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First Residency

CW 501R. THE PROFESSIONAL WRITER
THREE CREDITS | Residency Course

An introduction to the Writer's life, tools, craft, and the basic elements of the five areas of study. Students begin with pre-residency readings and exercises. Course is completed in residency.  Available only at January and June residency. Capped at 25 students per cohort group.

First Project Semester 
Students will select any two of the following foundation courses. Each of these courses will be delivered online by faculty from each area in the Project semesters.

CW 502. WRITING FICTION
THREE CREDITS 

This is an intermediate course in writing fiction. Students will study, explore, and practice the process, form, and discipline of writing fiction. Students will write and analyze a variety of short fiction samples that demonstrate their understanding of basic fiction elements, point of view, and narrative style.

CW 503. WRITING POETRY
THREE CREDITS

This is an intermediate course in writing poetry. Students will study, explore, and practice the process, form, and discipline of writing poetry. Students will write and analyze a variety of poems that demonstrate their understanding of basic poetic elements, diverse forms, and poetic style.

CW 504. WRITING SCREENPLAYS
THREE CREDITS 

This is an intermediate course in writing screenplays. Students will study, explore, and practice the process, form, and discipline of writing screenplays. Students will write and analyze a variety of scenes that demonstrate your understanding of basic film design, diverse forms, and cinematic styles.

 CW 505. WRITING PLAYS
THREE CREDITS

An intermediate level course in writing plays. Students will explore, study and practice the process, forms, and discipline of writing all forms of stage plays. Students will write and analyze a variety of scenes and short plays that demonstrate their understanding of the basic stage elements, theatrical conversations, and dramatic forms.

CW 506. WRITING CREATIVE NONFICTION
THREE CREDITS

This is an intermediate level course in writing creative nonfiction. Students will explore, study and practice the process, forms, and discipline of writing all forms of creative nonfiction. Students will write and analyze a variety of scenes and short plays that demonstrate their understanding of basic narrative elements, point of view, factual research, and narrative prose styles.

CW 510R PLANNING THE WRITING LIFE
THREE CREDITS | Residency Course

Students create project outlines and writing proposals for drafting new work in their major field of study. Course is team-taught in residency by a team of faculty members from all disciplines in a series of modules including: research, fair use, copyright introduction, arts delivery methods, intro to oral interpretation for writers. Students will attend lectures, group workshops and readings throughout the week.

Second Project Semester
CW 512. GENRE AND CONTEXT
THREE CREDITS

Students will read, analyze, critique, and discuss in-depth their agreed upon reading list with a mentor writer. Individually the student will write responses to each assigned text and complete an annotated bibliography (of the reading list approved by the writer mentor).

CW 514. WRITING PROJECTS
THREE CREDITS

An upper-level drafting semester where students will begin drafting their thesis project and demonstrate their competency and understanding of the form and discipline of that area of study. The work and the students' plan for completing their thesis will be presented in the following residency course. Taken in conjunction with the CW 512 Genre and Context course.

Third Residency
CW 516R. FINAL PROJECT/THESIS PLAN
THREE CREDITS | Residency Course

An upper-level course in critique, analysis, and self-evaluation. During this intense residency week, the students will stand and deliver their proposed projects in a variety of ways, an analysis and critique of their own work, and present their work plan for the thesis project semester that must be approved by mentor faculty. Students will attend presentations within each of their genres addressing topics such as business correspondence, making a pitch, and writing a query letter and how to polish their thesis for CW 520. Students will meet one-on-one with their faculty mentors and the program director to gain full approval of their writing proposal by week's end.

Third Project Semester
CW 520. FINAL PROJECT
SIX CREDITS | Thesis

The M.A. thesis project semester is an intense immersion in the writing, revision, and completion of a full-length manuscript, required supporting documents, and a plan for a genre-specific public presentation during the capstone residency. Students will work closely one-on-one with a mentoring faculty member through e-mail, hardcopy draft exchanges, and other mentor approved communication methods.

Final Residency: Master of Arts in Creative Writing 
CW 525R MASTERS CAPSTONE
THREE CREDITS | Residency Course 

The final presentation and public reading of each M.A. student's completed writing project. Each work will receive a written critique and final outside reading by an agent, editor, producer, or director. This residency week will include several seminars and workshops aimed at moving the individual project towards its appropriate public venue. Those students continuing onto the MFA will work with a mentoring faculty team throughout the week to prepare them for CW 612, CW 614. Students attend readings, faculty presentations, and group meetings during this week.

 Optional
CW 530. CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION
ONE - SIX CREDITS

This course allows students to continually register where needed for further revision in preparation of their final project. Students must continually register until revisions are complete or they complete the required capstone.

MASTER OF FINE ARTS COURSE SEQUENCE

RESIDENCY #1
Students will begin the M.F.A. coursework during the Master of Arts Capstone residency (ENGLISH 525R). Students begin that work by attending additional modules taught by literature PhD faculty and meetings with all faculty during that residency. Students will receive a formal reading list from the faculty and develop their analysis plan in those formal meetings and discussions with faculty.

Project Semester #1
CW 612. LITERARY ANALYSIS
SIX CREDITS

Reading, analyzing, and preparing an extensive graduate paper that demonstrates the students' understanding of the history, tradition, various forms, and diverse styles of contemporary literature in one area of study--fiction, creative nonfiction, film, drama, or poetry. Reading list will be provided by the faculty and students' essays' approach must be approved by faculty mentor and the Program Director. Final paper presentation is made at the subsequent residency. Hard copy of paper is 25 to 65 pages.

CW 614. REVISION TERM
THREE CREDITS

Students will have the opportunity to continue to work with a faculty mentor to revise their creative thesis and prepare it for publication/production OR begin a new project, built upon the strengths of the Master of Arts thesis.

Residency# 2
CW 616R. WRITING IN EDUCATION/PUBLISHING
THREE CREDITS| Residency Course

Students will be required to make a formal paper presentation during this residency to complete ENG 612. Students will complete work generated by team-taught modules to prepare them for either a teaching/publishing internship. They will meet with peers, mentoring faculty and create and deliver mini-lesson plans for proposed courses or a study plan in publishing. Such work must draw upon the best practices of the pedagogy of teaching creative writing or working in publishing in a variety of settings. Students will continue to sharpen their own oral and writing skills as they build an acceptable syllabi, course materials/internship goals for an internship and sample lessons/work plan by week’s end. By week’s end, students will have an internship experience and mentor assigned to them. 

Project Semester #2
CW 620. WRITING IN EDUCATION/PUBLISHING INTERNSHIPS
SIX CREDITS

Students will be required to teach creative writing in one or several various educational venues from a series of artists-in-the schools residencies to for-credit adjunct/full-time course work OR complete an internship with a magazine, small press, or literary agency. Students will document their work through student portfolios and will be supervised by a faculty mentor. In whatever experience students select, they must demonstrate student contact hours of no less than 40 hours per term for teaching and 20 hours per week for publishing internships. Students will present a final analysis of their teaching experience in writing and orally at term’s end.

Optional
CW 630. CONTINUOUS REGISTRATION
ONE - SIX CREDITS

This course allows students to continually register where needed for further revision in preparation of their final project. Students must continually register until revisions are complete or they complete the required capstone.


 
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