Arcadia University MFA :: NewPages Guide to Creative Writing Programs
MFA in Creative Writing
450 S. Easton Rd.
Glenside, PA 19038
Program director: Prof. Joshua Isard
Program contact: Prof. Joshua Isard
Phone: (267) 620-4886
Degrees offered: MFA
Type of program: low-residency
Length of program: 2 years
Genres: fiction, poetry
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.