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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing (MFA-CW)

Choose to specialize in fiction or poetry in this one-of-a-kind, low residency MFA creative writing program.

You'll have extraordinary opportunities to interact with — and learn from — some of the finest writers in both the United States and Europe.

This is a two-and-a-half year, mostly online program with two 10-day residencies each year. 

  • Winter residencies are held at our beautiful Lehigh Valley campus. It includes a full day of guest speakers who write from a faith-based viewpoint followed by a candlelit evening retreat of music, prayer, storytelling, art, and poetry. 
  • Summer residencies are held in Celtic Europe. While most other MFA residencies take place in cities, ours moves about in the ancient Celtic world.

A special feature of this program is the required publishing track.  Not only will you learn how and where to publish your own work, but you'll learn about careers in this dynamic and growing industry.

    The MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing gives you the opportunity to take your writing to the next level.


    The opportunity to learn with a cohort,



    that was what I needed to take my



    writing to the next level. So, it was a



    school I trusted, it was a new start ,it



    was what I was looking for in my own



    life, and I just jumped on board. I know



    this is the right thing; my writing is



    getting so much better. It'll open up to



    me a world that I didn't have access to.



    I have no regrets I am so thankful that



    this is something I decided to do






    Online Learning at DeSales

    Attending classes from an off-campus location can be an excellent option for many busy students. Distance education at DeSales encompasses everything from video conference courses to hybrid (a combination of in-class and online) to online courses. 

    Blackboard Learn™ is our online learning system.

    Learn About Online Learning at DeSales

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    MFA in Creative Writing
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