Writers’ Village University currently offers four certificate programs: Fiction MFA, Short Story MFA, Nonfiction MFA and Creative Writing. MFA Program courses are facilitated by experienced volunteers. All courses and workshops are included with WVU Memberships at no extra charge.
WVU Fiction MFA
WVU’s Fiction MFA is modeled on graduate-level university programs. A full-time student typically takes three courses per semester for 3 years (six 16-week semesters). WVU works differently; our courses vary in length according to the subject. For MFA students, courses are grouped by the semester. For example, eight 2-week courses equal a one-semester course. Likewise, two 4-week courses plus one 8-week course equal a one-semester course.
Part time students may take classes according to their schedules. There is no time limit to complete the program.
WVU’s Fiction MFA program includes advanced workshops and a balance of craft and literature courses. This is our most comprehensive program with six 16-week semesters
Short Story MFA
Our Short Story MFA is a 2-year program with a balance of craft and literature courses.
Our Nonfiction MFA is a 2-year program with a balance of craft, research, marketing and literature courses. It begins January 28, 2016.
Creative Writing Certificate
Our Creative Writing Certificate is a 1-year program is for beginners.
Congratulations to Philip Bernhardt (PhilipM) on being the first to complete a One-Year Creative Writing Certificate from Writers’ Village University. “I began pursuing the Certificate as soon as it was offered,” sais Phil. “Not only has it helped my writing, but it has opened the door to a huge number of authors I never would’ve read.”
A Hoosier, Phil’s been a Virginia resident since 1976. He and his wife of forty-seven years raised two sons and a daughter and, over the years, have called California, Illinois, Georgia, and Maryland ‘home’. The youngest of their granddaughters will graduate from college this spring.
Phil retired from the Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) after twenty years of service, including duty on board an aircraft carrier, two amphibious assault ships, and a submarine. “The submarine was the best sea duty,” he says. And the best shore duty? “Being on Presidents Carter and Reagan's staff at Camp David.”
Phil holds BA, MBA and MS degrees in accounting with, he says “an average time between completion of thirteen years.” Following his military duty, he spent three years as a legislative assistant to a state delegate, two years selling booze at Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control--“a great job for a former sailor”-- and several years working as a contract writer working on proposals, financial estimates, and conducting financial analyses.
When he’d had enough of the Federal contracting system, Phil taught college accounting and became a university administrator, and eventually dropped out of the workforce to try his hand at writing.
In 2011, an online ad for F2K landed him in the WVU halls. He credits his first mentor (or ‘tormentor’, as he insists she called herself), Janet, for leading him in the right direction and showing him “how little I knew about fiction.” Fortunately, that didn’t deter Phil, though he adds that “Writing well may be the most difficult job I've attempted.”
When he’s not reading all those new authors, or writing, Phil spends his time working through the ‘honey-do’ list as a priority, he claims. He’s also managed to go back to golf after a thirty-year hiatus, and is now taking photography classes through Great Courses. “Photography is learned and practiced, much like writing,” he says.
Congratulations, Phil, on leading the way!