Arcadia University Announces M.F.A. in Creative Writing with Study Abroad in Scotland and Italy

Mar 15, 2011, 17:07 ET from Arcadia University

GLENSIDE, Pa., March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Arcadia University's new Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing ( is the only low-residency program in the Philadelphia area with both a dynamic online community and residencies abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland and Umbria, Italy, announced Dr. Steve O. Michael, Provost and Academic Vice President.


Two courses being offered this summer can be applied toward the M.F.A. program. A Summer Fiction Writer's Residency in Umbria, Italy, ( on July 7-19 serves as the short-term residency abroad. A Creative Writing Workshop ( July 8-10 also can be applied to the M.F.A. program.

In the M.F.A. program, students choose the genre they wish to pursue—fiction or poetry. The program is designed to prepare students for careers in writing and teaching the craft at the college level.

"Arcadia University's low-residency M.F.A. in Creative Writing program uses technology to build a dynamic online writing community for each cohort," says Joshua Isard, Adjunct Professor of English and Coordinator of the program. "This is a low-residency program, which means students take between six and nine credits each term and are able to manage their own schedules with a full-time professional life outside school. Yet throughout the program, we provide personal attention in small workshops and guide each student in the preparation of a book-length manuscript and a publication plan."

The program includes three one-week residencies with other cohort members. Two are held at Arcadia University, and in the second year of study, a residency is conducted in Edinburgh, Scotland, or another location such as Umbria, Italy.

Applications are being accepted now, with the first cohort entering in Fall 2011.

About Arcadia University: Arcadia University is a top-ranked private university in metropolitan Philadelphia and a national leader in study abroad, ranked #1 in undergraduate participation in study abroad (Open Doors 2010). Arcadia University promises a distinctively global, integrative and personal learning experience that prepares students to contribute and prosper in a diverse and dynamic world. U.S. News & World Report ranks Arcadia University among the top  regional universities in the North, as one of the top study abroad programs in the nation, and as a "top up-and-coming school." The Physical Therapy program is ranked 7th in the nation.

SOURCE Arcadia University