Writing M.F.A.

48 credit hours

The MFA in writing program is designed to provide students with the guidance and knowledge necessary to distinguish themselves as writers, both personally and in the community. The program offers personalized instruction in small workshop settings, exposing students to an unusually wide range of genres and offering the opportunity to develop a project in their genre of choice. Classes offer the necessary balance of critical challenge and encouragement; as a result, each student is equipped to better express his or her understanding of the human experience.

Admission to the program is contingent upon approval of a submitted writing sample and a brief Statement of Purpose. Any student not admitted into the MFA program must receive permission from the program director before enrolling in an MFA course. Students select 48 credit hours from the curriculum, with the choice of nine-credit clusters, three-credit online classes, or a combination of both.

The graduate thesis is required for the final three credit hours of the program. Students produce a creative thesis of approximately 70 -100 pages in their chosen genre (poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or scriptwriting).

Curriculum

Graduate Fiction Cluster

IMF 53500Fiction Writing Workshop

3

IMF 53600Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction

3

IMF 53700Selected Emphases in Fiction

3

Graduate Studies in Fiction Cluster

IMF 51600Fiction Genres

3

IMF 54000Advanced Studies in Fiction

3

IMF 57900Advanced Studies in Film

3

Graduate Flash Fiction Cluster

IMF 53200Advanced Focused Fiction Workshop

3

IMF 54100Special Topics Focused Workshop

3

IMF 53900Advanced Studies Contemporary Fiction

3

Graduate Advanced Fiction Cluster

IMF 51900Advanced Fiction Genres

3

IMF 53800Advanced Fiction Workshop

3

IMF 55900Advanced Studies in Prose Collection

3

Graduate Prose Cluster

IMF 52200Focused Fiction Workshop

3

IMF 52300Focused Nonfiction Workshop

3

IMF 55600The Prose Collection

3

Graduate Prose Poetry Cluster

IMF 52000Advanced Poetry Genres

3

IMF 53000Advanced Studies in Poetry

3

IMF 55500Prose Workshop

3

Graduate Poetry Cluster

IMF 52500Poetry Writing Workshop

3

IMF 52600The Craft of Poetry: Prosody and Language

3

IMF 52700Selected Emphases in Poetry

3

Graduate Advanced Poetry Cluster

IMF 52800Advanced Poetry Workshop

3

IMF 52900Advanced Studies Craft of Poetry

3

IMF 53100Advanced Focused Poetry Workshop

3

Graduate Confessional Poetry Cluster

IMF 51700Poetry Genres

IMF 52100Focused Poetry Workshop

3

IMF 53300Advanced Focused Nonfiction Workshop

3

Graduate Creative Nonfiction Cluster

IMF 54500Creative Nonfiction Workshop

3

IMF 54600The Personal Essay and Memoir

3

IMF 54700The Lyric Essay

3

Graduate Advanced Creative Nonfiction Cluster

IMF 54800Advanced Studies in Nonfiction

3

IMF 54900Advanced Studies Personal Essay and Memoir

3

IMF 55000Advanced Studies in Lyric Essay

3

Graduate Narrative Journalism Cluster

IMF 56500Writing For Publications

3

IMF 56600Narrative Journalism

3

IMF 56700Readings in Narrative Journalism

3

Graduate Advanced Narrative Journalism Cluster

IMF 56800Advanced Studies in Journalism

3

IMF 56900Advanced Studies in Narrative Journalism

3

IMF 57000Advanced Journalism Readings

3

Graduate Journal Editing Cluster

IMF 55700The Literary Journal

3

IMF 55800Advanced Studies in Prose

3

IMF 56000Advanced Studies in Literary Journal

3

Graduate Scriptwriting Cluster

IMF 57500Scriptwriting Workshop

3

IMF 57600The Narrative Arc In Film

3

IMF 57700Script Analysis

3

Note: This cluster is open to communications majors upon program director’s approval of writing sample.

Graduate Advanced Scriptwriting Cluster

IMF 52400Focused Scriptwriting Workshop

3

IMF 53400Advanced Focused Scriptwriting Workshop

3

IMF 57800Advanced Scriptwriting

3

Graduate Writing for the MFA Cluster

IMF 51500Creative Writing for the MFA

3

IMF 51800Advanced Creative Writing

3

IMF 58000Advanced Script Analysis

3