Wilkes University

Creative Writing (M.A. / M.F.A.)

Wilkes University MFA student works on an upcoming assignment for his creative writing class.

Live the writer's life! Follow your passion, write your story and work to get published with Wilkes University's M.A. in Creative Writing.

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.


Learn the craft of writing and the business of being published by completing a full-length project in your genre of choice: 

  • Fiction. Write a collection of short stories or a novel in YA or adult genres.
  • Poetry. Produce a chapbook or poetry collection.
  • Screenwriting. Write a documentary or feature-length film script.
  • Playwriting. Create a collection of one-acts, or a full-length play, whether a musical or drama.
  • Creative Nonfiction. Biography, memoir or linked essays.

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.

Choose from two convenient formats:

  • Low-residency: online with eight-day campus residencies in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. each January and June. 
  • Weekender: online with four weekend sessions per six-month term right in Mesa, Ariz. Classes meet Fridays from 6 to 9 p.m., Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays 9 a.m. to noon.
Student in class.2016 Weekend Classes:

The summer/fall project semester runs from July 25 to Nov. 28. 

  • July 8 to 10
  • Aug. 19 to 21
  • Oct. 21 to 23
  • Dec. 2 to 4

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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 allows you to complete the program with the same peer group. Our students will tell you that this 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.

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a terminal degree in the Creative Writing field.

If you're interested in earning your M.F.A. you must first complete the Wilkes M.A. in Creative Writing. Graduating with a M.F.A. requires you to continue to revise your M.A. thesis to produce a publishable manuscript or begin a new project. Additionally, you will produce and present a literary analysis paper and complete a term-long internship in teaching or publishing.


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