Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing - a low residency, part-time graduate program

Are You Eligible for a Graduate Writing Program?About the M.F.A. in Creative Writing

  • Personal attention in small workshops
  • Low-residency, using technology to build a dynamic online writing community
  • Study abroad residency in Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Manuscript requirement and publication plan

Arcadia University’s low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing, the only one of its kind in the Philadelphia area, is distinctive in that it incorporates both a dynamic online environment and a study abroad experience. The course emphasizes online workshops; personal attention from faculty; studying abroad, with a residency in Edinburgh, Scotland or other locations; and the preparation of both a book-length manuscript and a plan to publish it.

Arcadia’s experienced and award-winning faculty help to prepare each student for a career in writing and in teaching the craft at the college level.

Because this is a low-residency program and students take between six and nine credits each term, each participant is able to develop much of his or her own schedule and maintain a full-time professional life outside school.

Program Highlights

  • Online Workshops—In Arcadia’s program, students participate in weekly workshops conducted online and led by the faculty, as opposed to many low-residency creative writing programs in which students have infrequent contact with their peers and instructors. Arcadia requires only that students have a consistent Internet connection. There are no extra programs to buy or download.
  • Personal Attention—In addition to the online workshops, Arcadia’s program utilizes technology to allow consistent one-on-one contact between the students and the faculty. Through the use of e-mail, instant messaging, and voice chat programs such as Skype, students are never out of touch with their faculty advisers.
  • Study abroad residenciesStudy Abroad—A global perspective is an important facet of writing. Therefore, each student spends a residency abroad at the start of the second year of the program. That residency is in Edinburgh, Scotland, and additional locations such as Umbria, Italy, may be available.
  • Manuscript and Publishing—At the end of the program, each student submits a book-length manuscript in his or her genre and works with his or her faculty adviser to develop a plan for publication.
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