Master of Fine Arts students from UCA, under the instruction of Dr. Stephanie Vanderslice, will read original works at the Faulkner County Library on Tuesday, Oct. 22, at 7 p.m.

Housed in the university’s Department of Writing in the College of Fine Arts and Communication, the Arkansas Writers MFA Program has grown out of a special focus on the literary arts at UCA, a university that not only features undergraduate majors in writing, creative writing, and linguistics, but is also home to the international literary journal the "Toad Suck Review" and the award-winning undergraduate journal the "Vortex," as well as the award-winning literary magazine the "Oxford American."

The MFA degree in Creative Writing is considered a terminal degree in the discipline.

The only other degree of its kind in the state is at the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Vanderslice, associate professor of creative writing is the program’s first director, and has published three books on re-envisioning creative writing in higher education.

The Arkansas Writers MFA Program is a three-year, 60-credit degree program that also includes the production of a thesis containing original literary work.

Refreshments will be served.

All library programs are free and open to the public.

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