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Arcadia University

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

450 S. Easton Rd.

Glenside, PA 19038


Program director: Prof. Joshua Isard

Program contact: Prof. Joshua Isard

Phone: (267) 620-4886


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: fiction, poetry

Enrollment: 15

Total credits required: 39

Application deadlines: March 1st, and then rolling after that as space is available

Scholarships available: no

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Joshua Isard, Genevieve Betts, Paul Elwork, Dorian Geisler

Publishing/editing courses: no

Literary magazine: Marathon Literary Review

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Tom Franklin, Brad Watson, Alice Thompson, Marie Lamba, Alan Warner, Lauren Grodstein

Program description: 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; 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.