Wilkes University


Wilkes University Offers Creative Writing Master’s Degrees in New, Convenient Weekender Format

The Wilkes University Graduate Creative Writing program is offering master’s degrees in a new, convenient weekender format. The weekender format combines online distance learning with the traditional campus experience.

Students enrolled in the program will learn online and attend four face-to-face weekend class sessions throughout each six-month semester. The weekend format is appropriate for prospective students who would prefer more frequent but shorter face-to-face sessions and is available in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. and Mesa, Ariz. The Graduate Creative Writing program is also offered in a low-residency format, where students learn online and attend two eight-day residencies each January and June.

Wilkes offers master’s degrees in fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, publishing and documentary filmmaking. Program faculty are working, producing writers who mentor students one-on-one through the process of creating a full-length creative project. Among the program’s nationally renowned faculty members are J. Michael Lennon, Kaylie Jones, Susan Cartsonis, Taylor Polites, Christine Gelineau, Beverly Donofrio, Ross Klavan and Jan Quackenbush.  In a review process that is unique to Wilkes, students submit their final creative manuscripts to literary agents, publishers or producers for feedback, which is delivered during a private session with the outside reader. 

Program graduates have published over 100 novels, memoirs and nonfiction works; produced over 50 plays; published over 30 chapbooks or poetry collections; produced over 40 films; published hundreds of articles, poems and short stories; started four new journals or publishing companies; and secured work as editors, teachers, filmmakers or other writing-related jobs. 

Notable alumni include Marlon James, author of the 2015 American Book Award and 2015 Man Booker Prize Winner A Brief History of Seven Killings; Morowa Yejide, author of the novel Time of the Locust, which was longlisted for the 2015 PEN/Robert W. Bingham Prize for Debut Fiction; and Scranton native Barbara J. Taylor, author of Sing in the Morning, Cry at Night, which was a Publisher’s Weekly 2014 summer reads pick. 

Tuition is $647 per credit plus applicable fees. Apply by Jan. 1 for the new semester beginning on Jan. 8. For more information, please visit http://wilkes.edu/cw