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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Low-Residency, Hybrid Format

Drexel University Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, low-residency, online

The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing degree offered by Drexel University Online provides students with the tools and skills to enhance their craft, forge professional networks and succeed in careers as writers. This two-year program leverages Drexel’s historical approach to education with an emphasis on experiential learning and career-focused opportunities. With the majority of courses completed online, the MFA in Creative Writing is a low-residency format that empowers you to enhance your creativity, while sharing and developing your work within a supportive academic community. Through workshops, residencies, and literary courses, you'll receive feedback from your peers and professors, gain insight about the world of professional writing, and work toward creating a publishable product.


What does low-residency mean?

This low-residency MFA lets students complete much of their coursework through Drexel University Online, allowing them to attend the program remotely. Unlike an online MFA, which is completed entirely online, a low-residency MFA requires students to attend a few in-person residencies throughout the program. This gives you flexibility in completing your coursework while still benefiting from the workshop and networking experiences of a traditional MFA. Creative Writing MFA students participate in online workshops, reading tutorials and one-on-one packet exchanges with notable published writers. In-person residencies take place three times during the program, allowing students the opportunity to meet with professors, classmates and authors of distinction while participating in workshops and craft talks. During the professional residency, fiction writers convene in New York to meet with publishers, agents and editors.

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Program Highlights

  • Complete the majority of coursework online.
  • Learn from award-winning writers, such as Sadeqa Johnson.
  • Take a concentration in fiction writing with electives like young-adult and creative non-fiction.
  • Gain professional experience and earn a salary with optional teaching assistantships.
  • Catalyze change and increase connection through community-based learning with hospitalized and terminally ill children, military veterans, incarcerated individuals, and hospice patients.

Creative Writing Retreat — Collioure, France
June 19-25, 2022

Early bird deadline: Jan. 1, 2022

StoryLab Writing Retreat in Collioure, France

Drexel’s six-day creative writing retreat is designed for beginning, emerging and published writers — it offers the perfect getaway for students, and anyone who wants to learn more about the Creative Writing MFA program, to deepen and improve their work. Writers will stay at the historic Hôtel des Templiers, in the center of the old village in the south of France, and will fill their days with morning writing workshops, afternoon sensory experiences and evening craft talks. MFA students can take the retreat for credit with an additional fee, or simply as a way to awaken their writing self.

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