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MFA COMPLETION REQUIREMENTS

A. Students should spend 6 quarters in residence.

B. A student should concentrate in one of the
following areas:

1. Poetry
2. Fiction
3. Literary Nonfiction

(Students, however, are expected to take course work in areas other than the one in which they concentrate.)

C. In consultation with a thesis adviser, each student will compile a list of fifteen books to augment the reading done in course work. A portion of the oral examination, held near the end of each student's term of study, will be devoted to questions about this list and works covered in required form and theory literature courses.

D. Each student must submit a literary thesis of substantial length and publishable quality. The thesis will be reviewed in the oral examination.

* Minimum total credits for Master of Fine Arts Degree - 72 Credits

Course Descriptions Creative Writing (CRWR)

• 514 LITERARY EDITING AND DESIGN—5 Credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
The class will study the history of literary magazine publishing in America since 1950. It will also study typography, layout, graphics, and editorial vision. Students will be asked to examine and discuss various influential literary magazines of the past as well as the present and to produce a mock-up of their own literary magazine.

• 515 INTERNSHIP LITERARY EDITING AND DESIGN (Literary Publishing)—1-5 Credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
This internship offers hands-on instruction in the craft and business of book publishing. It will cover acquisitions, typography, cover design, copy editing, author liaison, printing, binding, marketing and advertising, promotion, publication law, and publishing house operation and structure. Members of the class will help to screen submissions to the Spokane Prize for Short Fiction competition, and will assist in the design, production, marketing and promotion of the winning entry, to be published each year by Willow Springs Books, an offshoot of the Willow Springs literary journal. The Literary Publishing internship also offers students the opportunity to assist in the planning and production of Spokane's annual literary festival, Get Lit!, which occurs each year in April.

• 517 GRADUATE WRITING WORKSHOP: Fiction, Poetry, or Literary Nonfiction—5 Credits
(Drama, Scriptwiriting, orTranslation offered occasionally)
Prerequisite: MFA Students (others with instructor permission).
Classroom discussion of student writing, concentrating on editing and revision with a view to attaining publishable quality.

• 539 SPECIAL TOPICS—1-5 Credits

• 567 CONTEMPORARY WOMEN'S FICTION—5 Credits
Prerequisite: Graduate standing.
A look at changing perspectives in women's fiction from the 1970s to the present. (Cross-listed ENGL 567)

• 569 LITERATURE OF THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST—5 Credits
A survey of Northwestern literature from 1800 to the present time, including representative exploration journals as well as more recent work by such writers as Richard Hugo, James Welch, Carolyn Kizer, Rick Bass, and Ursula LeGuin. The course also addresses questions of geography, economics, and regional culture as they relate to the literature.
(Cross-listed ENGL 569)

• 583 FICTION I—THE NOVEL —5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
A study of the novel from a writer’s point of view, considering the roots, various periods, and stylistic approaches to the form. Works to be considered might include texts by Homer, Cervantes, Diderot, Hardy, Austen, Flaubert, Tolstoy, Faulkner, Nabokov, Dos Passos, Robbe-Grillet, Cather, Hurston, Fowles, Fitzgerald, Bellow, Calvino, Murakami, Woolf, Robinson, Pynchon, and Morrison, among others. Through a study of style, structure, and historical development, the course willconcern itself with the many shapes the novel takes, has taken, or might take, while also examining common elements that link various examples of the form.

• 584 FICTION II—THE SHORT FORM —5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
A study of the short story from a writer’s point of view, considering the roots, various periods, and stylistic approaches to the form. Works to be considered might include texts by Chaucer, Chekhov, Tolstoy, DeMaupassant, Crane, Kafka, Mansfield, Joyce, James, Lawrence, Porter, Toomer, Anderson, Updike, Carver, Munro, Dubus, Oates, Dybek, and Davis, among others. Through a study of style, structure, and historical development, the course will concern itself with the many shapes the short story takes, has taken, or might take, while also examining common elements that link various examples of the form. An added area of focus may include study of the short-short and novella.

• 585 FICTION III—SELECTED TOPICS IN CRAFT —5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
Advanced, close study of selected topics in fiction, focusing primarily on elements of craft and technique, such as point of view, voice, setting, character, plot. Particular attention will be given to how the technical choices a writer makes in a specific work regarding one or some of these elements of craft serve to shape, limit, and inform the fiction being examined. Other topics might include: the role of politics in fiction; the role of mythology in fiction; the effect of the book market upon fiction; the trend toward categorizing fiction, applying to a particular work or body of work such terms as realism, post modernism, meta-fiction, minimalism. More than one topic may be considered during the course

• 586 LITERARY NONFICTION I—ANCIENT ROOTS THROUGH THE 19TH CENTURY—5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
Intensive study of the nature and development of nonfiction, beginning with ancient Greek, Roman, Chinese, and Japanese writings and the Bible, moving to the nonfiction of Continental writers such as Kempe, Montaigne, Browne, Swift, Johnson, Addison and Steele, and Lamb, and on to American writers such as Emerson, Thoreau, Twain, and Muir. Forms such as oral traditions of indigenous peoples, exploration accounts, slave narratives, captive narratives, biography, autobiography, meditation, diaries/journals, and the essay may be considered.

• 587 LITERARY NONFICTION II—20TH CENTURY AND BEYOND—5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
Intensive study of the nature and variety of modern and contemporary literary nonfiction, including such established writers as Woolf, Orwell, White, Didion, Mailer, Tom Wolfe, Tobias Wolff, Kingston, Momaday, McPhee, Baldwin, Walker, Kincaid, Dillard, Eiseley, Sanders, Rodriguez, and Haines, as well as lesser-known contemporary writers. Forms such as memoir, essay, short nonfiction, literary journalism, and the nonfiction novel may be considered, as well as effects of the works on the world.

• 588 LITERARY NONFICTION III—SELECTED TOPICS—5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
Advanced, close study of selected topics in creative nonfiction, such as nature writing, travel writing, oral history, memoir, diaries/journals, the personal essay, short nonfiction, radio commentary, literary journalism, biography, nonfiction literature for social change, creative nonfiction in translation, research methods, ethical questions, cross-cultural writing, political writing, historical writing, and science writing. More than one topic will be considered during the course.

• 589 POETRY I—BACKGROUND AND THEORY—5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
A study of some early poetry important to the development of the art, including Sappho, Catullus, Horace, the poets of the Tang Dynasty, and the English Metapysicals. It will also include discussions of traditional forms and prosody.

• 590 POETRY II—THE MODERNS AND MODERNISM—5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
The course will begin with the study of Dickinson and Whitman and move through the "High Moderns" to Robert Lowell, Elizabeth Bishop, and Roethke. It may also include discussion of Symbolism, the Spanish poets, the French Surrealists, and other non-English speaking poets of the period.

• 592 POETRY III—CONTEMPORARY WORLD POETRY AND POETICS—5 Credits
Prerequisite: MFA or English MA students (others with instructor permission)
An intensive study of selected authors and literary developments, both national and international, since 1960.

• 596 EXPERIMENTAL COURSE—1-5 Credits

• 597 WORKSHOPS—1-5 Credits
Note: Workshop credit cannot be used to fulfill degree requirements.

• 598 SEMINAR IN CREATIVE WRITING OR LITERATURE—5 Credits
This course deals with specialized aspects of creative writing or literature. A student may take the seminar several times. The exact content of the course will be indicated in the title to be entered on his or her permanent record. (If the topic is literature, the course may be cross-listed with ENGL 598.)

• 600 THESIS—1-15 Credits

• 698 INTERNSHIP IN INSTRUCTION—1-5 Credits
A practicum in teaching writing. This courses offers hands-on training and teaching experience through Writers in the Community (WITC). MFA students and others serve in volunteer teaching positions at public and private schools and other institutions (such as prisons, juvenile detention centers, halfway houses, drug and alcohol treatment centers, senior centers, psychiatric hospitals, etc.).

The forms of the teaching is creative writing in general, or writing the creative process. An anthology called InRoads is published annually, featuring the writing of WITC students.


 

Creative Writing—INCW
Eastern Wash. University
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Spokane, WA 99202
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