Seton Hill University conferred 10 Master of Art degrees in Writing Popular Fiction on Sunday, June 25, 2006. To graduate from the Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, students must complete a market-ready full-length fiction manuscript. Below is a list of the graduates and their novels, by hometown residence.


Phoenix, Ariz.
Darren Moore, “TrueBorn”


Irvine, Calif.
Chun Lee, “Angel’s Reflection”


Grayslake, Ill.
Penny Dawn Steffen, “Measuring Up”


Marionville, Mo.
Diana Botsford, “Critical Past”


Albuquerque, N.M.
David Corwell, “Guardian of the Mountain: Righteous Anger”


Avonmore, Pa.
Kathryn Lambrecht, “Where the Monsters Hide”

Export, Pa.
Kimberley Metzgar, “Cross Court”

Forest Hills, Pa.
Michael Mullig, “Project Rosetta”

Monroeville, Pa.
Lee Howard, “Death Perception”


Nashville, Tenn.
Katherine Dacus, “Happy Endings, Inc.”

Seton Hill University's unique Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction teaches students to write marketable novels in popular genres like mystery, romance, science fiction, horror, and fantasy. Additional specialties include literature for children and adolescents, and cross-genre blends like romantic suspense or young adult mysteries. Students attend two week-long, on-campus residencies each year to master the core elements of fiction writing and effective marketing and to gain inspiration from faculty mentors and special guests, all published authors in genre fiction. Established authors mentor students one-on-one as they work toward completing a market-ready manuscript from home. Readings, classes, and on-line discussion about the history, trends, and techniques of genre fiction add depth to the student's experience. For more information about the Master of Arts in Writing Popular Fiction program at Seton Hill, visit or contact Seton Hill’s Office of Graduate and Adult Studies at 724-838-4221.