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MFA Residencies

The Pioneer Valley. The Berkshires. 

The Summer Residency will take place on July 6-11, 2020 on the Western New England University campus. 

UPDATE: With COVID-19 in mind, we are evaluating how we will offer the Summer Residency. A fully online format is being considered for the short-term. Additional details will be released early in May.

Residency Locations

Summer residencies are held on campus; winter residencies are typically held in the Berkshires. 

Our picturesque 215-acre campus is set in the heart of the Pioneer Valley—in Springfield, MA. While in residence, students will be housed in our eco-friendly Evergreen Village Townhouses. The nearby Amtrak station provides easy access to our campus. 

Western New England is noted for its many fine colleges. The lively college towns of South Hadley, Northampton, and Amherst (home to the Eric Carle Museum) with eclectic shopping and fine dining are just a short drive north. Our own Theodor Geisel (Dr. Seuss), was born and raised here, in Springfield. The Dr. Seuss Museum and sculpture garden are both downtown at the Springfield Libraries and Museums Quadrangle. The city of Springfield is also the birthplace of Basketball, celebrated at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.

Berkshires Residency

From Hawthorne to Melville, major figures in American literature have found inspiration in the natural beauty and quiet of the Berkshires. Past recidencies have taken place at the Race Brook Lodge in Sheffield, MA, and the most recent residency took place at The Red Lion Inn in Stockbridge, MA.

The Red Lion Inn

The Red Lion Inn has been welcoming travelers to the Berkshires for more than two centuries. The Inn offers 125 individually decorated guestrooms, elegant and casual dining, live entertainment nightly, a year-round heated outdoor pool & hot tub, and shopping at The Red Lion Gift Shop (featuring Berkshire-made items) and flagship Country Curtains Store. One of the few New England inns operating continuously since the 18th century, The Red Lion is convenient to the numerous cultural and outdoor attractions in the Berkshires

Spirit Fire Retreat Center

Founded in 2001, Spirit Fire is an educational non-profit whose mission is to cultivate spirituality and educate people on the importance of consciousness in their everyday lives. With freshly prepared meals with local and organic ingredients, 95 acres of wooded and pastoral beauty, and a facility built with green in mind, Spirit Fire's Meditative Retreat Center is the perfect place to retreat and center yourself.