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Degree Requirements

WORKSHOPS: 12 credit hours

Note: Students are admitted into the program in one genre of concentration. Four workshops must be taken in this declared genre.

ENGL 522 Poetry Writing Workshop


An advanced workshop in poetry. Students will write poems, submit their work for the critique of the workshop and contribute to the discussion of others’ writing. Readings may be assigned to address particular issues of craft and genre. Repeatable for credit; course must be taken a minimum of four times if this is the degree candidate’s genre. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 523 Fiction Writing Workshop


An advanced workshop in fiction. Students will write fiction, submit their work for the critique of the workshop and contribute to the discussion of others’ writing. Readings may be assigned to address particular issues of craft and genre. Repeatable for credit; course must be taken a minimum of four times if this is the degree candidate’s genre. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 524 Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop


An advanced workshop in creative nonfiction. Students will write creative nonfiction, submit their work for the critique of the workshop and contribute to the discussion of others’ writing. Readings may be assigned to address particular issues of craft and genre. Repeatable for credit; course must be taken a minimum of four times if this is the degree candidate’s genre. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

MFA COURSES: 9 credit hours

ENGL 502 Teaching Creative Nonfiction, Fiction, and Poetry Writing


Theories and practices for teaching secondary school students, college students, and others how to write in genres such as creative nonfiction, poetry, and fiction. Emphasis is on teaching in classroom and workshop settings. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 507 Small Press Production


A practicum course that studies the manuscript selection and preparation, design, editing, distribution, and promotion practices of small presses with the intention of preparing students to write, design, and submit manuscripts for publication. Students acquire hands-on experience with Ahsahta Press. 3 Credits, S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 508 Writing, Editing, and Designing for Professional Advancement


A writing course that studies literary journals, trade journals, and little magazines, and that looks at trade book and electronic publication with the intention of preparing students to write, design, and submit manuscripts, as well as prepare professional resumes and letters of application. May be repeated once for credit. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 509 Book Arts


A historical survey of various aspects of bookmaking, including papermaking, typography, printing, binding, and desktop publishing, as well as book distribution/ marketing, and production of artist’s and eccentric bookworks. Course culminates in production of a classroom edition of each student’s original writings or art works in an appropriate format devised by the student. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ENGL 309 or PERM/INST.

ENGL 532 Form and Theory of Poetry


An intensive study of aspects of craft in poetry. Course will expose students to particular methods, approaches, and techniques in poetry and their aesthetic effects. May be taken three times for credit. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 533 Form and Theory of Fiction


An intensive study of aspects of craft in fiction. Course will expose students to particular methods, approaches, and techniques in fiction and their aesthetic effects. May be taken three times for credit. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGL 534 Form and Theory of Creative Nonfiction


An intensive study of aspects of craft in creative nonfiction. Course will expose students to particular methods, approaches, and techniques in creative nonfiction and their aesthetic effects. May be taken twice for credit. 3 Credits, F/S. PREREQ: ADM/PROG or PERM/INST.

ENGLISH ELECTIVES: 18 credit hours

Students must choose 500-level courses from at least two of the following areas:
Composition/Rhetoric, Creative Writing*, Linguistics, Literature, Technical Communication, or Internship. One 400-level G writing course allowed. ENGL 598 is required for Teaching Assistants.

*Either additional courses from the MFA Courses list or a workshop in a different genre is permitted.

ELECTIVES: 3 credit hours

Graduate courses, any discipline
Note: May include 400-level G courses.

THESIS: 6 credit hours

To satisfy the requirements of the MFA in Creative Writing, students must complete a book-length thesis project of either fiction, nonfiction, or poetry. Students should register for E593 Thesis in their final two semesters to receive six credit hours for a completed thesis that applies to the 48 credit hour minimum required for the degree.

TOTAL: 48 credit hours

News & Announcements

  • Ahsahta Press, directed by Janet Holmes, saw three of its seven 2015 publications land on Best of 2015 lists. Read Maureen McLane's review of Anne Boyer's Garments Against Women in the New York Times Book Review.
  • MFA program director Mitch Wieland's short story "Snow Angels" appeared in the summer issue of The Missouri Review. The story, set in Tokyo, is an excerpt from Strange You Never Knew, his novel in progress.
  • In April, Professor Martin Corless-Smith published his sixth book, a new novel titled This Fatal Looking Glass from SplitLevel Texts.