Graduate Catalog • 2012-2013

Graduate Creative Writing Courses

CWR 501 Residency Workshop I: Fiction – 2 credits

Study, practice, and critique of the mechanics of fiction writing, such as characterization, character development, variance in voice, compression and expansion of time, and the genre’s various lengths and forms. During the two-week residency period, students each submit four original works of fiction for critique and respond with critiques of their peers’ work. A reflective essay integrating lessons from the residency workshop, locale seminar, and craft seminars is due following the residency. Prerequisite: Admittance to fiction genre for MFA Creative Writing program. Corequisites: CWR 504, CWR 507, & CWR 508.

CWR 502 Residency Workshop I: Poetry – 2 credits

Study, practice, and critique of the mechanics of poetry writing, such as the distinctions and confluence of sound, meaning, and imagery; poetic line and verse elements; and an examination of poetic forms, both traditional and unconventional. During the two-week residency period, students each submit four original selections of poetry for critique and respond with critiques of their peers’ work. A reflective essay integrating lessons from the residency workshop, locale seminar, and craft seminars is due following the residency. Prerequisite: Admittance to poetry genre for MFA Creative Writing program. Corequisites: CWR 505, CWR 507, & CWR 508.

CWR 503 Residency Workshop I: Non-Fiction – 2 credits

Study, practice, and critique of the mechanics of non-fiction writing, such as the nature and use of truth, the conduct and use of research, the issue of narrative arc, the establishment of both focus and scope, and the genre’s various forms. During the two-week residency period, students each submit four original works of non-fiction for critique and respond with critiques of their peers’ work. A reflective essay integrating lessons from the residency workshop, locale seminar, and craft seminars is due following the residency. Prerequisite: Admittance to non-fiction genre for MFA Creative Writing program. Corequisites: CWR 506, CWR 507, & CWR 508.

CWR 504 Craft Seminar I: Fiction – 1.5 credits

Reading and analysis of fiction from a fiction writer’s vantage point, conducted during a two-week residency. Students will complete a series of readings prior to the residency in order to participate in seminar discussions. Corequisite: CWR 501.

CWR 505 Craft Seminar I: Poetry – 1.5 credits

Reading and analysis of poetry from a poet’s vantage point, conducted during a two-week residency. Students will complete a series of readings prior to the residency in order to participate in seminar discussions. Corequisite: CWR 502.

CWR 506 Craft Seminar I: Non-Fiction – 1.5 credits

Reading and analysis of non-fiction from a non-fiction writer’s vantage point, conducted during a two-week residency. Students will complete a series of readings prior to the residency in order to participate in seminar discussions. Corequisite: CWR 503.

CWR 507 Cross-Genre Craft Seminar I – 1.5 credits

Reading and analysis of literary strategies as they evolve from and pertain to multiple genres (including but not necessarily limited to fiction, poetry, and nonfiction), conducted during a two-week residency. Students will complete a series of readings prior to the residency in order to participate in seminar discussions. Corequisite: CWR 501, CWR 502, or CWR 503.

CWR 508 Locale Seminar I  – 1.5 credits

Study of the history, culture, and literary traditions of a residency locale, conducted during a two-week residency period. Students will complete a series of readings prior to the residency in order to participate in seminar discussions. The seminar will include topics such as “The Role of the Catalan Language in Barcelona” or “Miro and Picasso in Barcelona,” and field trips will supplement seminar discussions. Corequisite: CWR 501, CWR 502, or CWR 503.

CWR 511 Writing Mentorship I: Fiction – 6 credits

Study, practice, and critique of fiction writing through a one-on-one writing tutorial between student and instructor, conducted via distance learning. A student submits four original works of fiction during Writing Mentorship I and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 501.

CWR 512 Writing Mentorship I: Poetry – 6 credits

Study, practice, and critique of poetry writing through a one-on-one writing tutorial between student and instructor, conducted via distance learning. A student submits four original selections of poetry during Writing Mentorship I and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 502.

CWR 513 Writing Mentorship I: Non-Fiction – 6 credits

Study, practice, and critique of non-fiction writing through a one-on-one writing tutorial between student and instructor, conducted via distance learning. A student submits four original works of non-fiction during Writing Mentorship I and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 503.

CWR 521 Writing Mentorship II: Fiction – 6 credits

Continued study, practice, and critique of fiction writing through a one-on-one writing tutorial between student and instructor, conducted via distance learning. A student submits four original works of fiction during Writing Mentorship II and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 511.

CWR 522 Writing Mentorship II: Poetry – 6 credits

Continued study, practice, and critique of poetry writing through a one-on-one writing tutorial between student and instructor, conducted via distance learning. A student submits four original selections of poetry during Writing Mentorship II and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 512.

CWR 523 Writing Mentorship II: Non-Fiction – 6 credits

Continued study, practice, and critique of non-fiction writing through a one-on-one writing tutorial between student and instructor, conducted via distance learning. A student submits four original works of non-fiction during Writing Mentorship II and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 513.