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

Mesa, Arizona • 800-WILKES U, x6372 (T) or 570-408-MESA (T) • Email


The Master of Arts in Creative Writing isa 30-credit, low-residency program that prepares students to be professional creative writers by examining:

  • the personal life and habits of a writer;
  • the craft, technique, and analysis of creative writing;
  • how to make their work public.

To graduate from the Master of Arts program, students will produce and present a full-length text in their area of study:

  • fiction (from short stories to novels, from young adult to adult in various genres)
  • poetry (from chapbook to a collection)
  • screenwriting (from documentary to feature film)
  • playwriting (from related one-acts to full-length, musical to drama)
  • creative nonfiction (from biography to memoir or linked essays)

All M.A. projects will be read and evaluated by an outside expert in that field: an agent, producer, publisher, or editor.

Low-residency means

  • Students attend two eight-day residencies per year – January and June/July. The initial residency will be in Mesa, Ariz. Subsequent residencies will take place on the Wilkes University campus in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. These residencies will give you the opportunity to share ideas and to interact with colleagues, the full faculty, and guest lecturers, most who come from New York City publishing agencies and production companies.
  • The online portion of the program is conveniently delivered via a password-protected website so students can connect with faculty and classmates from virtually any computer connected to the internet.

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the M.A. (30 credits) plus 18-credit, low-residency program optional continuation of the program. The M.F.A is a terminal degree in the Creative Writing field.  Students interested in the M.F.A. must first complete the Wilkes University M.A. in Creative Writing. Graduating with a M.F.A. requires students to continue to revise their M.A. thesis to produce a publishable manuscript or begin a new project. Additionally, they will produce and present a literary analysis paper and complete a term-long internship in teaching or publishing.

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