2022-2023 Catalog 
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2022-2023 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Writing, MFA

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The program is designed to instruct writers in creative techniques, to nurture their individual development and vision, and to help prepare them for entry into the public life of literature.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Articulate how linguistic, formal, and aesthetic choices create literary effects on the page
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the range of literary aesthetics, trends, and sensibilities-nationally and globally, past and present-as well as the political ramifications of craft choices
  • Practice critical analysis of their own writing as a process, implementing drafting and revision plans for their creative projects
  • Cultivate professional practices that engage in the greater literary community and form a sustained writing life

Major Requirements (32 units)

All courses are 4 units.

Thesis (4-8 units)

Thesis I is an elective course strongly recommended for students whose thesis will be a book-length project. Thesis II is required for all students.

  • NOTE:

    In Thesis I and Thesis II, students work one-on-one with a faculty mentor who provides extensive feedback on their work in a series of scheduled meetings.

    The thesis may be a:

    • novel
    • memoir
    • poetry collection
    • story collection
    • essay collection
    • purposeful combination of these genres

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