• Year 1
  • Year 2

Summer Semester (6/17/19 - 8/9/19)
On-site Residency (7/28/19 - 8/10/19)

Course
Critical Studies: Narrative theory*
Critique Seminar: Graduate Workshop*
Studio, Symposium & Lecture *

Fall Semester 8/26/19 - 12/13/19

Course
Creative Writing Studio 1

Spring Semester
On-site Residency (1/5/20 - 1/16/20)

Course
Critical Studies: rotating topics* **
Critique Seminar: Graduate Workshop*
Studio, Symposium & Lecture*
Creative Writing Studio 2
Studio Elective or Professional Practice Internship (can be taken spring or fall)

* Courses begin at the start of summer semester and continue through the on-site residency.

**Topic examples:
Critical Race Theory, Narrative Theory, Queer Theory, Archive Theory, Feminist Theory, Media theory, Literary theory, Semiotics, Ethnography, Linguistics, Philosophy of language, Reader Response Criticism, EcoPoetics.

Summer Semester (2020)
On-site Residency (7/26/2020 - 8/8/2020)

Course
Critical Studies: rotating topics*
Critique Seminar: Graduate Workshop*
Studio, Symposium & Lecture*

Fall Semester 2020

Course
Creative Writing Studio 3
Forms & Methods 1

Spring Semester 2021

Course
Critical Studies: rotating topics**
Graduate Workshop
Studio, Symposium & Lecture
Forms & Methods 2
Creative Writing Thesis

Summer Semester 2021
On-site Residency (7/25/21 - 8/5/21)

Course
Creative Writing Thesis Presentation

* Courses begin at the start of summer semester and continue through the on-site residency.

**Topic examples: Critical Race Theory, Narrative Theory, Queer Theory, Archive Theory, Feminist Theory, Media theory, Literary theory, Semiotics, Ethnography, Linguistics, Philosophy of language, Reader Response Criticism, EcoPoetics.

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Curriculum Description

Creative Writing Studios

Students write original fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, and/or literary translations. Students generate rough drafts and develop reading skills in individually tailored instruction focused on craft, literature, aesthetics, and criticism.

Each semester, students are required to submit five "packets" containing original creative work, critical responses to reading assignments, a bibliography in MLA format of literary works and texts, and letters discussing their own work and their responses to the mentor’s critiques of and advice about that work. In addition, students complete two narrative self-evaluations, one midway through the semester and one at the semester’s end.


Forms and Methods

Students draft, revise, polish a long essay on methods, materials, forms, and process and prepare a generative making session or a talk to be given at their final residency. The goal is broadening and deepening knowledge of diverse artistic sensibilities and articulating aesthetic inclinations as well as the literary models and cultural sources of those aesthetic inclinations. In addition, students draft and revise a teaching philosophy, cover letter, and teaching CV. This is done in packet exchanges with letters between graduate students and faculty mentors.


Creative Writing Thesis and Thesis Presentation

Each student revises and polishes a creative writing thesis with the goal of creating a polished, publishable, book-length manuscript of creative writing work. The creative writing thesis should exhibit deep engagement with substantive and sentence-level revision along with an exploration of aesthetic possibilities.

A thesis committee comprised of three MFA faculty members evaluates the student’s creative writing thesis. At the student’s final residency, the student attends a thesis conference during which the committee discusses the student’s work, its guiding aesthetics, processes around making, and influences, literary and otherwise. This culminates with the student giving a public reading of their creative work.