participants will take part in daily three-hour morning writing workshops. Each workshop will consist of four-seven writers and an Ashland MFA faculty member to lead discussion and peer review. You'll also be welcome to participate in the afternoon classroom-style lectures and evening readings offered through the MFA Program, including a reading and lecture by acclaimed environmental writer Terry Tempest Williams

Participants are invited to share in community meals. On-campus housing is available, though priority will be given to students registered in the MFA program.

The program reserves the right to cancel workshops with low enrollment. If this happens a full refund for any deposit paid will be issued. 

Workshop Instructors: tba
Workshop Manuscript: Participants will be asked to submit 15-20 pages of creative nonfiction several weeks before the workshop. Participants are asked to read over each others work and be prepared to provide critical review comments for each others' work. 

Workshop Cost


Optional Room and Board

Apartment Housing: $160/week (Participants will share a bedroom with one other participant or MFA student as part of a two-bedroom, two-bathroom suite. Each apartment has a kitchen with large appliances, furnished living room and dining room. And yes, you may pick your own roommate.)

Air-Conditioned Dorm Housing: $140/week (Participants will have a private room in dorm housing. Bathrooms are shared dorm facilities.)

Linen Package: $30 (pillow, sheets and blanket, towel and washcloth)

Meal Plan: Ashland University features award-winning dining services. Dinner is catered, lunch is served cafeteria style with several choices.  A strict vegetarian option is provided at each meal; however, participants with very specific dietary restrictions and preferences should consult the Residency Menu before deciding to purchase the meal plan. Kitchen facilities are available in most campus housing if it is determined that the menu will not suit your dietary needs. Participants should notify the Administrative Director of dietary restrictions and special requests on their registration form. Dinner Menu at https://www.ashland.edu/cas/master-fine-arts/summer-residency/room-and-board/2017-menu

Participants may choose to eat dinner only or lunch and dinner on campus. See the rates below.

Restaurants, grocery stores and coffee shops are within walking distance of the University. The Eagle's Nest, a snack bar with dining and coffee selections in the Hawkins-Conard Student Center, is open during lunch hours for participants who opt-out of the meal plan.

2017 Dinner Only Option: $80 
2017 Lunch and Dinner Option: $125

Application Process

  • Complete application online via Submittable. 
  • Make a $200 registration deposit (refundable through June 5, 2017 (minus processing fees). Payment may be made via PayPal or a check may be mailed to Ashland University MFA Program, 401 College Avenue, Ashland, OH 44805. If paying by check please include "Post-MFA Workshop" in the memo field of your check.


June 5, 2017 - Registration Form and $200 deposit due
July 3, 2017 - Remaining balance due (You will be invoiced)
June 23, 2017 - Workshop Manuscript Due

Please contact the MFA Office with questions or concerns, 419.289.5098 or mfa@ashland.edu.


Saturday, July 15
9am-12 Check-In (Saturday Check-in is also available.)

Sunday, July 16
9am-12 Check-In (Saturday Check-in is also available.)
12-1 pm Lunch
1:30-4:30 Workshop I 
5:30-6:45 Dinner 
7-8:00 pm Terry Tempest Williams Reading 

Monday, July 17
9-12 Workshop II (Q&A with Terry Tempest Williams
12-1:30 Lunch 
1:30-3:00 Williams Craft Talk 
5:30-6:45 Dinner
7-8 Faculty Reading (same as others)

Tuesday, July 18
9-12 Workshop III
12-1:30 Lunch (optional)
1:30 – 3:30 Craft Talk 
5:30 – 6:45 Dinner 
7-8 Faculty Reading 

Wednesday, July 19
9-12 Workshop IV
1:30-3:30 Genre Craft Talks
5:30 – 6:45 Dinner
7-8 Visiting Writer in Fiction Rebecca Makkai (optional) 
Extra night’s lodging optional

Consult the full MFA schedule of events for additional details.

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