dante MFAThe Masters of Fine Arts program at the University of St. Thomas hosts its annual Summer Literary Programs, featuring three major events for writers, inspiring authors, students, and those who want to encounter the beauty of the written word and participate in the lively life of the mind and imagination.

The Summer Literary Series brings leading authors from around the world to the UST campus to deliver readings and lectures.  Hear from some of the greatest writers of our day, including novelists, poets, scholars and literary critics.  These events are free and open to the public.

The Summer Writers Institute is a three-day intensive program, inviting people from all walks of life to contemplate the Church’s teaching on the nature of beauty, the craft and practice of the literary arts, and to grow as writers themselves through individual attention and editorial counsel. Applications are now open to the public.

The MFA Summer Residency is a special in-person event for MFA students, with an intensive series of seminars, workshops, and literary events.

Learn more about these innovated literary events below, including guest speakers, itinerates, and more.

Summer Literary Series

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Join us this June for the Summer Literary Series at the University of St. Thomas!  This annual celebration of the literary arts brings distinguished authors and scholars from around the world as they share the joy and beauty of the written word. 

The public is invited to join this multi-night event on-campus for a series of readings, lectures, and performances that feature the best in contemporary literature and reflections on enduring classics.

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Summer Writers Institute

writer MFAJune 13-15, 2024 

Every summer, the MFA in Creative Writing program at the University of St. Thomas hosts the Summer Writers Institute: a three-day immersive program in the Catholic literary tradition.  This event is open to the public.  Participants must be 18+, submit an application, and be accepted into the program.

During this time, participants will meet at UST and hear from distinguished writers of poetry and fiction, and engage in seminars on art and beauty, Catholicism and literature, and the craft of writing. They will also get counsel and help with their own work in lively creative writing workshops.

Between the evening public readings with masters of the art, the intense seminars and workshops, and the good company at meals, participants will experience that most elusive thing: a literary community intended to deepen and strengthen their own work while also welcoming them into the great literary and cultural tradition of the Church.

All costs for tuition, meals, and receptions during the Summer Writers Institute are covered by the University of Saint Thomas.  Participants are responsible for housing (affordable on-campus options available) and travel to campus.


Catholic Literary Arts Summer Camp

CLA w backgroundCatholic Literary Arts (CLA) is known for its specialized writing programs. Each June, CLA offers an intensive, one-week day camp in Houston, Texas for children in 3rd-12th grade. This camp specializes in teaching practical creative writing skills in the areas of fiction, poetry, sacred story, and creative nonfiction though a Christ-centered lens.

We help children and teenagers strengthen their faith while also refining actual writing skills. Our program’s use of writing and revision strategies leads students to realize that expressing their thoughts and ideas on the written page brings newfound freedom and joy.

CLA’s camp is split into two components: Fearless Catholic Writing Camp (FCWC), which works with children in grades 3-8, and the High School Writers Institute (HSWI), which focuses on high school students. Both camps offer lessons in four genres (poetry, fiction, sacred story, and creative nonfiction) from professional faculty trained in our unique methodology.

Visit the Catholic Literary Arts website for more information.

MFA Summer Residency

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The MFA Summer Residency is a special in-person event within the life of the UST online MFA program. For ten days, MFA students travel to Houston for an intensive series of seminars, workshops, and literary events (including those of the Literary Series). Engaged in convivial discussion from dawn until well past dusk, the students deepen their understanding of literary form, grow in mind and spirit, and prepare a new “climate of opinion” to shape American literary culture far beyond the UST classroom. The program is preparing a new generation to transform our culture, to raise it up and strengthen it, in the way of beauty.