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 credit

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.

CWR 531 Residency Workshop II: Fiction – 2 credits

Intermediate graduate-level 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: CWR 501. Corequisites: CWR 534, CWR 537, & CWR 538.

CWR 532 Residency Workshop II: Poetry – 2 credits

Intermediate graduate-level 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: CWR 502. Corequisites: CWR 535, CWR 537, & CWR 538.

CWR 533 Residency Workshop II: Non-Fiction – 2 credits

Intermediate graduate-level 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: CWR 503 Corequisites: CWR 536, CWR 537, & CWR 538.

CWR 534 Craft Seminar II: Fiction – 1.5 credits

Intermediate graduate-level 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 531.

CWR 535 Craft Seminar II: Poetry – 1.5 credits

Intermediate graduate-level 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 532.

CWR 536 Craft Seminar II: Non-Fiction – 1.5 credits

Intermediate graduate-level 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 533.

CWR 537 Cross-Genre Craft Seminar II – 1.5 credits

Intermediate graduate-level 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 531, CWR 532, or CWR 533.

CWR 538 Locale Seminar II – 1 credit

Study of the history, culture, and literary traditions of a residency locale, conducted during the second two-week residency period of a student’s residency sequence. Students will complete a series of readings and journal responses 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 531, CWR 532, or CWR 533.

CWR 541 Writing Mentorship III: Fiction – 6 credits

Advanced 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 III and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 531.

CWR 542 Writing Mentorship III: Poetry – 6 credits

Advanced 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 III and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 532.

CWR 543 Writing Mentorship III: Non-Fiction – 6 credits

Advanced 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 III and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 533.

CWR 551 Writing Mentorship IV: Fiction – 6 credits

Continued advanced 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 IV and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 541.

CWR 552 Writing Mentorship IV: Poetry – 6 credits

Continued advanced 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 IV and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 542.

CWR 553 Writing Mentorship IV: Non-Fiction – 6 credits

Continued advanced 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 IV and writes responses to a selection of individualized readings chosen with the instructor. Prerequisite: CWR 543.

CWR 590 Creative Thesis I – 3 credits

Independent production of a substantial manuscript of creative writing in the student’s genre or genres, created during the course of study for the Pan-European MFA program . During Creative Thesis I, a student submits a thesis proposal for approval by a faculty advisor , works with that advisor to form a thesis committee consisting of at least two faculty readers, and begins crafting and revising the thesis manuscript. The thesis must adhere to the requirements and procedures outlined in the “Pan-European MFA Creative Thesis and Capstone Essay Guidelines.”  Pre- or Corequisite: CWR 551, CWR 552, or CWR 553.

CWR 591 Creative Thesis II – 3 credits

Culminating independent production of a substantial manuscript of creative writing in the student’s genre or genres, created during the course of study for the Pan-European MFA program as one of the degree’s capstone projects. During Creative Thesis II, a student crafts and revises the thesis manuscript in response to feedback from a faculty advisor and submits the manuscript for review and approval by the thesis committee, consisting of the advisor and at least two faculty readers. The student publically presents a selection from the thesis manuscript during the graduating residency. The thesis must adhere to the requirements and procedures outlined in “Pan-European MFA Creative Thesis and Capstone Essay Guidelines.”   Pre- or Corequisite: CWR 590.

CWR 592 Critical Essay – 3 credits

Culminating independent production of a seminar-length critical essay, created under the research and writing guidance of a faculty advisor. The critical essay demonstrates the student’s awareness of the craft of writing published within the thesis genre or genres, and it further articulates the student’s sense of professionalism for a career in creative writing. As one of the Pan-European MFA’s capstone projects, it must be approved by the faculty advisor. The student publically presents a selection from the critical essay during the graduating residency. The critical essay must adhere to the requirements and procedures outlined in the “Pan-European MFA Creative Thesis and Capstone Essay Guidelines.” Pre- or Corequisite: CWR 551, CWR 552, or CWR 553.

CWR 598 Graduating Residency – 3 credits

Culminating study of the history, culture, and literary traditions of a residency locale, conducted during the third two-week residency period of a student’s residency sequence. Students will complete a series of readings and journal responses prior to the residency in order to participate in seminar discussions. The seminar will include topics such as “Vienna and the European Music Tradition” and “The Architecture of Vienna and Bratislava: The Ruprechtskirche & the Karlskirche, the Bratislava Castle & St. Martin’s Cathedral.” Field trips will supplement seminar discussions. As part of the Graduating Residency requirements, a student publically presents selections from both the creative thesis and critical essay capstone projects. Prerequisite: CWR 551, CWR 552, or CWR 553.

CWR 599 Thesis: Maintenance of Candidacy – 1 credit

Continuation of creative thesis production until completion of manuscript and approval by thesis committee. Prerequisite: CWR 591 and approval by MFA Program Director.