Creative Writing Workshop (24 credits)
Each student must take either
(MFA Poetry Workshop) or
(MFA Fiction Workshop) three times during their first two years in the program. In addition, each student must take
(Craft Workshop in Poetry) or
(Craft Workshop in Fiction) once during their first two years, as appropriate to their genre.
Students must take 3 three-credit graduate classes in literature over three years. The English MA Program offers 20-25 graduate seminars each year; 2/3 of these are literature seminars that fulfill the MFA literature requirement. Some courses offered by the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies may also fulfill the literature requirement, depending on course materials. The MFA program also offers classes in literature that fulfill this requirement.
Students must take 3 three-credit electives to complete their degree. CW electives include
(Literary Editing and Publishing),
(The Teaching of Creative Writing),
(Creative Writing Internship), and
(Special Topics in Creative Writing). Seminars in the English MA Program, including literature classes, may also be used to fulfill this requirement. Students may elect courses offered by other graduate programs in the university and by the Graduate Consortium in Women’s Studies with the approval of the program director.
ENGL 459 Seminar for Tutors may be taken for graduate credit, and counts as an elective.
Students wishing to take a creative writing workshop in a genre other than the one in which they plan to write their thesis may use elective credits to do so. The English MA Program offers three-credit courses in
(Reading and Writing Poetry);
(Reading and Writing Fiction);
(Advanced Poetry Workshop);
(Advanced Fiction Workshop); and
Thesis (6 credits)
In their third year, all students enroll in
(MFA Thesis) each semester, culminating in a capstone MFA thesis of 48-64 pages of poetry, or 100-200 pages of fiction. The thesis is written under the supervision of a thesis advisor, read by a thesis committee of at least three members, and subject to a public thesis defense.