MFA Curriculum

Low Residency MFA Curriculum

WR 541 Residency: Workshop I   Credits: 4 (repeatable to 8 cr hrs)

An intensive 10-day course of study in residence (during summer and autumn residencies), during which the student participates in a graduate writing workshop taught by a faculty mentor in a chosen genre (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Graphic Novel, etc.). Prerequisite: Acceptance into MFA program, first-year graduate standing.

WR 542 Residency: Craft Seminar I Credits: 4 (repeatable to 8 cr hrs)

An intensive 10-day course of study in residence (during summer and autumn residencies), during which the student participates in a graduate craft seminar taught by a faculty mentor in a chosen genre (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Graphic Novel, etc.). Prerequisite: Acceptance into MFA program, first-year graduate standing.

WR 552 Individualized Studies: Projects in Writing I  Credits: 1-6

Class by arrangement, WR 551 is an opportunity for pursuing graduate level individualized studies in the writing of fiction, poetry, non-fiction or other genres, with systematic direction through regular tutorials with a faculty mentor.  Prerequisite: Acceptance into MFA program, first-year graduate standing.

WR 609 Service Learning Credits: 2

Course work is designed to help students conceive, craft, and deliver suitable literary arts programs and workshops to host communities.  The course will introduce students to fundamental aspects of literary arts programming: creating local reading groups, lecture series, writers’ workshops, and publication clinics. For Wilderness Writing Concentration appropriate field and service learning projects will be designed in consultation with faculty and cooperating agencies. Prerequisite: Acceptance to MFA program or consent of instructor.

WR 641 Residency: Workshop II   Credits: 4 (repeatable to 8 cr hrs)

An intensive 10-day course of study in-residence (during summer and autumn residencies), during which the student participates in a graduate writing workshop taught by a faculty mentor in a chosen genre (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Graphic Novel, etc.). Prerequisite: acceptance into MFA program, second year standing.

WR 642 Residency: Craft Seminar II Credits: 4 (repeatable to 8 cr hrs)

An intensive 10-day course of study in residence (during summer and autumn residencies), during which the student participates in a graduate craft seminar taught by a faculty mentor in a chosen genre (Fiction, Non-Fiction, Poetry, Screenwriting, Graphic Novel, etc.). Prerequisite: acceptance into MFA program, second year standing.

WR 652 Individualized Studies: Projects in Writing II  Credits: 1-6

Class by arrangement, WR 652 is an advanced opportunity for graduate level individualized studies in the writing of fiction, poetry, non-fiction or other genres, with systematic direction through regular tutorials. Prerequisite: acceptance into MFA program, second year status, consent of instructor, a clear written plan of study and statement of a proposed project.

WR 660 Thesis   Credits: 2-4

The creative thesis is prepared under the supervision of faculty mentors. The thesis is a book-length original work in the student’s major genre and is based on creative work undertaken during the previous residencies and mentorship periods. Prerequisite: acceptance into MFA program, second year status, consent of instructor, a clear written plan of study and statement of a proposed project.

WR 661 Graduate Residency Credits: 1 cr

Upon completion and approval of the student thesis, all students will prepare a craft lecture and public reading from their theses, which they will present at their fifth and final residency. Prerequisite: Completion and approval of thesis, second-year graduate standing.

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