Wilkes University

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MFA Programs

Program Established: 
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2020
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Rashidah Ismaili Abubakr, Phil Brady, Christine Gelineau, William Heyen, H. L. Hix, Tim Seibles
Fiction: Lenore Hart, Kaylie Jones, Laurie Loewenstein, Nancy McKinley, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Robert Mooney, Taylor Polites, David Poyer, Nina Solomon, Jeff Talarigo
Creative Nonfiction: Beverly Donofrio, Laurie Jean, J. Michael Lennon, Kevin Oderman, Donna Talarico
Playwriting: Bonnie Culver, Gregory Fletcher, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, Juanita Rockwell
Screenwriting: Susan Cartsonis, Ross Klavan, Michael Mailer, Robert May, 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, Blue Moon Plays, SenArt Films, Resonant Films, and Michael Mailer Films.

Other Features: 

The program is a sequential MA/MFA program; students must complete their MA degree at Wilkes 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.