MFA in Creative Writing and Publishing

Choose to specialize in fiction or poetry in this one-of-a kind, low residency MFA creative writing program.

You'll have extraordinary opportunities to interact with — and learn from — some of the finest writers in both the United States and Europe.

This is a five semester, 36-credit program with two residencies each year. 

  • Residencies are 2x each year — ten days in January and ten days each August.
  • Residencies include writing workshops, visiting writers, publishers and publishing professionals, and field trips.
  • Summer residencies are in Celtic Europe. While most other MFA residencies take place in cities, ours moves about in the ancient Celtic world.
  • Winter residencies are held on the DeSales campus in Center Valley, PA.
  • Every winter residency includes a full day of guest speakers who write from a faith-based viewpoint followed by a candlelit evening retreat of music, prayer, storytelling, art, and poetry.  
  • In between residencies, you'll read extensively in assigned areas of literature — you'll do close reading and deep written analysis of these writers.
  • You'll also read assigned works by the guest speakers for each residency.
  • You'll continually write your own work while in constant contact with your mentor and with members of your cohort.  

A distinctive feature of this program is the required publishing track. You'll not only learn how and where to publish your own work, but also to find careers in the world of publishing — a dynamic field that is experiencing interesting and diversified growth opportunities. 


Career opportunities 

The MFA is considered a terminal degree, which means it's the highest degree awarded in a particular field of study. Graduates can:

  • teach full-time in college or high school creative writing programs
  • work for magazines, either full-time or freelance, or for publishing companies as editors, copy-editors and proof-readers
  • work for college literary publications or the educational publications of such entities as museums, scholastic publishers, and non-profit enterprises
  • manage independent and subject-specific bookstores
  • work on the editorial staffs of AWP, The Writer’s Chronicle, Poets and Writers, The Writer and Writer’s Digest
  • work for any university MFA program in the country, either as an adjunct, a visiting writer, an editor or an administrator
  • and more!


Juilene Osborne-McKnight 
Tel: 610.282.1100 x1661

Julia Ferraro
Director of Graduate Admissions
Tel: 610.282.1100 x1768