West Virginia Wesleyan’s low-residency Master of Fine Arts program offers writers the opportunity to study fiction, nonfiction, or poetry with accomplished and dedicated mentors in an intimate, student-centered environment. The MFA is a two-year, 49 credit hour program. Students join an extraordinarily warm community every summer on campus and every winter at Blackwater Falls State Park for an intensive ten-day residency that initiates an independent semester of apprenticeship completed off-site through correspondence with a mentor. Students work with a mixture of new and returning faculty, working one-on-one with a different faculty mentor within their discipline throughout each residency and off-campus period.


Core Faculty Includes:

Poetry: Mark DeFoe, Devon McNamara, Doug Van Gundy Fiction: Richard Schmitt, Jon Corcoran Nonfiction: M. Randall O’Wain, Eric Waggoner

Submission Guidelines

Master of Fine Arts candidates are required to submit a writing sample of 20 pages for creative nonfiction and fiction or 15 poems for poetry, with last name and genre at top of each page, and traditional formatting applied. Writing samples should be e-mailed as an attachment to Graduate Admissions at [email protected] upon completion of the graduate application.

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