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Creative Writing - M.A./M.F.A.

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To graduate from our Master of Arts in Creative Writing program students will produce and present a full-length text and support materials that demonstrate the mastery of requisite standards, processes, and procedures for bringing that project into its appropriate public venue.

The Master of Arts in Creative Writing
is a 30-credit, low-residency program with tracks in

  • fiction
  • poetry
  • screenwriting
  • playwriting
  • creative nonfiction

NEW IN 2014: M.A. tracks in publishing and making documentary films!

Faculty Spotlight

Wilkes University - J. Michael Lennon

J. Michael Lennon

Lennon is the late Norman Mailer’s archivist and authorized biographer. He has written/edited several books about him, including the New York Times Bestseller 'Norman Mailer, A Double Life'.



The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is the M.A. (30 credits) plus
18-credit, low-residency program optional continuation of the Master of Arts in Creative Writing. The Master of Fine Arts is a terminal degree in the Creative Writing field.  Students interested in the Master of Fine Arts MUST first complete the Wilkes University Master of Arts in Creative Writing.  Students in the existing M.A. may apply for admission into the M.F.A. no earlier than the last term of the M.A. Graduating with a M.F.A. will require students 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, complete a term-long internship in teaching or publishing and submit a final portfolio that chronicles their work in the entire program.

  In both programs, you will train to be a professional creative writer by examining
  • the personal life of a writer
  • the craft, technique, and analysis of creative writing
  • the art delivery method for one's work

    Low-residency means
    • You are on the Wilkes University campus for two eight-day residencies per year -- January and June. Both sessions give you the opportunity to share ideas and to interact with your colleagues, faculty, and guest lecturers.
    • Your regular coursework will be conveniently delivered via password-protected website so you can connect with your faculty and classmates from virtually any computer equipped with an Internet connection.


    *Authorization requirements for distance education vary by state.  Wilkes University is currently in the process of pursuing individual state authorizations and approvals, as necessary, for its online course delivery.  Wilkes is not required to have state authorization in all 50 states and may choose not to enroll students from states where we are not authorized.  Any questions related to the university’s approval in a specific state should be forwarded to our Creative Writing office. Please note:  Since distance education requirements vary by state, distance education students who change their residency to a state in which Wilkes University is not approved to operate may be unable to remain enrolled at Wilkes University or may have their academic progression delayed until proper approvals may be obtained.





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