Are you inspired by your Peace Corps service? Do you have an affinity for writing? Looking to write a memoir or book about your Peace Corps experience?
John Coyne (RPCV Ethiopia 1962-64), editor of Peace Corps Worldwide, has arranged with National University in California to offer an online MFA program in non-fiction, fiction and poetry writing for PCV and RPCV writers.
Courses are currently under development and will be taught by published Peace Corps authors and National University faculty members. Coyne will teach the introductory class and serve as an adviser to Peace Corps students. The inaugural program is slated to begin in Fall 2016 – will be accepting a class of 15 exceptional students.
The MFA is flexible program. Students can complete the degree in between one to two years, taking a single one or two-month class at a time. As the course is online, students have the opportunity to progress at their own pace. This also allows students to participate whether they are currently serving (and writing!) overseas or here at home. Tuition will be in the range of $20,000 with an opportunity for financial aid.
National University in California has been selected as the site for this MFA program because it a non-profit accredited university with a highly successful creative writing program. The college was founded in 1971, just 10 years after Peace Corps’ was founded and currently has 120 undergraduate and graduate programs.
If you are interested in earning an MFA in Creative Writing through this program, contact John Coyne.
About John Coyne
John was a PCV with the first group of Volunteers to Ethiopia 1962-64, worked in PC/HQ for one year before returning to Ethiopia as an APCD. In 1994 he returned to the Peace Corps as Special Assistant to the Associate Director of Recruitment and then manager of the New York Office for six years.
He is a former college dean and creative writing teacher, and author of 26 books, including five collections of writings by PCVs. You can read about his writings at: www.johncoynebooks.com
History of Peace Corps Writers
More than thirty-five years ago John started the newsletter Peace Corps Writers & Readers with Marian Haley Beil (Ethiopia 1962-64). In an expanded form it is now online at: www.peacecorpsworldwide.org.
With Peace Corps Writers and Peace Corps Worldwide, John and Marian have been promoting, encouraging and recognizing Peace Corps writers as a volunteer Third Goal project of the Peace Corps since the late ’70s. In 2010 they created an imprint, Peace Corps Writers Books and have published over 60 books by RPCVs. Each year, they present awards for the best books published by Peace Corps writers.