Letter from the Director
A Letter from the Director of the New Saint Leo M.A. in Creative Writing
When people ask me about Saint Leo University, I tell them that we are an innovative institution where teaching and lifelong learning are of primary importance. And as with all of our graduate programs, our method is to give you the tools to succeed. Nowhere is that more obvious than in our creative writing program.
Last summer our first-ever master’s degrees in creative writing were awarded to a cohort of 16 adult learners. They ranged in age from recent college graduate to retirees, each with the shared goal of improving their writing, and being a part of a vital artistic community.
Our students in the program arrive driven by a desire to create, to fully develop one’s capabilities as a writer; equally, they know how hard it can be to find the time to write. My goal as director is to make sure they know how our program is a place to find exactly the type of support, guidance, and individual mentoring that helps each student take the first steps towards a career as a working writer.
Here at Saint Leo, you can expect to work with a faculty mentor to develop an individualized course of study tailor-made for your own writing goals, while the program provides a structure and accountability that helps you develop the independence and professionalism needed to excel in the writing world.
Our program begins with a single annual residency, scheduled to minimize its impact on the lives of our students. Because we begin and end on the weekend, it’s possible to attend our graduate program and spend just five business days away from home.
At the residency, you’ll work on your own creative projects under the tutelage of nationally known writers, (our visiting writers each year can be found here) as well as study what it means to be a professional writer, with craft lectures and panel discussions featuring literary agents, editors, and other luminaries in the arts. You’ll spend eight days on University campus in an immersive and contemplative retreat-like setting, and return home energized to tackle your course work and that dream project.
We’re also the only graduate creative writing program to offer an optional track on the study of war literature and writing for veterans. Saint Leo University has a long record of working with the men and women of our armed forces, and we are proud to add this program that further builds on those traditions.
I hope you will consider being a part of what we are building here. And I would love to talk to you, about your story, your writing goals, and how our program can help you achieve those goals.
Steve Kistulentz, PhD
Director, Graduate Program in Creative Writing