Writing Popular Fiction (M.F.A.)
An Online Program Supported by Intensive On-campus Writers' Residencies.
This one-of-a-kind program teaches writers to create – and market – the fiction that sells. It is designed for those authors who wish to write within the popular fiction genres such as romance, science fiction, fantasy, horror, and mystery in the adult, children’s or young adult markets.
How the Program Works
Seton Hill’s flexible, low-residency format allows you to earn a master of fine arts degree while working full-time or caring for a family. One-on-one mentoring by established writers enables students to develop a novel-length writing project in a genre of their choice.
As students complete reading and writing assignments, online contact with mentors, faculty and fellow writers ensures that they participate in a writing community and receive varied commentary on their work-in-progress.
Week-long residencies twice per year inform and enliven the writing experience, bringing students together on Seton Hill’s campus to learn the basics and complexities of popular fiction. Each residency also includes special events designed to help students learn from working authors and other industry professionals.
Seton Hill’s Writing Popular Fiction program is composed of professors who have proven their knowledge of the fiction market by being active and successful writers themselves.
Genre Writing Certificate
Current undergraduate students at Seton Hill can take advantage of the Genre Writing Certificate Program offered in conjunction with the Writing Popular Fiction Program.
Seton Hill's Writing Popular Fiction Program is a member of the Association of Writers & Writing Programs.