Wilkes University

MFA Programs

Program Established: 
Wilkes-Barre, PA
Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction
2-3 Years
Incoming Class Size: 
Application Deadline: 
December 15, 2016
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

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 where students first complete the studio/mentor MA and produce a full-length manuscript.

The program offers the MA in screenwriting, playwriting, fiction, nonfiction, poetry, documentary film, and publishing. The faculty in playwriting includes Bonnie Culver, Jean Klein, Jan Quackenbush, Gregory Fletcher, Juanita Rockwell, and Robert Arthur. The faculty in screenwriting includes Richard Uhlig, Ross Klavan, Ken Vose, Robert May, Michael Mailer, and Susan Cartsonis.

All manuscripts are read and reviewed by an outside reader who is an agent, publisher, producer, or editor. All students also gives a public reading of their manuscript. For fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, graduates read cuttings from their manuscripts and do a Q&A; screenwriters hear a table reading of their script followed by a talkback with producers; playwrights participate in a professional staged reading at the Dramatists Guild, NYC followed by a talkback.

Students attend two eight-day residencies on campus in June and January.

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).