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Wilkes University's Creative Writing Program Offers New Degrees in Publishing and Documentary Film

Contact: Vicki Mayk

WILKES-BARRE, PA. (May 16, 2013) -- Wilkes University’s graduate creative writing program announces a new master of arts degree in publishing.  The publishing degree is a low-residency program that requires 30 credits to complete. The new program will open at the June 2013 residency. A second degree program in documentary film making will launch in January 2014.


Graduates of Wilkes creative writing program can earn a second degree in one of the two new programs by completing an additional 18 credits. Students who hold a master of fine arts in creative writing or film studies from another institution may apply to the publishing or documentary film track.  Non-Wilkes students will earn the master’s degree by completing 21 credits.  For students living in Mesa, Ariz., the deadline to apply to the Wilkes creative writing program is extended to June 1, 2013.


The primary faculty for the publishing program will be Johnny Temple, publisher and editor-in-chief of Akashic Books and Philip Brady, executive director for Etruscan Press. Students in the program will benefit from the relationships with Etruscan and Akashic, gaining practical experience through internships and special projects.


Akashic Press is an award-winning Brooklyn-based independent company dedicated to publishing urban literary fiction and political nonfiction. Etruscan Press works to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, achieve a distinctive voice, and reshape the literary and cultural history


Temple is the cofounder of Brooklyn Wordsmiths, an editorial and consulting company. He won the American Association of Publishers' 2005 Miriam Bass Award for Creativity in Independent Publishing and the 2010 Jay and Dean Kogan Award for Excellence in Noir Literature.


Brady’s poetry and fiction have appeared in over fifty journals in the United States and Ireland. He has won an Ohioana Award in Poetry, five Ohio Arts Council Fellowships, a Thayer Fellowship from New York State, and residencies at Yaddo, Ragdale, the Headlands Center, Fundacion Valparaiso, Hawthornden Castle, and the Virginia Center.


The 30-credit master of arts in documentary film, which will begin in January 2014, is being developed now working with producer Robert May and SenArt Films. Other documentary film companies, yet to be named, will have affiliations with the program.  Like the new publishing degree, Wilkes alumni need only take an additional 18 credits to earn this degree.  Individuals holding a master of fine arts can complete it in 21 credits.

Published On: 5/16/2013
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