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Rosemont College

MFA in Creative Writing

Contact Information:

1400 Montgomery Ave

Rosemont, PA 19010


Program director/Program contact: Rone Shavers

Phone: (518) 485-3787


Program Information:

Degrees offered: MFA

Type of program: residency

Length of program: 2 years

Genres: poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, novel, YA, dramatic writing

Enrollment: 50

Total credits required: 36

Application deadlines: Rolling admissions

Scholarships available: no

Assistantships: yes (see website)

Core faculty: Randall Brown, Liz Abrams-Morley, Anne Kaier, JC Todd, Richard Bank, BJ Burton, Cynthia Reeves, Blythe Davenport, Amy Punt, Janice Merendino

Visiting faculty: Charles Holdefer, Elise Juska, Curtis Smith, Joe Kulka, Elisabeth Mosier, Ru Freeman

Publishing/editing courses: yes (see website)

Literary magazine: Rathalla Review

Reading series: yes (see website)

Recent visiting writers: Kevin McIlvoy, Steve Almond, Andrea Carter Brown, Michael Martone, Ethel Rackin, Kelly Simmons

Program description: The mission of Rosemont College’s Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is to empower students with real-life skills and experiences that will enable them to achieve their professional and creative goals as writers, and to become productive contributors of larger writing communities as authors, teachers, publishers, and readers. We have envisioned a program where the students have opportunities to work with established and accomplished writers, editors, and industry professionals, in a variety of settings that allow our students to blossom and discover their own unique voices as writers.

Students have the opportunity to choose poetry or prose and are encouraged to explore new genres and techniques. The campus hosts free workshops and a reading series that encourages student interaction within the larger Philadelphia writing community. Graduate assistantships and a limited number of teaching assistantships are also available to help defray costs and to help students build their resumes before graduation. Rathalla Review is a lively collaboration and solely run by the MFA in Creative Writing students and the MA in Publishing students.