Fiction ~ Poetry ~ Creative Nonfiction
Lindenwood University's MFA in Writing degree offers an option for students to declare an emphasis in one of three areas: Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction. Depending on your personal preferences, you may prefer to pursue the general MFA in Writing degree (with coursework in any genre allowed for all 48 credit hours), or you may prefer to pursue an emphasis to show a specialized coursework focus. Note that emphases are listed on transcripts but do not appear on diplomas. Students who wish to declare an emphasis must contact their MFA advisor to request the Major Change form and must complete and return the form to their advisor.
An emphasis requires at least 27 credit hours in your emphasis genre, including at least one required Foundational class from the lists below. Emphasis students may take any MFA classes for the remaining 18 credit hours of coursework. The final 3-credit Thesis must focus primarily on the emphasis genre. Students work with their advisor to ensure proper emphasis coursework is completed.
Students pursuing an emphasis must select at least one Foundational class from the list below for the chosen emphasis genre:
Fiction Emphasis - Foundational Class Options:
IMF 55100 Fiction Craft Foundations
IMF 56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction
IMF 58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction
Poetry Emphasis - Foundational Class Options:
IMF 55300 Poetry Craft Foundations
IMF 56300 Classic Foundational Literature: Poetry
IMF 58300 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry
Creative Nonfiction Emphasis - Foundational Class Options:
IMF 55200 Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations
IMF 56200 Classic Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction
IMF 58200 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction