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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. 


To supplement the catalog descriptions with more details for our students, our instructors have also provided personalized descriptions for the classes they teach. Click the class titles linked below to view course descriptions, class types, and textbook information. Classes without info links will be offered in future terms. 

MFA Course Descriptions & Textbooks:

By Course Number

IMF 51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA - Lisa Haag

IMF 51500 Creative Writing for the MFA: Finding a Home for Your Work: Reaching Beyond the Workshop to a World of Readers - Patricia Feeney

IMF 51602 Fiction Genres: Fiction Craft & Workshop – David Hollingsworth

IMF 51603 Fiction Genres: Focused Literature Study: Ulysses - Ted Morrissey

IMF 51604 Fiction Genres: Writers' Lives - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 51605 Fiction Genres: Breaking the Fourth Wall – Eve Jones

IMF 51606 Fiction Genres I: LGBTQ+ Fiction - Christopher Candice

IMF 51607 Fiction Genres II: Speculative and Dystopian Novels - Kali VanBaale

IMF 51608 Fiction Genres III: Utopian and Dystopian Speculative Fiction - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 51609 Fiction Genres IV: Contemporary SciFi and Fantasy Novellas - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 51610 Fiction Genres V: Fairy Tale Fiction - Gillian Parrish

IMF 51611 Fiction Genres VI: Novels-in-Stories - Kali VanBaale

IMF 51612 Fiction Genres VII: John Gardner's The Art of Fiction - Kali VanBaale

IMF 51701 Poetry Genres: Women Poets - Eve Jones

IMF 51702 Poetry Genres: The Sonnet - Anothai Kaewkaen

IMF 51705 Poetry Genres I: The Contemporary Narrative Poem - Ryan Smith

IMF 51706 Poetry Genres II: The Transformation Song - Anothai Kaewkaen

IMF 51800 Advanced Creative Writing: The MFA Goes to Work: Creative Writing in Business - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 52100 Focused Poetry Workshop - Andrew Pryor

IMF 52101 Focused Poetry Workshop: Ekphrastic Poetry - Eve Jones

IMF 52103 Focused Poetry Workshop:  Prose Poems - Ryan Smith

IMF 52104 Focused Poetry Workshop: Poetry Bootcamp - Eve Jones

IMF 52105 Focused Poetry Workshop I - Staff

IMF 52106 Focused Poetry Workshop II - Eve Jones

IMF 52107 Focused Poetry Workshop III - Eve Jones

IMF 52108 Focused Poetry Workshop IV: Geographies of American Poetry - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 52110 Focused Poetry Workshop VI: Further Studies - Eve Jones

IMF 52200 Focused Fiction Workshop - On-Campus - Chris Candice

IMF 52201 Focused Fiction Workshop: George Saunders - Zachary Vickers

IMF 52202 Focused Fiction Workshop: Flash Fiction Workshop: T-Minus 500 - Zachary Vickers

IMF 52204 Focused Fiction Workshop: Short Fiction Workshop - Kendra Hayden

IMF 52206 Focused Fiction Workshop: Kurt Vonnegut - Zachary Vickers

IMF 52207 Focused Fiction Workshop: Novel Chapter Workshop - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52208 Focused Fiction Workshop: Novel II Workshop - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52209 Focused Fiction Workshop: Revision Workshop - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52210 Focused Fiction Workshop: The Writing Process: Short Fiction - Beth Mead

IMF 52211 Focused Fiction Workshop I - Tony D'Souza

IMF 52212 Focused Fiction Workshop II - Tony D'Souza

IMF 52213 Focused Fiction Workshop III: Point of View - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52214 Focused Fiction Workshop IV: Points of Entry for the Novel - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52215 Focused Fiction Workshop V: Points of Entry for the Short Story - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52216 Focused Fiction Workshop VI: Writer's Bootcamp - Nicole McInnes

IMF 52218 Focused Fiction Workshop VIII: Content Crusher: Hypoxic Story Seminar/Workshop - Zachary Vickers

IMF 52219 Focused Fiction Workshop IX: Sentence-Level Editing: Flash Fiction - Beth Mead

IMF 52301 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Flash Nonfiction - Lisa Haag

IMF 52305 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Longform Narrative Journalism - Tony D'Souza

IMF 52306 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Lyric & Personal Essays - Lisa Haag

IMF 52307 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Memoir Chapter Workshop – Kali VanBaale

IMF 52308 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Personal Essay Craft & Workshop - David Hollingsworth

IMF 52309 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: The Poetics of Memoir - Gillian Parrish

IMF 52311 Focused Nonfiction Workshop II: Dinty W. Moore and the Flash Essay - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52313 Focused Nonfiction Workshop IV: Writing a Nonfiction Book - Tony D'Souza

IMF 52314 Focused Nonfiction Workshop V: The Memoir Essay - Patricia Feeney

IMF 52315 Focused Nonfiction Workshop VI (Craft & Literature): Further Studies in the Personal Essay & Memoir - Andrew Pryor

IMF 52316 Focused Nonfiction Workshop VII: Travel Writing - Eve Jones

IMF 52317 Focused Nonfiction Workshop VIII: Sentence-Level Editing: Flash Nonfiction - Beth Mead

IMF 52318 Focused Nonfiction Workshop IX: Writing About Trauma: Putting the Hard Stuff on Paper (Craft/Literature) - Patricia Feeney

IMF 52319 Focused Nonfiction Workshop X: Contemporary Personal Essay Collections - Kali VanBaale

IMF 52400 Focused Scriptwriting Workshop - Zachary Vickers

IMF 52500 Poetry Writing Workshop - Eve Jones

IMF 52600 The Craft of Poetry - Anothai Kaewkaen

IMF 52702 Selected Emphases in Poetry: International Poetry: Further Studies in Asian Poetry - Anothai Kaewkaen

IMF 52706 Selected Emphases in Poetry: Asian Poetry – Anothai Kaewkaen

IMF 52707 Selected Emphases in Poetry I: Poetic Forms Emphasizing Repetition - Anothai Kaewkaen

IMF 52708 Selected Emphases in Poetry II: Poetry for Prose Writers - Wm Anthony Connolly

IMF 52709 Selected Emphases in Poetry III: Art of the Line: WS Merwin and a Study in Lineation - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 52710 Selected Emphases in Poetry IV: Contemporary Lyric Poetry - Ryan Smith

IMF 52711 Selected Emphases in Poetry V: Docupoetics - Gillian Parrish

IMF 52712 Selected Emphases in Poetry VI: Movements in American Poetry - Gillian Parrish

IMF 52714 Selected Emphases in Poetry VIII: Living Poetry: Art of the Everyday - Gillian Parrish

IMF 53200 Adv Focused Fiction Workshop - Tony D'Souza

IMF 53500 Fiction Writing Workshop - Tony D'Souza

IMF 53600 Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction – Wm Anthony Connolly

IMF 53701 Selected Emphases in Fiction: Magical Realism - Literature - Ron Austin

IMF 53702 Selected Emphases In Fiction: Magical Realism Literature & Workshop - Ron Austin

IMF 53705 Selected Emphases in Fiction: The Long Story & Novella - Ted Morrissey

IMF 53706 Selected Emphases in Fiction: Revisionist Fictions - Ted Morrissey

IMF 53707 Selected Emphases in Fiction: African American Literature - Tony D'Souza

IMF 53708 Selected Emphases in Fiction I: Experimental Writing as Literature - Ted Morrissey

IMF 53709 Selected Emphases In Fiction II: The Competing Styles of Hemingway & Faulkner - Tony D'Souza

IMF 53710 Selected Emphases in Fiction III: Reading & Writing the Short Story - Kali VanBaale

IMF 53711 Selected Emphases in Fiction IV: Cli-Fi (Climate-Change Fiction) - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 53712 Selected Emphases in Fiction V: Monster Fiction - Gillian Parrish

IMF 53713 Selected Emphases in Fiction VI: American Women Short-Story Masters I - Mary Anderson

IMF 53714 Selected Emphases in Fiction VII: American Women Short-Story Masters II - Mary Anderson

IMF 53715 Selected Emphases in Fiction VIII: Latin American Literature I - Kendra Hayden

IMF 53716 Selected Emphases in Fiction IX: Latin American Literature II - Kendra Hayden

IMF 53717 Selected Emphases in Fiction X: Sports in Literature: Play, Conflict, and the Shape of Narrative - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 53718 Selected Emphases in Fiction XI: Short Story Collections - Kali VanBaale

IMF 53719 Selected Emphases in Fiction XII: Architecture of the Novel - Kali VanBaale

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 53723 Selected Emphases in Fiction XVI: Native American Literature: Voices of Origin and Power

IMF 53900 Adv Studies in Contemporary Fiction - Wm Anthony Connolly

IMF 54107 Special Topics Focused Workshop: Writing Flash Fiction - Zachary Vickers

IMF 54108 Special Topics Focused Workshop: Publishing Creative Writing - Nicole McInnes

IMF 54109 Special Topics Focused Workshop: Spiritual Writing: Memoir - Gillian Parrish

IMF 54110 Special Topics: The Art of the Sentence - Zachary Vickers

IMF 54301 Genre Fiction as Literature: Young Adult Literature - Nicole McInnes

IMF 54302 Genre Fiction as Literature: The Graphic Novel as Memoir – Zachary Vickers

IMF 54304 Genre Fiction as Literature: Classic Sci-Fi/Horror by Women Writers – Ted Morrissey

IMF 54400 Genre Fiction Workshop: Cli-Fi Workshop (Climate Fiction) - Gene Pfeiffer

IMF 54402 Genre Fiction Workshop: Focused Science Fiction Workshop & Literature - Nicole McInnes

IMF 54403 Genre Fiction Workshop: Young Adult Literature - Nicole McInnes

IMF 54407 Genre Fiction Workshop: Sci-Fi Literature + Workshop: Neil Gaiman - Gillian Parrish

IMF 54408 Genre Fiction Workshop: Romance Writing

IMF 54500 Creative Nonfiction Workshop - Beth Mead

IMF 54600 The Personal Essay & Memoir - Andrew Pryor

IMF 55100 Fiction Craft Foundations – Christopher Candice

IMF 55200 Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations - Lisa Haag

IMF 55300 Poetry Craft Foundations - Ryan Smith

IMF 55500 Prose Workshop: Life Forms - Gillian Parrish

IMF 55600 The Prose Collection: Alice Munro - Mary Anderson

IMF 55601 The Prose Collection: David Sedaris – Lisa Haag

IMF 55602 The Prose Collection: Raymond Carver - Mary Anderson

IMF 55606 The Prose Collection: Tobias Wolff - Beth Mead

IMF 55607 The Prose Collection: Margaret Atwood - Beth Mead

IMF 55608 The Prose Collection: Selected Essays - Lisa Haag

IMF 55609 The Prose Collection: Science and Nature Writing Selected Essays - Lisa Haag

IMF 55610 The Prose Collection: Reading as a Writer: Novels - Beth Mead

IMF 55611 The Prose Collection: Reading as a Writer: Short Stories - Beth Mead

IMF 55704 The Literary Journal: Production & Publication - Beth Mead

IMF 55705 The Literary Journal: Fiction & Essays - Beth Mead

IMF 55707 The Literary Journal: Flash Fiction & Prose Poetry - Beth Mead

IMF 55709 The Literary Journal: Instant Workshop: Publication Prep - Beth Mead

IMF 55800 Adv Studies in Prose: Shakespearean Revisionist Fictions - Ted Morrissey

IMF 56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction - Christopher Candice

IMF 56200 Classic Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction - Lisa Haag

IMF 56300 Classic Foundational Literature: Poetry

IMF 56600 Narrative Journalism - Tony D'Souza

IMF 57301 The Literary Novel: Contemporary Fiction - Tony D'Souza

IMF 58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction - Christopher Candice

IMF 58200 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction – Lisa Haag

IMF 58300 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry - Ryan Smith

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.

By Instructor

Mary Anderson:

Ron Austin:

Christopher Candice:

Tony D'Souza:

Patricia Feeney:

Lisa Haag:

Kendra Hayden:

David Hollingsworth:

Eve Jones:

Anothai Kaewkaen:

Nicole McInnes:

Beth Mead:

Ted Morrissey:

Gillian Parrish:

Gene Pfeiffer:

Andrew Pryor:

Ryan Smith:

Kali VanBaale:

Zachary Vickers:


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