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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 skills necessary to enhance their craft, forge professional networks and succeed in careers as writers. This two-year program optimizes Drexel’s historical approach to education by emphasizing experiential learning and career-focused opportunities while students learn from award-winning writers, including 2022 residency guest authors Madeline Miller and Jason Mott .

With most of the courses completed online, the MFA in Creative Writing is a low-residency format that empowers students to enhance their creativity, while sharing and developing work within a supportive community. Through workshops, residencies, and literary courses, students receive feedback from peers and professors, gain insight into the world of professional writing, and work toward creating a publishable piece.

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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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Scholarship and Teaching Assistant Opportunities

Learn more about our full tuition scholarship from the MFA Gift Fund for Marginalized Writers and our teaching assistant opportunities.

MFA Gift Fund for Marginalized Writers

The goal of the MFA Gift Fund for Marginalized Writers is to support diverse voices and diverse literature by funding writers whose personal experiences of marginalization inform their literary pursuits.

MFA Teaching Assistantship Program

The Drexel MFA Teaching Assistant program is a selective track for MFA students interested in composition writing pedagogy. With support and mentorship from the Department of English and Philosophy, you’ll gain paid experience as an instructor in Drexel’s First Year Writing Program. This opportunity allows you to receive professional training in the field of rhetoric and composition along with valuable experience as the sole instructor of first-year writing courses, helping you become an excellent candidate for college-level teaching positions after graduation.


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Award-Winning Author Jason Mott Shares Writing Wisdom with MFA Cohort

Jason Mott, a bestselling author of two poetry collections and four novels, spent a day with students in the MFA in Creative Writing program last month as part of the book tour behind his 2021 National Book Award-winning novel, Hell of a Book.

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a book with the title "Laila: Held for a Moment" by Leah Mele-Bazaz sitting beside a small orange pumpkin

MFA Alum’s Debut Memoir Published During Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

When Leah Mele-Bazaz found out that her first daughter had died in utero at the start of her third trimester, she instantly withdrew from everyone and everything around her. She told herself she would never talk about it, and she certainly would never write about it. But despite her promise to never put pen to paper, Mele-Bazaz started writing as soon as she got home from the hospital. Now, during Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, her debut memoir has been published.

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MFA Program Launches Scholarship Fund to Support Marginalized Writers

When the first cohort of students in Drexel’s MFA in Creative Writing program graduated, in the spring of 2021, its members raised and donated $1,300 to fund the program’s civic engagement efforts. The gesture was well in keeping with a core tenet of the University, the College and the program itself, and it touched MFA program director Nomi Eve deeply.

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

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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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