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:
- Prepare for individual residencies through research and reading
- Complete a variety of creative works and critical essays throughout the year
- Attend three residencies, immersing yourself in locale and culture as they relate to writing
- Produce a final book-length creative thesis, along with a critical essay on your genre’s craft
For students who start at a summer residency, the MFA program can be completed in a little over two years:
- Year One: The program begins with an initial 15-day summer residency in Europe—in Dublin, Barcelona, or Vienna/Bratislava—followed by two consecutive semesters of distance mentorship (Sept.-Dec. and Feb.-May.). The locale of the European residency will rotate each year, allowing each student to experience all three locales during the course of study.,
- Year Two: Year two also begins with a 15-day summer residency in Europe, followed by two more semesters of distance mentorship. The program ends in the third summer with a 15-day graduating residency and the presentation of both a creative thesis and a critical essay.
- Year One: The program begins with one or two semesters of distance mentorship (Sept.-Dec. and Feb.-May.) that culminates with a 15-day summer residency in Europe—in Dublin, Barcelona, or Vienna/Bratislava.
- Year Two: The second year includes two more semesters of distance learning followed by a 15-day summer residency in Europe. The locale of the European residency will rotate each year, allowing each student to experience all three locales during the course of study.
- Year Three: Year three includes work on the creative thesis and critical essay (and, for students who began in a spring term, one semester of distance mentorship) that are then presented at the graduating 15-day summer residency.