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Wilkes University

MFA and MA Programs

MFA Program Established: 
Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
Genres Include:
Poetry, Fiction, and Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Program Size: 
Application Deadline:
December 15, 2015
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poets: Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Robert P. Arthur, Philip Brady, Christine Gelineau, Jan Quackenbush, Neil Shepard, Thom Ward

Fiction writers: Robert P. Arthur, John Bowers, Becky Bradway, Beverly Donofrio, Lenore Hart, Marlon James, Kaylie Jones, Nancy McKinley, Robert Mooney, Taylor Polites, David Poyer, Sara Pritchard, Nina Solomon, Jeff Talarigo

Nonfiction writers: Robert P. Arthur, John Bowers, Becky Bradway, Philip Brady, Beverly Donofrio, Christine Gelineau, Lenore Hart, Kaylie Jones, J. Michael Lennon, Nancy McKinley, Kevin Oderman, David Poyer, Neil Shepard

Playwrights: Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Robert P. Arthur, Gregory Fletcher, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, Juanita Rockwell, Ken Vose

Screenwriters: Kaylie Jones, Ross Klavan, Jan Quackenbush, Richard Uhlig, Ken Vose

Children/Young Adult writers: Beverly Donofrio, Cecilia Galante, Lenore Hart, Richard Uhlig

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

Graduate Assistantships

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Etruscan Press

Other Features: 

The program is a sequential MA/MFA program; students must complete their MA in creative writing before enrolling in the MFA program.

Students attend two eight-day residencies each year in January and June at the Wilkes University campus.

The program offers concentrations in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction, as well as playwriting and screenwriting.

The application deadline for the January residency is December 15 (December 1 to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship); the deadline for the June residency is May 15 (May 1 to be considered for a Graduate Assistantship).

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