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                The Virginia Residencies


Summer 2023 Residency:
         June 17–26, 2023

Winter 2023 Residency:
         Dec. 30, 2023 – Jan. 8, 2024

Summer 2024 Residency:
         June 22– July 1, 2024

Winter 2024 Residency:
         Dec. 30, 2024 – Jan. 8, 2025

Winter sunset over back campus with the Blue Ridge Mountains in the background.


The ten-day residency in Virginia launches each new semester. The residency is the student’s opportunity to meet the M.F.A. faculty and to attend the many workshops, seminars, lectures, discussions, readings, and activities offered.

In addition to hearing from our excellent faculty, students should also expect to attend readings and lectures from featured guests, including Pulitzer prize winners, literature scholars, literary taste-makers, and artists of all kinds.

Prior to attending the residency sessions, students submit new work to be discussed by our faculty and their peers in our faculty-led workshops. Regardless of chosen genre, students are able to attend lectures and discussions in all three genres: poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

During our residency sessions, students are paired with their faculty mentor with whom they will work for the remainder of the semester.

Each student attends five residencies. The fifth and final residency marks graduation.

Summer & Winter

Students apply to begin their M.F.A. program in either a summer or winter residency.

Summer Residency sessions are housed on Randolph College’s campus. Located in the heart of Virginia, our 100-acre campus is in an historic, residential area of Lynchburg, close to the James River, and within walking distance to several restaurants and cafes. In 2017, The Princeton Review ranked Randolph College the 16th greenest school in the United States.

For Winter Residency, we will gather at an off-campus location in beautiful central Virginia. Our winter destination provides a comfortable setting that speaks to the diverse history of the region. The specific location will be announced to students in the months leading up to residency. Our most recent residency was at the historic Virginian Hotel.

We're looking for people who love language and stories:

students who read the first sentence of a book with joy and  reverence.