SNHU was choosy but inclusive, classy but not arch. The director’s passion and hands-on ferocity made me believe in SNHU and in her,” Mitchard said.
(PRWEB) September 21, 2011
Southern New Hampshire University’s Low-Residency MFA program in fiction and nonfiction has awarded a faculty fellowship to internationally best-selling author, Jacquelyn Mitchard. Mitchard, author of 19 acclaimed books, including Oprah pick, Deep End of the Ocean, will be earning her MFA degree from SNHU, while teaching in the program.
“I applied to and was accepted at 10 of the top 50 MFA programs in the country. One offered me a $17K fellowship plus tuition. SNHU was choosy but inclusive, classy but not arch. The director’s passion and hands-on ferocity made me believe in SNHU and in her,” Mitchard said.
Mitchard completed her first MFA residency this past summer at Star Island off the coast of Portsmouth. She is working with four students this semester, while also being mentored as a student in the program. “SNHU has demanded everything I have, and given me everything it has with practicality, class and grace,” she said.
SNHU’s Low-Residency MFA allows Mitchard to work from her home in Wisconsin, while completing her MFA degree. During the two-year program, students and faculty gather twice a year for a five-day winter residency in the White Mountains, and a 10-day summer residency on Star Island in the Isles of Shoals. Mitchard says the inspirational settings and the community of writers have far exceeded her expectations.
“We are delighted and honored to have Jacquelyn in our midst,” says MFA Director, Diane Les Becquets. “Her work ethic, passion, and integrity make her a perfect fit for our program.”