Wilkes University

Creative Writing - M.A./M.F.A.

Creative Writing - M.A./M.F.A.

Live the writer's life!

Follow your passion, write your story and work to get published with Wilkes University's low-residency M.A./M.F.A. in Creative Writing.

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At Wilkes, we focus on the craft and business of writing. We do this in a mentoring atmosphere that embraces one-on-one guidance while immersing you in a community of working writers.  All final creative projects are read and evaluated by an outside reader who is an agent, editor, producer or publisher – it's what makes Wilkes unique and what propels our graduates to writing success.

Wilkes offers areas of study in:

Write your story in any form! From literary fiction to Sci-Fi to thriller to YA to biography, our faculty will mentor you through any genre.

Choose from two convenient formats:

  • Low-residency: online with eight-day campus residencies in January and June. Learn more about our residencies.
  • Weekender: online with four weekend sessions per semester in either Wilkes-Barre, Pa. or in Mesa, Ariz.

Face-to-face components give you the opportunity to share ideas and interact with your colleagues, faculty and guest lecturers. Your semester coursework is conveniently conducted online so you can connect with your faculty and classmates from anywhere. Our cohort format creates a strong bond among peers – relationships that last a lifetime. Some of our graduates still participate in writing retreats with their cohort, well beyond graduation.

 Over the past 10 years, members of the Wilkes Graduate Creative Writing community have:


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Success Spotlight


Wilkes alum Marlon James has been making international news in the literary world with the release of his latest novel A Brief History of Seven Killings, which has been featured in numerous media outlets from The New York Times to BuzzFeed.


J. Michael LennonJ. MICHAEL LENNON

Lennon is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist and authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including the New York Times Bestseller Norman Mailer, A Double Life.


The mission of the Graduate Creative Writing Program is to educate our students in the craft, life, and business practices of seven areas of study — fiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, creative nonfiction, publishing and making documentary films — through a commitment to excellent mentorships, publishing opportunities, and industry-specific internships. Our vision is to offer a nationally recognized and widely reputed graduate creative writing program where students and faculty find the writing support, community, and market opportunities to become lifelong, productive, professional writers in all fields.