Wilkes University

MFA Programs

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Program Established: 
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2021
Application Fee: 
Contact E-mail: 
Core Faculty Includes: 

Poetry: Rashidah Ismaili AbuBakr, Remica Bingham-Risher, Phil Brady, Christine Gelineau
Fiction: Kaylie Jones, Laurie Loewenstein, Nancy McKinley, Robert Mooney, Taylor Polites, Nisha Sharma, Jeff Talarigo
Creative Nonfiction: Sari Botton, Beverly Donofrio, Laurie Jean, J. Michael Lennon, Robin Micah McCrary
Playwriting: Bonnie Culver, Gregory Fletcher, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, Nicole Pandolfo, Dania Ramos, Juanita Rockwell
Screenwriting: Susan Cartsonis, Lisa Jones, Ross Klavan, Richard Uhlig

Funding/Employment Opportunities: 

The program offers graduate assistantships and scholarships.

Affiliated Publications/Publishers: 

Akashic Books, Etruscan Press, Kaylie Jones Books, Blue Moon Plays, Resonant Films

Other Features: 

The program is a sequential MA/MFA program; students must complete their three-semester MA degree at Wilkes before pursuing a MFA degree for two more semesters. The program offers degrees in screenwriting, playwriting, and publishing, in addition to degrees in poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and spoken word.

Students may choose between two residency options: two eight-day residencies in January and June, or online “Weekender” classes offered shortly after the residencies. 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.