For anyone with an MFA under your belt or a book under the bed.

The Fifth Semester

Mentoring writers from inspiration to publication.

Four months. Two residencies focused on the craft and business of writing. One-on-one manuscript development and critique. Access to agents, editors, and other industry leaders.

The Fifth Semester: writing dreams…realized.

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The Fifth Semester is for you if…
  • You have always wanted a Master’s of Fine Arts experience but don’t have the time or money to invest
  • You can’t relocate to go to school
  • You have a great idea for a book or a strong draft
  • You have a good start but need help structuring your manuscript
  • You lack confidence to get the whole thing done or are looking for due dates and accountability
  • You don’t really know what you have to do to get a book published

And, there to help you every step of the way, are our amazing faculty members.

5th Semester faculty are published authors and university-level professors with a passion for great writing, years of teaching and publishing experience, and industry connections and know-how.

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Read an interview with Ann at Brava Magazine

The One Reason Why we remember only the hard memories as children. Funny and sad with a tear. @Listen To Your Mother.

The Dog Year on the Morning Blend

Ann Garvin is a small book girl trying to make it in a big book world, hoping you'll get a cup of coffee and stay awhile.

Another place you can find Ann's Health advice is at the Unreasonable Institute where she helps entrepreneur's stay healthy while they save the world.

Read Ann's Unreasonable blog.

Unreasonable Institute is a mentorship program for entrepreneurs tackling global challenges. Every year, Unreasonable handpicks 25 entrepreneurs from around the world to unite in Boulder under 1 roof for 6 weeks. There, they receive guidance from 50 mentors. They build relationships with over 25 investment funds, scores of other funders, and a network supports them as they work to scale to 1 million beneficiaries.

Buy Now: The Dog Year!

'The Dog Year' is Ann Garvin's new new novel released by Berkley-a Penguin imprint.

'The Dog Year' is Ann Garvin's new novel by Berkley-a Penguin imprint. The Dog Year brings to life new characters that we fall in love with through their everyday happenstance and lively interactions. Meet Ann here in a brief video about her novel, 'On Maggie's Watch' available through these retailers.

"I know of few authors who are funnier or more sympathetic than Ann Garvin, and I know of few heroines more in need of comic relief and sympathy than Dr. Lucy Peterman. This novel will make your stomach hurt with laughter and your heart ache with sadness. The Dog Year is a kind, gentle, honest look at a woman whose life has come apart and a survivor who puts it all back together."

New York Times best selling author Wiley Cash Author of A Land More Kind Than Home & the upcoming This Dark Road to Mercy

Ann Garvin is published by: Berkley/Jove