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Seton Hill University

MFA in Writing Popular Fiction

Contact Information:

Seton Hill University

Office of Graduate & Adult Studies

Greensburg, PA  15601


Program director: Dr. Albert Wendland

Program contact: Ellen Monnich

Phone: (724) 838-4221


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: low-residency

Length of program: 5 semesters, plus a graduation residency

Genres: science fiction, romance, fantasy, horror, mystery, children’s, young adult

Enrollment: 112

Total credits required: 54

Application deadlines: On or near March 22 and September 23 each year

Scholarships: yes (see website)

Assistantships: no

Core faculty: Dr. Albert Wendland, Dr. Michael Arnzen, Dr. Lee McClain, Dr. Nicole Peeler

Visiting faculty: Shelley Bates, Tim Esaias, Anne Harris, Scott Johnson, Felicia Mason, Barbara Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Patrick Picciarelli, Randall Silvis, Lucy Snyder, Maria V. Snyder, Jon Sprunk, Victoria Thompson, Tim Waggoner, Karen Williams

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Reading series: Readings in Genre Fiction

Recent visiting writers: Orson Scott Card, Tess Gerritsen, David Morrell, Stephanie Bond, Jonathan Maberry, Christopher Paul Curtis

Program description: Seton Hill's unique online program—supported by intensive on-campus writers' residencies—teaches writers to create, market, and teach the fiction that sells. It is designed for those authors who wish to write within the popular fiction genres such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery in the adult, children, or young adult markets. Seton Hill's program features a flexible online/residency format that allows students to earn a master of fine arts degree while working full-time or caring for a family, one-on-one mentoring by established writers, professors who are active and successful authors, a supportive writing community that continues after graduation, and the ability to write a full-length novel while earning a degree. In addition, this program supports writers who also have an interest in editing, publishing, and teaching popular fiction.