Wilkes has the largest low residency M.F.A./M.A. program in the country.* In our Creative Writing program you will work with a community of professional writers to learn the craft and business of writing. Earn your M.A. and M.F.A. online with limited campus residencies.


  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Playwriting
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Screenwriting
  • Publishing
  • Documentary Films - Coming June 2014!

Creative Writing Program highlights:

  • Online with campus residencies in January and June
  • Residencies include workshops, readings and meetings with writers
  • Meet with agents and editors to learn the business of writing
  • Bachelor’s degree in any field considered for admission
  • M.A. completion in 18 months; M.F.A. completion in an additional 12 months
  • Start the program on campus or in Mesa, Arizona

Creative Writing Admission Requirements:

  • Application and $35 application fee
  • Two letters of recommendation (optional)
  • Official transcripts for all college work
  • Writing samples

Creative Writing Faculty and advisory board members include:
Beverly Donofrio, Toi Derricotte, Larry Heinemann, William Heyen, H.L. Hix, Marlon James, Kaylie Jones, William J. Kennedy, Colum McCann, Lawrence Schiller and more.

*Source: Poets & Writers, 2011 list of M.F.A. programs by enrollment

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Residency means...
You are on the Wilkes University campus for two eight-day residencies per year in January and June.

Online means....
The rest of your coursework will be conveniently delivered via a password-protected website, so you can connect with faculty and classmates from any computer equipped with an Internet connection