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Fiction ~ Poetry ~ Creative Nonfiction

EMPHASIS INFORMATION

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. 

REQUIREMENTS

Students who wish to declare an emphasis must fill out and sign the Major Change form and must return the form to their advisor. The form can be emailed as a scan/pdf or a clear, printable photo/jpg. 

An emphasis requires at least 27 credit hours in the declared emphasis genre, including at least one required Foundational class from the lists below. Emphasis students may take any MFA classes for the remaining credit hours of coursework, to reach 48 total credit hours. The final 3-credit Thesis must focus primarily on the emphasis genre. Students should contact their MFA advisor with any questions 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

The remaining credits to reach 27 credit hours in the declared emphasis genre can be taken from any of the courses listed below for each genre, including any courses that have special focus areas within the 00-99 course number ranges: 

Fiction Course Options

FICTION EMPHASIS:

 

At least one of these Foundational classes must be taken as part of the 27 credit hours in fiction:

IMF 55100 or IMF 56100 or IMF 58100

 

The remaining credit hours to reach 27 fiction credit hours can be any of these classes, including any classes within the 00-99 course ranges:

 

IMF 51600-51699 Fiction Genres
IMF 52200-52299 Focused Fiction Workshop
IMF 53200 Advanced Focused Fiction Workshop
IMF 53500 Fiction Writing Workshop
IMF 53600 Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction
IMF 53700-53799 Selected Emphases in Fiction
IMF 53900 Advanced Studies Contemporary Fiction
IMF 54100-54199 Special Topics Focused Workshop
IMF 54300-54399 Genre Fiction as Literature
IMF 54400-54499 Genre Fiction Workshop
IMF 55100 Fiction Craft Foundations
IMF 55500 Prose Workshop
IMF 55600-55699 The Prose Collection
IMF 55700-55799 The Literary Journal
IMF 55800 Advanced Studies in Prose
IMF 56000 Advanced Studies in Literary Journal
IMF 56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction
IMF 57300-57399 The Literary Novel
IMF 57400-57499 Literary Novel Workshop
IMF 58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction

Poetry Course Options

POETRY EMPHASIS:

 

At least one of these Foundational classes must be taken as part of the 27 credit hours in poetry:

IMF 55300 or IMF 56300 or IMF 58300

 

The remaining credit hours to reach 27 poetry credit hours can be any of these classes, including any classes within the 00-99 course ranges:

 

IMF 51700-51799 Poetry Genres
IMF 52000 Advanced Poetry Genres
IMF 52100-52199 Focused Poetry Workshop
IMF 52500 Poetry Writing Workshop
IMF 52600 The Craft of Poetry: Prosody and Language
IMF 52700-52799 Selected Emphases in Poetry
IMF 52900 Advanced Studies Craft of Poetry
IMF 53000 Advanced Studies in Poetry
IMF 55300 Poetry Craft Foundations
IMF 56300 Classic Foundational Literature: Poetry
IMF 58300 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry

Creative Nonfiction Course Options

CREATIVE NONFICTION EMPHASIS:

 

At least one of these Foundational classes must be taken as part of the 27 credit hours in creative nonfiction:

IMF 55200 or IMF 56200 or IMF 58200

 

The remaining credit hours to reach 27 creative nonfiction credit hours can be any of these classes, including any classes within the 00-99 course ranges:  

 

IMF 52300-52399 Focused Nonfiction Workshop
IMF 53300 Advanced Focused Nonfiction Workshop
IMF 54100-54199 Special Topics Focused Workshop
IMF 54500 Creative Nonfiction Workshop
IMF 54600 The Personal Essay and Memoir
IMF 54700 The Lyric Essay
IMF 55500 Prose Workshop
IMF 55600-55699 The Prose Collection
IMF 55700-55799 The Literary Journal
IMF 55800 Advanced Studies in Prose
IMF 56000 Advanced Studies in Literary Journal
IMF 56200 Classic Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction
IMF 56600 Narrative Journalism
IMF 56700 Readings in Narrative Journalism
IMF 58200 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction
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