Program Overview

The MFA is a two-year, low-residency program in Creative Writing, a 48 credit hour, design-your-own program in poetry, fiction or creative non-fiction. Students work closely with a different faculty mentor within their discipline through each residency and off-campus period.

Each semester begins with an intensive 10-day residency on Wesleyan's campus featuring a series of craft lectures, seminars, workshops and readings presented by the MFA program's core faculty of writers and the semester's visiting faculty. The remainder of the coursework is completed at home. The mentor relationship is maintained through regular and frequent email, mail and /or telephone contact.

Summer residencies are held in early July, and winter residencies are held in late December/early January. See Course Descriptions for sample topics of residency seminars. The application deadline for the winter residency is October 15th; the deadline for the summer residency is March 31st. Complete applications will be reviewed as received, and applications completed before the deadline are encouraged. Application requirements are found on the Application Form and on the Admission Requirements page that can be seen on the left.


For information, contact:

Jessie van Eerden
Director, Master of Fine Arts Program
59 College Avenue, Box 46
West Virginia Wesleyan College
Buckhannon, WV 26201
(304) 473-8329