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Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

A Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing should be more than just a writing workshop. It should prepare you for your post-degree career while giving you the space to grow and develop your own unique writing voice. Drexel University’s two-year, low-residency MFA in Creative Writing is designed with the university’s commitment to experiential and career-focused education in mind. Online workshops, reading tutorials, and one-on-one packet exchanges with notable published writers will help you deepen your understanding of your craft, while residencies and professional development will prepare you with the skills and connections you need to succeed after completing your creative writing degree.

Drexel University is closely monitoring external events and will post updates if changes should occur to the MFA in Creative Writing’s in-person residencies or teaching assistantships. The Drexel MFA course of study is fully adaptable to remote-learning.

Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship Opportunities

What is an MFA in Creative Writing?

Designed for aspiring writers, an MFA in Creative Writing empowers you to enhance your creativity, while sharing and developing your work within a supportive academic community. Through workshops, residencies, and literary courses, you’ll receive feedback from your peers and professors, gain insight about the world of professional writing, and work toward creating a publishable product.

What Is a Low-Residency MFA In Creative Writing?

There are three different types of MFA in Creative Writing programs: a traditional MFA, a low-residency MFA, and an online MFA. A traditional MFA takes two to three years and is completed entirely in person. Because of the rigorous schedule and, in some cases, teaching obligations, it can be extremely difficult to complete a traditional MFA and continue to work full-time.

A low-residency MFA lets students complete much of their coursework online, allowing them to attend the program remotely. Unlike an online MFA, which is completed entirely online, a low-residency MFA requires students to attend a few in-person residencies throughout the program. This gives you flexibility in completing your coursework while still benefiting from the workshop and networking experiences of a traditional MFA.

MFA in Creative Writing Program Features

  • You’ll take a concentration in fiction writing as well as electives in areas such as YA, Historical Fiction, and Science Fiction
  • The majority of your creative writing coursework can be completed online to accommodate your busy schedule and distance learning needs
  • Opportunities to learn from award-winning writers such as Sadeqa Johnson, Hank Phillippi Ryan, and Tim Bascom
  • Learn how to pitch, and then actually pitch to working agents as part of our professional development training
  • Optional in-person teaching assistantships let you gain experience and a salary that can be put toward your creative writing degree
    • Receive instruction and mentoring in teaching composition
    • Become part of the editorial leadership team of Drexel Paper Dragon, the MFA literary magazine
    • Upon successful completion of the pedagogy track you will receive a letter documenting your teaching experience while at Drexel
    • Take part in elective study abroad experiences like the Haiti Creative Writing Intensive, which focuses on understanding the role of creative writing in creating grassroots change
    • Additional creative writing opportunities are available with military veterans, incarcerated men and women, and hospice patients

    Residencies for Creative Writing MFA Students

    Throughout the MFA degree program you’ll participate in three in-person residencies where you’ll meet with authors of distinction, professors, and classmates for workshops, craft talks, and community building.

    The Inaugural Residency
    Students convene in early October for a five-day orientation and intensive craft residency. You’ll meet with mentors and develop a customized plan for your own course of study. Past visiting authors included critically acclaimed novelists Lisa Wingate, Jamie Ford, and Chris Bohjalian.

    • Timing: October
    • Fee: $650 — Transportation and lodging not included
    • Recommended Lodging: The Study — Approximately $199 per night, plus tax

    The Professional Residency
    A distinctive factor of the Drexel MFA is the designated professional residency. This 3-day residency is designed to forge professional ties and gain real-world perspective on the publishing and producing industries.

    You’ll convene in New York during spring break of the first year to meet with publishers, agents, and editors. Visiting authors Ann Garvin and Erin Celello will provide unparalleled education on the business side of publishing for emerging authors. This education includes active discussions on the current publishing landscape, instruction on pitching, synopsis, and query writing, and creating a plan for making your publishing dreams come true. Ann and Erin will also provide intimate access to agents and editors in a low-pressure environment.

    • Timing: November
    • Fee: $650 — Transportation and lodging not included
    • Recommended Lodging: TBD — Approximately $250 per night, plus tax

    The Graduation Residency
    The culminating residency takes place on Drexel’s campus. It consists of writing workshops, individual craft meetings with mentors, career modules, and a celebration of students’ thesis work. Bestselling author Lisa Wingate will be this year’s visiting author.

    • Timing: June
    • Fee: $650 — Transportation and lodging not included
    • Recommended Lodging: The Study — Approximately $199 per night, plus tax

    Residency fees, lodging, and transportation are not included in the price of tuition. All prices are subject to change.

    2022 Residency Guest Authors

    Madeline Miller
    Spring 2022

    Madeline Miller’s first novel, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Miller was also shortlisted for the 2012 Stonewall Writer of the Year. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller, and won the Indies Choice Best Adult Fiction of the Year Award and the Indies Choice Best Audiobook of the Year Award, as well as being shortlisted for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction. Circe also won The Red Tentacle Award, an American Library Association Alex Award (adult books of special interest to teen readers), and the 2018 Elle Big Book Award. It is currently being adapted for a series with HBO Max. Miller’s novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages including Dutch, Mandarin, Japanese, Turkish, Arabic and Greek, and her essays have appeared in a number of publications including The Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Telegraph, Lapham’s Quarterly, and NPR.org.

    Jason Mott
    Fall 2022

    Bestselling author, National Book Award Winner, Sir Walter Raleigh Award for Fiction Winner, Pushcart Prize nominee, and Carnegie Medals For Excellence Longlist nominee, Jason Mott has a BFA in Fiction and an MFA in Poetry, both from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. His poetry and fiction has appeared in various literary journals. He is the author of two poetry collections: We Call This Thing Between Us Love and “…hide behind me…” He is the author of four novels: The Returned, The Wonder of All Things, The Crossing, and Hell Of A Book. The Returned, Jason’s debut novel, was adapted by Brad Pitt’s production company, Plan B, in association with Brillstein Entertainment and ABC. It aired on the ABC network under the title Resurrection. Jason’s fourth novel, Hell Of A Book, released in June 2021, was a Jenna Bush Hager “Read With Jenna” Book Club pick, Carnegie Medals For Excellence in Fiction Longlist selection, a 2022 Aspen Words Literary Prize Longlist selection, a Joyce Carol Oates Prize Longlist selection, the 2021 Sir Walter Raleigh Prize for Fiction winner, and the winner of the 2021 National Book Award for Fiction.

    Previous Residency Guest Authors

    Chris Bohjalian
    Fall 2019

    Chris Bohjalian is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of 20 books, and his work has been translated into over 30 languages. Midwives, an Oprah’s Book Club selection and a #1 New York Times bestseller, is a contemporary classic whose central questions of individual and societal responsibility remain just as pressing today as when the book was first published 20 years ago. Among Bohjalian’s many standout titles since then have been the New York Times bestsellers The Guest Room, The Sleepwalker, and The Sandcastle Girls. Bohjalian’s books have been chosen as Best Books of the Year by The Washington Post, The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, The Hartford Courant, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, Kirkus, Bookpage, and Salon. Bohjalian has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, Cosmopolitan, Reader’s Digest, and The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine. He was a weekly columnist in Vermont for The Burlington Free Press from 1992 to 2015. His awards include the New England Book Award, the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Freedom Award for his work educating Americans about the Armenian genocide, the ANCA Arts and Letters Award for The Sandcastle Girls, and other honors. He is a Fellow of the Vermont Academy of Arts and Sciences.

    Jamie Ford
    Fall 2020 and Fall 2021

    Jamie Ford is a Northwest author most widely known for his bestselling Seattle-based novels. His debut, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, spent two years on the New York Times bestseller list, won the 2010 Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature, and was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award, the Pacific Northwest Book Award, and the Langum Prize for Historical Fiction. This multi-cultural tale was adapted by Book-It Repertory Theatre, and has recently been optioned for a stage musical, and also for film, with George Takei serving as Executive Producer. His second book, Songs of Willow Frost, was also a national bestseller. An award-winning short-story writer, his work has been published in multiple anthologies and has been translated into 35 languages. He says he’s holding out for Klingon, because that’s when you know you’ve made it. Jamie is the great-grandson of Nevada mining pioneer, Min Chung, who emigrated from Kaiping, China to San Francisco in 1865, where he adopted the western name “Ford,” thus confusing countless generations.

    Lisa Wingate
    Spring 2020

    Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer’s Choice Award. Her blockbuster hit Before We Were Yours was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. Before We Were Yours has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold well over one million copies.

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    How to Get Your Book Published

    Ann Garvin, PhD, is the USA Today Bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie’s Watch. View the video below for advice from Ann on how to get your book published.

    Drexel’s 10,000 Hours Podcast: Nomi Eve

    They say to write what you know. That’s why Nomi Eve, a writer and the director of Drexel’s creative writing MFA, places her Jewish heritage at the center of her novels. Here, she talks about the process of writing historical fiction, and what she hopes her students get out of their MFA.

    This program only admits new students in the fall term.

    Related Program

    Drexel University offers a variety of Graduate Minors that can be added to any master’s degree program.
    State restrictions may apply to some programs.

    Curriculum

    This program is organized into four 10-week quarters per year (as opposed to the traditional two semester system) which means you can take more courses in a shorter time period. One semester credit is equivalent to 1.5 quarter credits.

    Up to 15 credits can be transferred into the program (all transferred credits must be approved by Drexel).

    The curriculum and course descriptions for this program can be found in the Drexel University Course Catalog.

    **This program is not accepting Screenwriting applications at this time, pending programmatic review.**

    Admissions Criteria

    • A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university

    Required Documents

    With multiple ways to submit documents, Drexel makes it easy to complete your application. Learn more by visiting our Completing Your Application Guide.

    • A completed application from all universities or colleges and other post-secondary educational institutions (including trade schools) attended
    • Personal Statement (250-500 words) addressing:
      • Your experience with creative writing thus far
      • Why you are seeking an MFA
      • Collection of flash fiction
      • Completed short story
      • Novel-in-progress

      An in-person or virtual interview will be requested once all materials are received.

      Scholarship and Teaching Assistantship Opportunities

      Tuition

      The tuition rate for the academic year 2021-2022 is $671 per credit. (A 50% tuition savings off Drexel’s regular tuition rate of $1342 per credit)

      • This program is eligible for Financial Aid.
      • The 50% savings is a special tuition rate
        • This rate applies only to new online students and students being readmitted.
        • Tuition rates are subject to increase with the start of each academic year in the fall term.
        • All students must contact [email protected] within the first two weeks of the term to request tuition savings for which they qualify.
        • Special rates cannot be combined. If you qualify for more than one special rate, you’ll be given the one with the largest savings.
        • When receiving special tuition plans with Drexel University Online, you may not combine them with other tuition benefits that may be available from Drexel University.

        A scholarship opportunity is also available for writers with marginalized backgrounds or experiences. Please visit the overview page for more information.

        Faculty

        Nomi Eve
        Program Director
        [email protected]

        Nomi Eve is the author of Henna House and The Family Orchard, which was a Book-of-the-Month Club main selection and was nominated for a National Jewish Book Award. She has an MFA in fiction writing from Brown University and has worked as a freelance book reviewer for The Village Voice and New York Newsday.

        Her stories and essays have appeared in The New York Times, Glimmer Train Stories, The Voice Literary Supplement, Conjunctions, and The International Quarterly. She teaches fiction writing at Drexel University and lives in Philadelphia with her family.

        Tim Bascom

        Tim Bascom is author of a new collection of autobiographical stories titled Climbing Lessons: Stories of Fathers, Sons and the Bond Between (Light Messages Press, 2020). He is also the author of two coming-of-ago memoirs set in Ethiopia, where his parents worked as missionaries before and during the Marxist Revolution: Running to the Fire (University of Iowa Press, April, 2015, Finalist for the IndieFab Memoir of the Year) and Chameleon Days (Houghton Mifflin, 2006, winner of the Bakeless Literary Prize in Nonfiction). He is the author of an additional collection of essays (The Comfort Trap) and a novel (Squatters’ Rites), and his writing has won editor’s prizes at The Missouri Review and Florida Review, being selected for Best American Travel Writing and Best Creative Nonfiction as well as the anthologies Law and Disorder and Fried Walleye and Cherry Pie.

        Denny S. Bryce

        An award-winning author, Denny S. Bryce won the RWA Golden Heart® and was a three-time GH finalist, including twice for Wild Women and the Blues. She also writes book reviews for NPR Books and entertainment articles for FROLIC Media

        Julie Cantrell

        Julie Cantrell is a multiple award-winning, New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author, editor, story coach, TEDx speaker, and ghostwriter. She served as editor-in-chief of the Southern Literary Review and has received the Mississippi Arts Commission Literary Arts Fellowship, the Rivendell Writer’s Colony Mary Elizabeth Nelson Fellowship, and the Pat Conroy Writer’s Residency Fellowship. Her novels have earned starred reviews from Publishers Weekly and Library Journal and have been featured in Top Reads lists by LitHub, Redbook, Southern Living Magazine, REAL SIMPLE, BookBub, HuffPost, USA TODAY, and more. As a novelist, she’s received two Christy Awards, two Carol Awards, and the Mississippi Library Association Fiction Award. She was named a short-list finalist twice for the Mississippi Arts & Letters Fiction Award as well as a two-time short-list finalist for the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize. In addition to her work with survivors of abuse and her service as a literacy advocate, she’s a member of the Tall Poppy Writers and Her Novel Collective, two organizations that promote the power of story and elevate female voices.

        Heather Christie

        Heather Christie is the author What the Valley Knows, a Young Adult novel with lots of adult crossover appeal. WTVK debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Release List in the Teen & Young Adult Romantic Mysteries & Thriller category and went on to win the YA National Indie Excellence Awards and the YA Maxy Awards. Kirkus Reviews calls WTVK, “A taut, compelling family tale.”

        Paula Marantz Cohen
        [email protected]
        215.895.1266

        Paula Marantz Cohen is Distinguished Professor of English and Dean of the Pennoni Honors College at Drexel University. She is the author of ten books, including five best-selling novels. These include a series of satirical novels of manners: Jane Austen in Boca; Much Ado About Jessie Kaplan; Jane Austen in Scarsdale or Love, Death, and the SATS; Suzanne Davis Gets a Life; and a historical thriller, What Alice Knew: A Most Curious Tale of Henry James and Jack the Ripper. Her novels have been featured in People Magazine and Vanity Fair and been Book of the Month and Mystery Guild selections. Her play, The Seduction of Genius, was a finalist for the Julie Harris Playwriting Award and was given dramatic readings at the Jewish Ensemble Theater (JET) in Bloomfield, Illinois, and at Smith College.

        She is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal, The Times Literary Supplement of London, The Yale Review, The American Scholar, and The Chronicle of Higher Education. She is a co-editor of jml: Journal of Modern Literature and the host of the nationally distributed television talk show, The Drexel InterView, where her guests have included: the late Nora Ephron and Christopher Hitchens, the filmmaker John Waters, the eminent scientist E.O Wilson, and the chess master and political activist, Garry Kasparov – among other notable and influential figures.

        Kelly Creagh

        Kelly Creagh is the author of Nevermore, Enshadowed, Oblivion (Atheneum,) and Phantom Heart (Viking.) Her titles, which revisit, incorporate, and reimagine the classic gothic works of Edgar Allan Poe and Gaston Leroux, have been translated into multiple languages and, in the instance of Phantom Heart, adapted for audiobook format. In addition to writing YA novels, Kelly crafts exclusive middle-grade, YA, and children’s short fiction, plays, and non-fiction pieces for notable technology-based educational companies that aim to develop student literacy and cultivate a love of reading in young people. She holds an MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults from Spalding University and a BS in Theatre Arts from the University of Louisville. Based in Louisville, Kentucky, Kelly also works as a writing coach, a freelance writer, and a dance instructor. Currently, she is working on a second gothic-literature-inspired YA novel for Viking.

        Sonali Dev

        USA Today Bestselling author Sonali Dev writes Bollywood-style love stories that let her explore issues faced by women around the world while still indulging her faith in a happily ever after. Sonali’s novels have been on Library Journal, NPR, Washington Post, and Kirkus’s Best Books of the year lists. She has won the American Library Association’s award for best romance, the RT Reviewer Choice Award for best contemporary romance, multiple RT Seals of Excellence, is a and has been listed for the Dublin Literary award.

        Tina Ann Forkner

        Tina Ann Forkner is a freelance editor, the author of five novels including The Real Thing, Waking Up Joy, and Ruby Among Us. She is a member of Tall Poppy Writers. Tina leads summer writing workshops for young writers at Laramie County Community College and writing seminars for adults at the Laramie County Library. She served on the library’s Foundation Board of Directors for six years and is still active as a past member. She is now writing her sixth novel. Tina lives in Wyoming and is a graduate of California State University, Sacramento.

        Brandi Megan Granett

        Brandi Megan Granett is an author, online English professor, and writing coach. She earned her PhD in Creative Writing at Aberystwyth University and her MFA in Fiction from Sarah Lawrence College. Her next novel, Ever Glade, will be released in Fall 2019. Triple Love Score, was published by Wyatt-Mackenzie in Fall 2016. Morrow published her first novel, My Intended, in 2000. Her short fiction appeared in Pebble Lake Review, Folio, Pleiades, and other literary magazines and is collected in the volume, Cars and Other Things That Get Around. When she is not writing or teaching or mothering, you will find her on the archery range.

        Katie Rose Guest Pryal

        Katie Rose Guest Pryal is an Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the bestselling author of three essay collections, including Life of the Mind Interrupted: Essays on Mental Health and Disability in Higher Education. She is also the author of four novels, including Entanglement and Chasing Chaos. She is a columnist for Catapult Magazine and the Chronicle of Higher Education, and her work has appeared in many literary magazines, including Ecotone, The Evansville Review, Descant, Bayou Magazine, and more. In 2016, she co-founded Blue Crow Books, a traditional small press that publishes fiction and narrative nonfiction. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English cum laude from Duke University, her Master’s degree in creative writing from the Writing Seminars of Johns Hopkins University, her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and her PhD in English from the University of North Carolina Greensboro.

        Cassandra Hirsch

        Casey Hirsch is the author of stories and essays and the novel, Under the Linden Tree, awarded the Novel of Promise Award from Ocean Creative Publishing.

        Ravi Howard

        Ravi Howard is the author of two novels, Like, Trees, Walking and Driving the King (HarperCollins). In addition to being selected as a finalist for the Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award, Like, Trees, Walking won the Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence. Howard has received fellowships and awards from the Black Caucus of the American Library Association,the Hurston-Wright Foundation, and the National Endowment for the Arts. His short fiction has appeared in Salon, Massachusetts Review, Silent Beaches, Untold Stories, Saw Palm, and Alabama Noir. His essays have appeared in The New York Times, Atlanta, and Gravy, and he has recorded commentary and fiction for NPR’s All Things Considered and Mississippi Public Broadcasting’s Thacker Mountain Radio.

        Amy Impellizzeri

        Amy Impellizzeri’s novels (Lemongrass Hope, Secrets of Worry Dolls, The Truth About Thea, Why We Lie, I Know How This Ends) have won accolades including Foreword Reviews Book of the Year Awards and National Indie Excellence Awards. Amy is also the author of the non-fiction book, Lawyer Interrupted (ABA Publishing 2015) (featured by ABC27, The Atlantic, Above the Law, and more), plus numerous essays and articles that have appeared in online and print journals including: Writer’s Digest, BookTrib, The Huffington Post, ABA Law Practice Today, The Glass Hammer, Divine Caroline, Skirt! Magazine, and more. Amy is a past President of the Women’s Fiction Writer’s Association, a member of the Tall Poppy Writers, a 2018 Writer-In-Residence at Ms-JD.org (as well as a recipient of their 2019 “Road Less Traveled Award”), and a frequently invited speaker at legal conferences and writing workshops across the country.

        Kosoko Jackson

        Kosoko Jackson is a vocal champion of diversity in YA literature, the author of YA novels featuring African American queer protagonists, and a sensitivity reader for Big Five Publishers. His YA debut, Yesterday is History is published by Sourcebooks Fire, and his adult #OwnVoices queer Romcom, I’M SO (NOT) OVER YOU will come out in 2022, by Berkley Romance.

        Evan James

        Evan James is the author of I’ve Been Wrong Before: Essays and Cheer Up, Mr Widdicombe: A Novel. James is an award-winning writer whose personal essays and fiction have appeared in such publications as Oxford American, Travel + Leisure, and The New York Times, among others. He received an MFA in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and has received fellowships from Yaddo, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, The Carson McCullers Center, The Elizabeth Kostova Foundation, The University of Iowa, and the Lambda Literary Writers’ Retreat, where he was a 2017 Emerging LGBTQ Voices Fellow.

        Caleb Johnson

        Caleb Johnson is the author of the novel Treeborne (Picador), which received an honorable mention for the Southern Book Prize and was longlisted for The Crook’s Corner Book Prize. His writing can be found in The Bitter Southerner, The Paris Review Daily, Southern Living, The Wall Street Journal, and elsewhere. Caleb grew up in Arley, Ala., studied journalism and art history at The University of Alabama, and earned an MFA in creative writing from the University of Wyoming. He has received fellowships from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference and The Jentel Foundation.

        Sadeqa Johnson

        Sadeqa Johnson is the award-winning author of The Yellow Wife, And Then There Was Me, Second House From the Corner and Love in a Carry-on Bag. Her accolades include being the recipient of the National Book Club award, Phillis Wheatley award and the USA Best Book award for best fiction. She is a Kimbilio Fellow, former board member of the James River Writers, and proud member of the Tall Poppy Writers.

        Karen Karbo

        Karen Karbo is the best-selling author of 16 works of fiction and non-fiction, including the international best seller The Gospel According to Coco Chanel. Her work has appeared in Vogue, Elle, Outside, Tin House, The Los Angeles Review of Books, and the New York Times Modern Love column. She has taught writing workshops at the University of Oregon, Rutgers University, Portland State University, Tin House, Portland Literary Arts, and the Todos Santos Writers Workshop. She launched Come to Karbohemia, her writing retreat in the South of France, in 2018.

        Tif Marcelo

        Tif Marcelo is a veteran army nurse and holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and a Master of Public Administration. She is the author of The Key to Happily Ever After, a Target Diverse Book Club pick, the Journey to the Heart series, and her most recent work, Once Upon a Sunset. She and her work have been featured on The Today Show, Shondaland, NPR, Bustle, Buzzfeed, the Asian Journal, Travel & Leisure, and Women’s World. She is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs and is a proud Tall Poppy Writer. Currently, she lives in the DC metro area.

        Teresa Messineo

        Teresa Messineo is a graduate of DeSales, where she majored in English, Biology, and Theology, and received her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing (MFA-CW). She is the recipient of the Ross Baker Memorial Award for Writing, that university’s highest honor for writers. She spent seven years researching The Fire by Night, her historical fiction novel about frontline military nurses of the Second World War. HarperCollins published The Fire by Night in 2017, and it is currently available in three languages in seven countries. Her second novel, What We May Become, will be released by Severn House on March 31st, 2022.

        Jon McGoran

        Jon McGoran is the award-winning author of nine novels for adults and young adults including the YA science fiction thrillers Spliced and its upcoming sequel Splintered, as well as the acclaimed ecological thrillers Drift, Deadout, and Dust Up. Spliced was named to the American Library Association’s Excellence in Children’s and Young Adult Science Fiction Notable List and the American Bookseller’s Association’s 2017 ABC Best Books for Young Readers. Spliced is also on the shortlist for South Carolina’s Young Adult Book of the Year. McGoran’s other books include the D. H. Dublin forensic thrillers Body Trace, Blood Poison, and Freezer Burn; and The Dead Ring, based on the TV show, The Blacklist. He also works as a freelance writer, developmental editor and writing coach, and is cohost of The Liars Club Oddcast, a podcast about writing and creativity.

        Harriet Levin Millan
        [email protected]
        215.895.6485

        Harriet Levin Millan is the author of the novel How Fast Can You Run, which grew out of a One Book, One Philadelphia writing project and was excerpted in The Kenyon Review and profiled on NPR. She is also the author of three books of poetry, The Christmas Show, winner of The Barnard New Women Poets Prize and The Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award; Girl in Cap, a 2009 National Poetry Series finalist; and My Oceanography. A PEW Fellowship in the Arts Discipline winner, her writing has appeared widely in journals such as Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, The Iowa Review, The Harvard Review, PEN America, The Forward, and The Smart Set. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing at Drexel where she directs the English Department’s Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing.

        Sandra Novack

        Sandra Novack’s novel Precious (Random House) was named a Booklist Top Ten Debut and was a Reader’s Circle selection. Novack is also the author of the story collection Everyone But You (Random House), which was called “gutsy,” “raw,” and “honest,” with “artfully crafted characters,” and was named a Best Chicago area book. Her short stories have appeared in over thirty literary venues, including Gulf Coast, The Chattahoochee Review, The Iowa Review, and The Gettysburg Review. Her work has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize three times, and Stephen King named “Memphis” a Distinguished Story. Novack is a graduate of Vermont College’s Fine Arts Program. She’s now at work on her fourth book (adult, literary novel) and a middle-grade work.

        Rachel Pastan

        Rachel Pastan’s most recent novel, Alena (Riverhead, 2014), was named an Editors’ Choice in The New York Times Book Review and is a finalist for the New England Society Book Award in fiction. She is also the author of two other novels, Lady of the Snakes (Harcourt, 2008) and This Side of Married (Viking, 2004). Her short fiction has been published in The Georgia Review, The Threepenny Review, Mademoiselle, Prairie Schooner, and many other places. She has a BA in English from Harvard College and an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and has received grants from the Wisconsin Arts Board and the Delaware Arts Council. In 2014 she edited Seven Writers (The Common Press), a chapbook of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry inspired by exhibitions organized at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, where until recently she served as Editor-at-Large.

        Maegan Poland

        Maegan Poland, PhD, holds a PhD in English, with an emphasis in creative writing, from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a Black Mountain Institute PhD Fellow. She also holds an MFA in Fiction from the University of Mississippi, as well as a BFA in Writing for Screen and Television from the University of Southern California, where she was a Trustee Scholar. Her debut short story collection What Makes You Think You Are Awake? won the Bakwin Award at Blair Press. Her fiction has appeared in numerous journals, including Mississippi Review, Pleiades, and Beloit Fiction Journal. Her writing has been awarded a Special Mention in the Pushcart Prize anthology, a Tin House scholarship and a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation. She has served as Fiction Editor for Witness magazine, and as Managing Editor for Yalobusha Review.

        Aimie K. Runyan

        Aimie K. Runyan writes to celebrate history’s unsung heroines. She has written five historical novels, including the internationally bestselling Daughters of the Night Sky. Her most recent novel, Girls On The Line is a Historical Novel Society Editor’s Choice for February 2019. She is active as an educator and speaker in the writing community and beyond. She has been nominated for a 2019 Rocky Mountain Fiction Writer of the Year award and a 2019 Colorado Book Award. Her fifth novel, Across the Winding River releases in August of 2020.

        Hank Philippi Ryan

        Hank Phillippi Ryan is the USA Today bestselling author of 13 thrillers, winning the most prestigious awards in the genre: five Agathas, four Anthony’s, and the coveted Mary Higgins Clark Award. She is also on-air investigative reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV, with 37 Emmy’s and dozens more journalism honors. Her 2019 novel, The Murder List, won the Anthony Award for Best Novel. Hank’s 2020 novel is the chilling psychological The First to Lie nominated for both the prestigious Anthony Award for Best Novel and Mary Higgins Clark Award. Her Perfect Life received starred reviews from Kirkus and Publisher’s Weekly, which called “a superlative thriller.”

        Kelly Simmons

        Kelly Simmons is an advertising creative director and the author of the critically acclaimed novels Standing Still and The Bird House (Simon & Schuster) plus Target bestseller One More Day, The Fifth of July, and her newest, Where She Went (Sourcebooks.)

        Scott Stein

        Scott Stein is Teaching Professor of English at Drexel University, Director of the Drexel Publishing Group, and Founding Editor of Write Now Philly. He teaches courses on fiction writing, writing humor and comedy, publishing, Kafka, strange fiction, and superheroes. His MFA is from the University of Miami and his MA is from New York University. Scott’s novels are The Great American Deception (Tiny Fox Press, 2020), Mean Martin Manning (ENC Press, 2007), and Lost (self-published, 2000). His short satirical fiction has been published in The Oxford University Press Humor Reader, National Review, Art Times, Liberty, The G.W. Review, and Shale. He has written book reviews, nonfiction, and essays for The Philadelphia Inquirer, Reason, New York magazine, Liberty, and the Publishers Marketing Association Newsletter.

        Belinda Huijuan Tang

        Belinda Huijuan Tang is a fiction writer living in Los Angeles. Her debut novel, A Map for the Missing, will be published by Penguin Press in 2022. She received her B.A. from Stanford University, a M.A. from Peking University in Beijing, and an M.F.A in Fiction from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was a Truman Capote Fellow and Michener Copernicus Post-Graduate Fellow. In 2019, she was a work-study fellow at Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.

        Heather Webb

        Heather Webb is the USA Today and international bestselling author of historical fiction. In 2015, Rodin’s Lover was a Goodread’s Top Pick, and in 2018, Last Christmas in Paris won the Women’s Fiction Writers Association STAR Award. Her latest, Meet Me in Monaco, was selected as a finalist for the 2020 RNA awards in the United Kingdom and also for the 2019 Digital Book World’s Fiction prize. To date, Heather’s books have been translated to over a dozen languages.

        Allison Whittenberg

        Allison Whittenberg is the author of Sweet Thang and Life is Fine, published by Delacorte Books. Allison writes for middle grade readers and has several plays that have been performed including The Bard of Frogtown, I Don’t Dance, The Homeboy, Choice, and Skylark.

        Professional Development/Publishing Specialists

        Erin Celello

        Erin Celello is the author of the novels Miracle Beach and Learning to Stay. Her work has also appeared in Zocalo Public Square and Proximity Magazine. She is a professor of Creative Writing at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, a proud Tall Poppy Writer, and the co-founder of The 5th Semester. She holds a MFA in fiction and a MA in nonfiction writing and composition pedagogy from Northern Michigan University.

        Ann Garvin

        Ann Garvin, PhD, is the USA Today Bestselling author of I Like You Just Fine When You’re Not Around, The Dog Year, and On Maggie’s Watch. Her essays have been published in Writer’s Digest, USA Today, Psychology Today, The Last Word on Nothing, Huffington Post, and Unreasonable. She has performed several times in Listen To Your Mother & The Moth. Ann is a sought-after speaker and has taught extensively in New York, San Francisco, Los Angelos, Boston, and at festivals across the country. She is the founder of the Tall Poppy Writers Marketing Co-op.

        Creative Writing/Disability Arts Consultant

        Kenny Fries

        Kenny Fries is the author of In the Province of the Gods, which received the Creative Capital literature award; The History of My Shoes and the Evolution of Darwin’s Theory, winner of the Outstanding Book Award from the Gustavus Myers Center for the Study of Bigotry and Human Rights; and Body, Remember: A Memoir. He edited Staring Back: The Disability Experience from the Inside Out and was commissioned by Houston Grand Opera to write the libretto for The Memory Stone. His books of poems include In the Gardens of Japan, Desert Walking, and Anesthesia. Kenny’s work has appeared in The New York Times, Washington Post, Granta, The Believer, Kyoto Journal, LiteraryHub, Electric Literature, The Progressive, Catapult, Los Angeles Review of Books, and in many other publications and anthologies. He wrote the Disability Beat column for How We Get To Next, and developed the Fries Test for disability representation in our culture. His work has been translated into Spanish, German, French, and Japanese.

        Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

        Online MFA in creative writing programs help writers prepare for professional roles. This advanced degree focuses on the craft of writing. Students become skilled readers, writers, and thinkers. MFA programs often include writing workshops, craft courses, and literature courses.

        All MFA programs require applicants to hold a bachelor’s degree. However, most programs accept students with any undergraduate major. Many MFA applicants hold a degree in English or creative writing. However, MFA programs typically prioritize the quality of the applicant’s writing.

        This guide to online MFA in creative writing programs provides information on tuition rates, common courses, and popular career paths for MFA graduates.

        Questions About Creative Writing

        What is an MFA in creative writing?

        An MFA in creative writing is a graduate degree. Learners build advanced skills in writing and reading. MFA-seekers create original writing, such as fiction or poetry.

        What jobs can I get with an MFA in creative writing?

        MFA graduates can pursue careers in industries such as publishing, education, and advertising. Many MFA-holders work as writers and authors.

        Do creative writers make good money?

        According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), writers and authors earn a median annual salary of $67,120. Ths salary exceeds the median for all occupations.

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        Why Get a Degree in Creative Writing?

        Online MFA in creative writing programs train students to conduct close readings and improve their creative practice. MFA programs also help learners connect with other talented writers and build professional connections. Graduates often pursue careers as writers and authors.

        Earning an MFA in creative writing online lets students pursue their passion without sacrificing their current career. Many online programs use a low-residency model. Learners in these programs complete coursework primarily online. They also attend on-campus residency sessions a few times per year.

        How Much Does a Creative Writing Degree Cost?

        Tuition rates vary widely among online MFA programs in creative writing. Some programs offer funding through scholarships and teaching assistantships. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average cost of tuition and fees for graduate programs was $19,792 for the 2019-20 academic year.

        Most MFA programs take 2-3 years to complete. Students may earn their MFA in creative writing online to maintain employment while studying. In addition, many schools offer online bachelor’s degrees in creative writing.

        Degree-seekers often save money by pursuing online creative writing programs. Many distance programs feature lower tuition rates than on-campus options.

        Additional Online Student Fees

        Online learners can save on transportation and relocation expenses. However, they may still need to pay fees for campus services. Many schools also charge online students a technology fee, which often covers tech support and virtual learning resources.

        Many online MFA in creative writing programs use a hybrid model, which includes some on-campus sessions. Online learners usually pay for travel and lodging expenses to attend residency sessions. Some programs host optional residencies in foreign countries, which can add to these expenses.

        How Much Do Creative Writing Graduates Make?

        Creative writing graduates can pursue careers in industries such as media, publishing, and academia. The BLS reports that writers and authors who work for the performing arts or spectator sports earn a median salary of $82,350 per year. Media and communication professionals make a median salary of $61,310 annually. Technical writers earn a median annual salary of $74,650.

        MFA graduates with a strong publication history can pursue careers as postsecondary teachers. These professionals teach writing and literature courses at colleges and universities. College professors earn a median salary of $80,560 per year. Careers in academia are very competitive, and many institutions prefer candidates who hold a doctorate.

        Courses in Creative Writing

        Students earning an online MFA in creative writing develop advanced writing and literary analysis skills. Learners often specialize in fiction or poetry. Some programs offer more specializations, such as screenwriting, creative nonfiction, and travel writing.

        Some MFA programs feature traditional literature courses. Other programs use a studio model and focus on the study of literary craft. Students typically complete writing and literature electives.

        MFA in creative writing programs commonly include the following courses. Course titles and content vary by program.

        Writing Workshop

        Forms of Fiction

        American Literature After 1945

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        How to Become a Creative Writer

        While many writing jobs do not have specific education requirements, professional writers often hold at least a bachelor’s degree. MFA programs help learners gain experience and connections that can lead to career opportunities. Many writers gain experience by completing internships.

        Writers often work as freelancers. However, some pursue full-time positions. Writers can work on magazines, newspapers, and websites. They may also pursue careers in publishing and advertising. Typical job duties include researching topics, pitching ideas to editors, and drafting and editing written pieces.

        Best Online MFA in Creative Writing

        #20 WEST VIRGINIA WESLEYAN COLLEGE

        BUCKHANNON, WV

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

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        Ranked No. 58 on the list of Best Regional Universities of the South, according to U.S. News & World Report, West Virginia Wesleyan College is a church-affiliated school that allows students the opportunity to learn in a small school and small city environment. The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low-residency program that strives to make graduates proficient in their writing craft and technique so they can publish works and entertain audiences. The 49-credit curriculum offers concentrations in Poetry, Fiction, and Nonfiction and requires a creative thesis, a comprehensive annotated bibliography, a critical essay, and the completion of five-residency courses. As part of the application requirements, applicants must submit a writing sample, a 750-1,000 word statement of purpose, official transcripts, professional resume, and two letters of recommendation.

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        #19 WILKES UNIVERSITY

        WILKES-BARRE, PA

        CREATIVE WRITING MA/MFA

        Website

        Wilkes University stands out among most other colleges by having a 97% job acceptance rate. Its small class size, averaging 23 students per class, make it easier for teachers to connect with students and give them feedback on work. By taking a Master of Arts/Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, students have the opportunity to follow their passion and work on mastering their writing in poetry, screenwriting, playwriting, publishing, documentary film writing, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Students can use their voice and express themselves in a way that professionals in most fields can’t. Students will first work towards an MA, which is 30-credit hours, and can finish the MFA with an additional 18-credit hours. As part of the MFA requirements, students complete in-depth analysis in combination with a semester-long internship in arts education or publishing. Applicants are required to submit alongside their application and official transcripts a creative writing sample, a five-to-ten page essay, and a resume that details work and accomplishments. WU ranks No. 68 on the list of Best Regional Universities of the North, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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        #18 FULL SAIL UNIVERSITY

        WINTER PARK, FL

        CREATIVE WRITING MFA

        Website

        With over 110 studios and labs on campus, Creative Writing students at Full Sail University have plenty of areas in which to do what they love to do most on a computer: WRITE. FSU’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is an online course that teaches students how to incorporate visual elements in their story writing and how to effectively connect with an audience. The program can be taken in 12 months and focuses primarily on visual storytelling, character creation and development, and multimedia adaption. Before taking courses online with your computer, be sure to check out FSU’s website for technology requirements needed for classes. The 12-course, 47-semester hour program includes putting together two master portfolios and writing a film and animation. Students who apply with a GPA over 2.0 must provide official transcripts alongside the application. The Florida Association of Postsecondary Schools and Colleges awarded FSU with the College of the Year honor in 2008, 2011, and 2014.

        Net Price: $12,600

        #17 ANTIOCH UNIVERSITY OF LOS ANGELES

        LOS ANGELES, CA

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

        Website

        With an average class size of eight students, graduates at Antioch University of Los Angeles get more one-on-one mentoring from some of the nation’s best Creative Writing professors. AULA’s MFA in Creative Writing focuses on giving students the skills to be a successful and professional literary artist. The focus on craft, revision, and critical-thinking skills, along with ethical responsibilities and the business side of writing and publishing will prepare graduates for the world of writing when they leave school. Students can focus on a concentration in either Poetry, Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, or Writing for Young People in their coursework. As part of the program, students must complete the Project Period Core Requirements, which include a critical paper, critical manuscript, monthly packet of creative work and book annotations, The Art of Translation and Adaptation Online Conference, a field study, and a culminating annotated bibliography. Applicants must submit alongside the application a professional resume, an essay, and official transcripts.

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        #16 EMERSON COLLEGE

        MFA IN POPULAR FICTION WRITING

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        Many may think Emerson College is named after Ralph Waldo Emerson, but it is actually named instead after Charles Wesley Emerson, who is considered the founding father of the school and a prominent teacher and orator there. The Master of Fine Arts Degree in Fiction Writing is taught by award-winning faculty members who focus on helping students find their voice in writing. Genres that are concentrated on include fantasy, science-fiction, horror, mystery, thrillers, and young adult writing. The 36-credit hour curriculum includes 16-credits of writing workshops that students must enroll in, eight credits of literature courses, eight credits of publishing courses, and a four-credit master’s thesis. For more information on admissions requirements, you can contact the university on its website. EC ranks No. 6 on the list of Best Universities North, according to U.S. News & World Report.

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        #15 MISSISSIPPI UNIVERSITY FOR WOMEN

        Columbus, MS

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

        Website

        Don’t be fooled by the name. The Mississippi University does admit men, doing so since 1982. A school population of 3,000, MUFW offers writers the opportunity to study a low-residency Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. The 48-hour curriculum teaches students to use more imagination in their writing and create stories that target different audiences in different genres. The online program includes courses in poetry, drama, early women writers, southern fiction, playwriting, news media, and literary magazine production. Students are also required to take workshops and complete an internship during their studies. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a professional resume.

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        #14 UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS AT MONTICELLO

        MONTICELLO, AR

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

        Website

        The University of Arkansas at Monticello has six graduate programs, five of which are completely online. One of those is the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing that is a non-residency program aimed at improving students’ critical thinking, creative writing, and literary analysis skills. Students will enroll in one of three genres as part of their 48-hour curriculum: poetry, fiction, or creative nonfiction. Students can jump into different genres, which is encouraged by the faculty. By moving at their pace, the program can be completed within a year. As part of the admissions requirements, applicants must submit to the university all official transcripts, a personal essay, a critical analysis essay, a manuscript, three letters of recommendation, and a professional resume.

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        #13 WESTERN CONNECTICUT STATE UNIVERSITY

        MFA IN CREATIVE & PROFESSIONAL WRITING

        Website

        Western Connecticut State University’s mission is to foster student’s growth as individuals and professionals and to train them to become leaders in the community. The MFA in Creative and Professional Writing allows students to grow as individuals, find their inner passion, and enhance their critical-thinking skills and creativity. The curriculum includes online workshops and the study and practice of writing different genres throughout the program. Students will also be assigned a faculty mentor who will help them develop a portfolio and will guide them through designing an individualized syllabus, reading list, and writing workload. Applicants to the program must submit a writing sample, an application essay, and additional forms that include transcripts from their undergraduate studies.

        Net Price: $21,252

        #12 UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-VICTORIA

        VICTORIA, TX

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

        Website

        The University of Houston-Victoria is perfect for students who wish to study in a more peaceful environment and take courses online. The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is a low residency program that focuses on a variety of writing skills, such as critique, creation, revision, and poetics, in the genres of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. Students must complete 12 core semester hours, 15 elective semester hours, and an MFA Master’s Thesis where a graduate must compose a book of literary merit. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, a two-page letter explaining why they want to join the program, a 20-30-page creative writing sample, official GRE data, and official transcripts. UHV ranks No. 96 on the list of Best Regional Universities of the West, according to U.S. News & World Report.

        Net Price: $9,900

        #11 ARCADIA UNIVERSITY

        GLENSIDE, PA

        CREATIVE WRITING MFA/ENGLISH

        Website

        According to its website, Arcadia University ranks among the best in the nation when it comes to its faculty and innovation, best universities in the Northeast, and best college dormitories. It makes learning easier with those kinds of credentials, especially for writers. The Master of Arts and Fine Arts Dual Degree in Creative Writing and English prepares students for a career in teaching creative writing, literature, and college composition. Courses are offered both on-campus and online, and the two programs can be taken concurrently. As part of the creative writing curriculum, students will expand their horizons, taking part in workshops, studying abroad, working on manuscripts and publishing, and working one-on-one with a faculty mentor who can elevate their writing to levels of higher degrees. Both degrees offer courses that are low residency. Applicants must provide the university with two letters of recommendation, a 15-20-page creative writing sample, a personal statement, and official transcripts. Applicants are also required to set up an interview with a board member before a decision can be made on the application.

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        #10 BAY PATH UNIVERSITY

        LONGMEADOW, MA

        MFA IN CREATIVE NONFICTION WRITING

        Website

        Bay Path University was recently named among the Fastest Growing Colleges in Master’s Institutions by the Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac . The fully-online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Nonfiction Writing is a no-residency program that strives to develop good and aspiring writers into great writers. The 39-credit curriculum allows students to work at their own pace and includes three-semester seminars with award-winning faculty mentors who can give detailed feedback to assist students in perfecting their work and getting it published. There is also the option of studying abroad and taking a summer seminar in Ireland. Applicants can only apply if they have a 3.0 GPA in their undergraduate studies and are required to submit to admissions a 250-word essay, two letters of recommendation, transcripts, and a ten-page writing sample, which can be one or two works.

        Net Price: $2,496

        #9 NATIONAL UNIVERSITY

        SAN DIEGO, CA

        ONLINE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

        Website

        National University is part of the technology revolution, offering a host of online degrees that are interactive and include the latest state-of-the-art advancements to make learning more educational and hands-on for students. The Online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing degree is a no-residency program that gives students extensive practice in writing poetry, essays, fictional works, and other types of writing weekly. Students will take online seminars and workshops and complete a practicum thesis and revision thesis. Among the electives to choose from are courses and seminars in film, directing, literature, poetry, and literary studies. For application requirements, contact the university on its website and be sure to have completed the list of prerequisite courses listed.

        Net Price: $27,520

        #8 EAST STROUDSBURG UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

        STROUDSBURG, PA

        MA IN PROFESSIONAL AND DIGITAL MEDIA WRITING

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        While the Master of Arts in Professional and Digital Media Writing is a no-residency program, if you do decide to live near the campus, you are within driving distance of Scranton, PA, Philadelphia, and New York City. The MA program gives students a virtual experience online in which they can interact with their professors live and receive constant feedback on writing they do. Creative writing, journalistic writing, and writing for corporate communications are all part of the coursework that students can partake in through the 30-credit curriculum. The coursework includes a final capstone writing project that students must complete in order to earn a degree. Applicants are required to submit to the office of admissions official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, a professional goals statement, and a professional resume as part of the documentation. ESUP ranks No. 142 on the list of Best Universities North, according to U.S. News & World Report.

        Net Price: $14,680

        #7 UNIVERSITY OF NEW ORLEANS

        NEW ORLEANS, LA

        CREATIVE WRITING ONLINE MFA

        Website

        The University of New Orleans was the school of choice for entertainers Ellen Degeneres, John Laroquette, and Billy Slaughter. Since their graduations, the school has expanded into a more online school, and students who study a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing can take advantage of earning a degree from home. The program concentrates on writing in poetry, fiction, and nonfiction and gives students the chance to study abroad in Ireland and Italy. The 45-credit curriculum pairs each graduate with a faculty member who will help mentor and provide feedback for all writing the student does, helping guide him or her towards his or her degree. All students must maintain at least a ‘B’ to remain in the program. The office of admissions requires applicants to submit GRE test results, official transcripts, and other documentation.

        Net Price: $16,610

        #6 LINDENWOOD UNIVERSITY

        SAINT CHARLES, MO

        Website

        Aspiring writers trying to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Writing get the chance to learn from professors who have experience working as authors, journalists, and editors. The 48-credit curriculum can be taken completely online with no-residency required and allows students to enroll in craft classes, literature classes, and writing workshops as part of the coursework. Students can serve as editorial assistants during their studies for the Lindenwood Review’s literary journal. LU ranked No. 2 on the list of Best Online Master’s in Creative Writing Programs, according to TheBestSchools.org and BestColleges.com. Applicants are required to submit official transcripts, three letters of recommendation, and a creative writing sample as part of the documentation required by admissions.

        Net Price: $24,960

        #5 QUEENS UNIVERSITY OF CHARLOTTE

        CHARLOTTE, NC

        CREATIVE WRITING MFA

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        The Queens University of Charlotte provides students with innovative education and encourages its writers to “Write To Be Read.” The Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts degree is a low-residency program that has no more than a 4:1 student-to-teacher ratio. Courses of study include fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen. Students have the opportunity to write for the Qu , the school’s literary journal. Students can also enroll in the Book Development Program and take on an internship where they work to get their writing published. Applicants are required to submit a 25-page portfolio with writing samples, two letters of recommendation, a resume, and official transcripts. QUC ranks No. 18 in Regional Universities South, according to U.S. News & World Report.

        Net Price: $9,204

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        #4 OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

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        With 50 states and 80 different countries represented, Oregon State University has the highest cumulative GPA of any school in the state of Oregon. The Cascades campus offers students a chance to study online the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, a low-residency program that focuses on aesthetic, political, social, spiritual, and physical geographies in its writing. OSU ranks No. 17 on the list of Best Online Master’s in Creative Writing, according to Best College Reviews . As part of the two-year program, students will write in three different genres: fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction. The studies are self-directed and self-paced, and the curriculum includes Narrative Theory, Writing for the Unknown, Nontraditional Poetry, Writing the Sticky Stuff, Publishing, Turning Empathy Into Action, and Using Oral Histories. Applicants are required to submit to the university official transcripts, writing samples, a statement of objectives, and a resume that highlights awards and accomplishments.

        Net Price: $7,043

        #3 EASTERN KENTUCKY UNIVERSITY

        RICHMOND, KY

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

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        Home of The Colonels, Eastern Kentucky University ranks No. 11 on the list among Fastest Online College Programs, according to CollegePlan.com. The MFA in Creative Writing focuses on Literary Fiction, Popular/Genre fiction, Creative Nonfiction, and Poetry. With the degree, graduates will be able to teach courses at college-level related to English, Creative Writing, and Composition, or they can apply for other writing jobs where they can publish material. Students are required to complete 12 residency courses, while the rest of the coursework can be taken online. Applicants need to compile a portfolio of work and writing and submit it to the office of admission along with their application, undergraduate transcripts, GRE scores, resume, and letters of recommendation. Only applicants with a 3.0 GPA or higher are eligible for enrollment into the program.

        Net Price: $36,454

        #2 UNIVERSITY OF NEBRASKA AT OMAHA

        MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

        Website

        The University of Nebraska is the home of Warren Buffet and the birthplace of Kool-Aid. Among its four campuses throughout the Midwest is the Omaha campus that gives writers the opportunity to earn a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Students who take on the program are required to take four, 16-week distance writing seminars and five, ten-day residency workshop sessions. The 60-credit curriculum is comprised of writing in the genres of poetry, playwriting, creative nonfiction, young adult, fiction, and screenwriting. Applicants are required to submit two letters of recommendation, a statement of purpose, official transcripts, a resume, and a writing sample. The writing sample must include 15-40 pages of work on the genre the student is applying for.

        Net Price: $7,630

        #1 THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT EL PASO

        ONLINE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING

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        A school that started with 27 miners just over 100 years ago, The University of Texas at El Paso has been growing ever since and has expanded to 23,000 students and over 100 graduate and post-graduate degrees offered. The Online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing requires no-residency and can be completed from anywhere in the world. The 48-semester hour curriculum includes 42-hours of workshops and literature courses followed by a six-hour thesis where students complete and publish a manuscript in poetry or fiction. Students will have interactions with professors through online courses and receive steady feedback and guided direction. With the degree, graduates can teach at the college level in writing or work in fields where they can publish different works. As part of the application requirements, interested students are required to submit eight-to-ten pages of poetry or 20 pages of fiction writing. Applicants are also required to submit three letters of recommendation, official undergraduate transcripts, and a statement of purpose. Past students who have graduated in the program have won nationally recognized literary awards, including the highly prestigious Premio Tusquets de la Novela.

        Writing with Us
        The Online MFA in Creative Writing

        The University of Texas at El Paso is proud to offer a fully online Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. Writers can complete the entire degree from anywhere in the world, as there is no residency requirement.

        Our goal is to prepare serious writers for publishing and teaching careers. The degree plan consists of 48 hours of coursework – 42 hours of workshops and literature classes (14 courses), followed by 6 hours of thesis during which students complete a publishable manuscript in poetry or fiction.

        We offer a workshop-heavy M.F.A., but we believe in the necessity of a background in theory and form. Our candidates enjoy a wide variety of graduate courses in literature, from the “Form of the Short Story” to “Asian American Poetry.”

        We believe that the excellent reputation of our M.F.A. program is created by our faculty and the writers we graduate. Therefore, our primary goal is to connect our students with solid writers who will aid in their artistic and intellectual development.

        The main criterion for admission is a writing sample in either fiction or poetry. We look for writers with distinctive or developing voices, a sense of cultural or social awareness, and a yearning to expand one’s use of the craft. It’s simple; if you’re good at what you do, we want you to study with us.

        We encourage but do not favor undergraduate degrees in Creative Writing or English. Our students and graduates come from various fields, from physics to theater, and all of them enrich the writing experience. Some of our applicants are establishing themselves as writers, while some already have books published, but need the M.F.A. degree to advance in their teaching careers. Whatever level you find yourself at, we welcome your work.

        Our classes and discussions are held in English, however if you feel more comfortable, or feel like exploring language, you may submit your creative assignments in Spanish.

        We look forward to hearing from you.

        No matter where you are in the world, write with us.

        Sylvia Aguilar-Zéleny, Advisor for the Online MFA

        For questions concerning the M.F.A. curriculum itself, please write us at [email protected]

        For questions about the application process, please contact [email protected]

        Maestría en Escritura Creativa en Línea de UTEP

        La Universidad de Texas en El Paso se enorgullece en ofrecer la Maestría en Escritura Creativa en línea completamente en español. Ahora también los escritores latinos podrán realizar sus estudios de posgrado con nosotros en tu idioma y desde cualquier lugar del mundo.

        El programa consta de 48 créditos académicos a completar en el curso de tres años. Nuestras materias cubren un amplio rango de tópicos como traducción literaria, guión, crónica, novela corta y prosa poética, entre otros. Además, si eres bilingüe puedes optar por llevar materias en inglés.

        Nuestro objetivo es preparar a los escritores para que publiquen y emprendan una carrera como maestros a nivel licenciatura y posgrado. La tesis a desarrollar dentro del programa es un libro en los géneros de poesía, ficción, o no ficción. Así que al graduarte estarás listo para el mundo editorial.

        Aceptamos postulantes de cualquier parte del mundo y de diversas carreras. Aunque la gran mayoría de ellos vienen del área de literatura, nuestros alumnos y graduados provienen también de áreas como física, comunicación, y teatro, consolidándose así un diálogo enriquecedor.

        Buscamos escritores que tengan conciencia intercultural y social, así como un deseo por ampliar la técnica de su oficio. Todos nuestros profesores son escritores activos y destacados en la escena literaria de las Américas. Cada uno de ellos habrá de contribuir en tu desarrollo artístico e intelectual. Esta es tu oportunidad de discutir tu trabajo con voces experimentadas y consolidar tu progreso literario.

        Nuestras clases son impartidas en inglés, sin embargo, nuestro profesorado es bilingüe, esto te permite escribir en el idioma que más te sientas cómodo, español o inglés, como prefieras.

        Envíanos tu solicitud, queremos que estudies con nosotros, no importa en qué parte del mundo estés.

        Consejera del MFA en Línea

        Universidad de Texas en El Paso. Para preguntas sobre el programa, por favor contactar a [email protected]

        Preguntas sobre el proceso de admisión, por favor contactar a Samantharai Yrigoyen [email protected]