Wilkes University

Creative Writing Admission Requirements - Mesa

90% of acceptance decisions are based on your writing sample.

Your ability to write and desire to improve are the most important factors of the admissions decision. That's why we require creative writing samples and a personal reflection essay as part of the application process.

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We make acceptance decisions based on following: Are you sensitive to language? Can you show us a story? Why do you want to write? Are you passionate and committed to being the best writer you can be? What motivates you to write? Why did you consider Wilkes?

A bachelor's degree in any discipline is accepted for admission - no GRE exam required.

  • Completed online application
  • $35 non-refundable application fee
  • Official transcript of all college work, undergraduate and graduate
  • Creative writing samples. Submit 15-25 pages of published and/or unpublished work in any form or genre, work that gives a sense of your creative abilities.
  • Essay. In five to 10 pages, respond to the following questions:
    • Where are you in time and how did you get there?
    • What are you going to do in the program?
    • What will you do with your program accomplishments following graduation?
  • A current resum√© that cites creative work study and accomplishment.

Applications can be e-mailed to cwriting@wilkes.edu or mailed to the following address:

Joyce Anzalone
ATTN: Creative Writing Program
Wilkes University
84 West South St.
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18766

Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. That means we accept online applications at any time leading up to the January or June start dates. However, to meet residency deadlines, completed applications must be received by:

  • January residency: Dec. 15 for admission
  • January weekender: Jan. 1 for admission
  • June residency: May 15 for admission
  • June weekender: June 1 for admission