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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

  • Fiction professor Emily Ruskovich was featured in Treasure, the magazine supplement to The Idaho Statesman, in August 2017. The feature includes a video of Ruskovich at home in Idaho City, where she speaks about living in rural Idaho and her childhood on Hoo Doo Mountain.
  • Second year poet Michael McKee Green is the 2017 winner of the prestigious Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize from the Wick Center at Kent State University. His book of poems, Fugue Figure, will be published by the Kent State University Press in the fall of 2018.
  • MFA graduate Erin Rose Belair won third place in Narrative Magazine's 2017 Winter Story Contest. You can read her winning story, "A Place Like This," here.
  • MFA graduate Meghan Kenny's debut novel, The Driest Season, will be published by W.W. Norton in February 2018. The book is based on a short story by Kenny of the same title which won the 2005 Iowa Review Award.
  • Collin Johnson has accepted a spot as a PhD candidate in English (Creative Writing/Poetry) at the University of New Brunswick in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada. In addition to a GA stipend, he was awarded The President's Doctoral Tuition Fellowship which includes full funding for the first three years of the program.
  • MFA in Creative Writing student Ashley Barr has accepted a Chancellor's International Scholarship from The University of Sussex for an MA in Sexual Dissidence. The MA is co-convened through the School of English and the School of Global studies there, and focuses on queer theory and sexuality studies. When the program was founded 25 years ago, it was the first in the UK and one of the first of its kind in the world.