M.F.A. in Creative Writing
English Courses (EN)
Residencies: EN 550, 551, 552 (552 pending approval)
During the on-campus residencies (the first and third residencies), students take part in intensive workshops, meet one-on-one with their faculty advisers, participate in seminars and exercises with visiting writers, and generally build the cohesive community of the program. These last for one week, and they are conducted in August of the program’s first year, and January of the program’s second year.
Students spend the second residency, also for one week, abroad in Edinburgh, Scotland. During that time students take part in workshops and meetings with faculty, but they also will explore the area, meet with local writers, and produce work based on those experiences.
Workshops: EN 555A, 556A, 557A, 558A for fiction. EN 555B, 556B, 557B, 558B for poetry
In each workshop, students are able to submit their work for critiques and discussion by the faculty and their peers. These discussions are conducted online. There are online discussions every week of the term, and a faculty member leads and participates in each one.
Additionally, students complete writing exercises assigned by their instructor throughout the term. These short assignments help students to develop new techniques to use in their writing.
Practicums: EN 560A, 561A, 562A, 563A for fiction. EN 560B, 561B, 562B, 563B for poetry.
Each of these courses involves one-on-one instruction with a faculty member as students develop their manuscripts over the two years of the program. The professor not only helps the students with their writing, but also assigns readings and other assignments that help the students with their projects.
Students meet with faculty about every three weeks, either over the phone, through a program such as Skype, or by another agreed upon means. Of course, students always have the option of contacting their practicum instructor more often—this is a way for the faculty to be consistently available to the students.
EN 553: Craft of Contemporary Fiction
This course focuses on the themes, techniques, and movements of contemporary fiction and is discussion-intensive, utilizing Blackboard’s forums in order to conduct weekly conversations led by the instructor. This course is also reading-intensive, and students are expected to write two essays in addition to the weekly online discussions.
EN 554: Craft of Contemporary Poetry
This course focuses on the themes, techniques, and movements of contemporary poetry and is discussion-intensive, utilizing Blackboard’s forums in order to conduct weekly conversations led by the instructor. This course is also reading-intensive, and students are expected to write two essays in addition to the weekly online discussions.