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Master of Arts in Creative Writing

Program Details

The online MA in Creative Writing degree program focuses on the craft and business of writing. Students are provided one-on-one guidance while being immersed in a community of working writers. All final projects are read and evaluated by an outside reader who is an agent, editor, producer, or publisher. Wilkes offers areas of study in: 

  • Fiction
  • Poetry
  • Screenwriting
  • Playwriting
  • Creative nonfiction
  • Publishing
  • Making documentary films


  • Application
  • Official transcript of all undergraduate and graduate college work
  • Creative writing sample (12-25 pages of published and/or unpublished work in any form or genre; work should give a sense of the applicant's creative abilities)
  • Essay (5-10 pages)
  • Current resume
  • Students must attend eight-day campus residencies in January and June or four weekend sessions per semester
  • ​To be considered for graduate assistantship, two letters of recommendation

Accreditation & Licensing

Middle States Commission on Higher Education