School of Adult and Graduate Education
Blaney Hall 105


Program Overview

Learn why this program is best suited to the goals and needs of writers.

Genres: Poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, or a dual-genre
Residencies: Three 15-day residencies, which each take place in the summer at a different European locale
Distance learning: Fall and spring semester learning—between the residencies—takes place in the student’s own home
Total credit hours: 48 total credits

If your goal is to be an excellent, publishable writer, the Cedar Crest Low-Residency Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing program is designed just for you. We understand the irony faced by all writers: To carefully hone your craft, you require periods of solitude, spent refining and reflecting upon your work. But you also require periods of intense interaction with a supportive and knowledgeable community of writers who provide valuable feedback and instruction. The Cedar Crest College Low-Residency, Pan-European MFA in Creative Writing has been designed to provide you with both.

In this unique program, you will engage in the required writing at your own residence or wherever your travels take you, while also receiving continual guidance and feedback from a professional writer through online communication and during intensive residencies. Because this program does not require any on-campus coursework in the US, it is ideal for students from any country in the world.

Methods of Instruction

During three 15-day residencies, students participate in workshops, seminars, field experiences, and face-to-face classroom instruction from faculty. From September through May, students work individually with a faculty member in continual online communication, creating and submitting work and receiving feedback from their faculty mentor.

Primary Program Goals

During this program, you will:

Program Timeframe

For students who start at a summer residency, the MFA program can be completed in a little over two years:

For students who begin with a fall or spring semester distance mentorship, the program can be completed within three years:



First Year students build connections with faculty, staff and peers. Students will engage with the local and global communities as they develop the skills they need to become the next generation of global leaders.

Academic Services

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