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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.

Writing Popular Fiction SpecializationsOnline

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.

On-Campus Residencies

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.

  • Every January, Seton Hill hosts a visiting professor who works with both undergraduate and graduate students during the course of the week. Recent visiting professors include Kevin Hearne, Philip Palmer and Kate Carlisle.
  • Every June, Seton Hill hosts guest speakers, which may include bestselling authors, agents or editors. Previous guest authors have included Octavia Butler, David Morrell, Jonathan Maberry, Juliet Blackwell, Sophie Littlefield and Chuck Wendig.

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