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Seton Hill University

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  • MFA in Writing Popular Fiction (low-res)
  • Contact Information:

  • Mailing Address:

  • Seton Hill University
  • Office of Graduate & Adult Studies
  • Greensburg
  • PA
  • 15601
  • Program Director: Dr. Nicole Peeler
  • Program Contact: Deb Fredo
  • Phone Number: (724) 838-4208
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Program Information:

  • Degree: MFA
  • Type: low-residency
  • Length of Program: 5 semesters, plus a graduation residency
  • Genre: Fiction, Children's, Young Adult
  • Enrollment: 112
  • Total Credits Required: 54
  • Application Deadlines: On or near March 22; September 23 each year
  • Scholarships: yes (see website)
  • Assistantships:
  • Core Faculty: Dr. Michael Arnzen, Dr. Lee McClain, Dr. Nicole Peeler
  • Visiting Faculty: Shelley Bates, Paul Goat Allen, Rebecca Drake, Tim Esaias, Anne Harris, Scott Johnson, William Horner, Felicia Mason, Barbara Miller, Heidi Ruby Miller, Jason Jack Miller, Kathryn Miller Haines, Sharon Short, Lucy Snyder, Maria V. Snyder, Victoria Thompson
  • Publishing/Editing Courses: yes (see website)
  • Recent Visiting Writers: N.K. Jemisin, Chuck Wendig, Eloisa James, Kevin Hearne, Kate Carlisle, Jonathan Mayberry

Program description: Seton Hill’s unique online-supported residency program 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.