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

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

We are a small, low-residency MFA program designed to fit your schedule. Our expert faculty offer one-on-one guidance in a genre of your choosing: poetry, novels, short stories, or creative nonfiction.

Together with these residencies, our on-line semesters help students shape their MFA degrees into a writing, teaching, or publishing career. Work with and learn from some of the finest writers in the United States, Ireland, Scotland, and Canada.

Come write your story with us!

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Some of our Visiting Writers

During our home residencies, visiting writers have included award-winning and best-selling writers such as Dean Koontz, Marilyn Nelson, William Kent Kreuger, Joseph Bruchac, Jane Friedman, John Grogan, Matt Bell, Paula Yoo, Lee Upton, and Lia Purpura.

In Scotland, Ireland, and Canada, we work with many award-winning writers of the Celtic world, among them: Emma Donoghue (shortlisted for Man Booker and Orange Prizes); Kathleen Jamie (Makar or Poet Laureate of Scotland); Sue Goyette (Poet Laureate of Halifax); James Robertson (Walter Scott Award Winner); Donal Ryan (EU Literature Prize); and Vona Groarke (Brendan Behan Memorial Award).


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. 

Brightspace by D2LTM is our online learning system.

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MFA in Creative Writing
Dooling Hall 255