Students in the MFA in Writing program choose 45 credit hours of coursework from the MFA curriculum. Additionally, all students enroll in the 3-credit graduate Thesis class at the end of their program, for a total of 48 credit hours.
The MFA program offers workshop classes, literature classes, and craft classes in a wide variety of genres and focus areas. Students may choose to take coursework on-campus or fully online, or through a combination of both delivery methods.
Classes are offered intermittently on a rotating schedule. For students who do not declare an emphasis, there are no required classes (other than the Thesis) and no class prerequisites; students may choose the coursework that works best for them. Students who choose to declare an emphasis in Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction must take at least 27 credit hours in the emphasis area, including at least one Foundational course in that genre, and their final Thesis must focus primarily on that genre.
MFA IN WRITING CURRICULUM
To supplement the catalog descriptions with more details for our students, our instructors have also provided personalized descriptions for the classes they teach. See the class titles below (ordered by course number) to view course descriptions and textbook information. Classes without info links will be offered in future terms.
Instructor Course Descriptions & Textbooks:
IMF 51610 Fiction Genres V: Fairy Tale Fiction - Gillian Parrish
IMF 52714 Selected Emphases in Poetry VIII: Living Poetry: Art of the Everyday - Gillian Parrish
IMF 53721 Selected Emphases in Fiction XIV: Linked Fiction - Gillian Parrish
IMF 53722 Selected Emphases in Fiction XV: Worldbuilding & Unbuilding: A Study in Setting and the Political, Social, Geographic and Economic forces that create a fictional world - Gene Pfeiffer
IMF 58999 Graduate Thesis
NOTE: The Thesis class is required in the final term of the program. Two sections (with two different instructors) are offered per term; alternating instructors include Tony D'Souza, Eve Jones, Kali VanBaale, and Nicole McInnes.