Art Alliance Writers’ Workshop
The Art Alliance Writers’ Workshop offers advanced instruction in Creative Writing for the adult learner. Our program is a one-year intensive master’s class in writing focusing on any genre which could include short story/fiction, poetry, nonfiction/memoir and graphic novel. We offer a Fall Semester and a Spring Semester start.
Our program is perfect for someone considering an MFA or looking for an alternative to the traditional MFA.
Our program is designed to work with your schedule. Our classes are convened in the evening, allowing you to complete the program without sacrificing your career. We keep our costs low so that we can offer you a high-quality writing program at a reasonable price.
About the Program
Courses meet twice per week online, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 6 – 8:30 p.m., by video conference. You will have additional course communications, complete class assignments, participate in topical discussion posts and access your course materials.
During summer and winter breaks, students will work one-on-one with faculty on projects of their choosing.
Applications are accepted on a bi-yearly basis with two opportunities to enroll—as part of the Fall Cohort or the Spring Cohort.
Introduction to Creative Writing
Saturday, Sept. 17, 2022 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | One-Day Intensive, in person at the Art Alliance
This one-day intensive will introduce you to the program and the Fall cohort. The workshop will include readings, interactive learning opportunities and an introduction to Philadelphia’s writing communities.
Writing Workshop I/III
5 weeks, Sept. 27 – Oct. 27, 2022 | virtual, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday
Writing Workshop II/IV
5 weeks, Nov. 1 – Dec. 6, 2021 | virtual, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday
Winter Manuscript Review
By appointment & correspondence, , Dec. 13, 2021 – Jan. 21, 2022
Saturday, Jan. 21, 2023, times TBD| One-Day Intensive at the Art Alliance
This workshop will welcome the Spring cohort. You will participate in a master class given by a visiting writer or member of the UArts Creative Writing faculty, and you will develop a “next step” plan for the continuation of your writing practice and career.
Writing Workshop III/I
5 weeks, Jan. 31 – Mar. 2, 2022 | virtual, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday
Writing Workshop IV/II
5 weeks, March 14 – April 20, 2023 | virtual, 6 – 8:30 p.m., Tuesday & Thursday
(Note: The course will not meet during the one-week period of spring break.)
For the Fall cohort, this will be the last workshop of the sequence and an opportunity to compile your chapbook or manuscript for publication. It will show the growth of your work over the course of the year. For the Spring cohort we will start to work on furthering your voice, thinking about what projects you want to pursue over the summer and into the fall course season
Summer Manuscript Review
By appointment & correspondence, May 30 – Aug. 3, 2023
Instructors, Visiting Lecturers & Artists
Courses are led by instructors, guest artists and lecturers. Students also benefit from the UArts' visiting writers series.
Past visiting writers to University of the Arts include
Siobhan Fallon | Rachel Eliza Griffiths | Alex Ross Perry | Joe Gangemi | Annie Liontas | Gregory Pardlo | Lesley Arfin | Kevin Moffett | David Greenberg | Heather Tone | Darin Strauss | Naomi Guttman | Alison Bagnall | Liz Moore | Siobhan Vivian '01 | Alicia Jo Rabins | Kazim Ali | David Simon | Katherine Bode-Lang | Asali Solomon | Elise Juska | Joyce Carol Oates | Cole Swensen | Laura van den Berg | Tomás Q. Morín | Zach Savich | Scott McCloud
The Art Alliance Writers' Workshop is designed to be affordable and flexible. The total program cost is broken down into 4 parts and billed per season—Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer— so you can pay-as-you-go.
Introduction to Creative Writing 1-day intensive
Writing Workshop I 5 weeks
Writing Workshop II 5 weeks
Manuscript Review by appointment
Spring Symposium 1-day workshop
Writing Workshop III 5 weeks
Writing Workshop IV 5 weeks
Summer Manuscript Review by correspondence and/or appointment
Total tuition and fees: $4,400
Matriculation fee*: $100
Total program cost: $4,500
*A one-time matriculation fee is due upon acceptance into the Art Alliance Writers' Workshop.
How to Apply
Applicants must have works-in-progress to be considered. A portfolio of writing (poetry, fiction, nonfiction or a combination) is a required component of the application.
Writing portfolio: Work should be MLA-formatted and styled in a consistent font.
Poetry: Submit up to 5-10 pages of poetry, starting each poem on a new page. Poetry should be single or double-spaced, based on the aesthetic choices of the author.
Fiction: Submit 3-7 pages of prose, double spaced.
Mixed-genre: Submit no more than 7 pages total (we suggest 2 – 3 pages of poetry and 4 – 5 pages of prose, following outlined formatting guidelines for each genre).
A brief personal statement (500 – 700 words) addressing how you feel this program will benefit you as a writer
Attach all required materials as PDFs (.pdf) or Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx) to your completed online application form.
If accepted, students must submit a nonrefundable matriculation fee of $100 to hold their place in the program. The matriculation fee is used to cover costs associated with the program, such as a UArts student photo ID and library access. A full payment schedule and options will be made available to accepted students.
For inquiries, contact
Art Alliance at University of the Arts
251 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, PA 19103