Wilkes University

MFA Programs

Program Established: 
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
May 1, 2018
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Contact Name: 
Bonnie Culver
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Phil Brady, Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Christine Gelineau, H.L. Hix, William Heyen, Tim Seibles
Fiction: David Poyer, Kaylie Jones, Jeff Talarigo, Robert Mooney, Taylor Polites, Sara Pritchard, Cecilia Galante, Lenore Hart, Nancy Mckinley, Nina Solomon, Marlon James
Playwriting: Robert Arthur, Bonnie Culver, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, Gregory Fletcher, Juanita Rockwell
Screenwriting: Susan Cartsonis, Michael Mailer, Robert May, Ross Klavan, Richard Uhlig, Ken Vose

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Etruscan Press, Akashic Books, Kaylie Jones Books, Northampton House Press

Other Features: 

The program is a sequential MA/MFA program; students must complete their MA degree before pursuing a MFA degree. The program offers degrees in screenwriting, playwriting, documentary film, and publishing, in addition to degrees in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction.

Students can choose between two residency options. They can attend either two eight-day residencies each year, in January and June, or four weekend residencies each semester. All residencies take place at Wilkes University in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania.

The application deadline to be considered for a graduate assistantship is December 1 for the January residency and May 1 for the June residency. The final application deadline is December 15 for the January residency and May 15 for the June residency.