2010-2014 Program Requirements

Concentration in Mainstream/Genre Fiction

The M.F.A. concentration in Mainstream/Genre Fiction includes instruction in writing for such forms as science fiction, the mystery, narrative nonfiction, and mainstream commercial fiction.  Study includes short and long written forms, as well as exploration of forms for alternative media such as public performance, audio, and internet media.

The M.F.A. Concentration in Mainstream Genre Fiction requires 60 credits:
CRWR 600     Summer Orientation 3 credits
CRWR 601     Patterns and Paradigms for Mainstream Genre Fiction 2 credits
CRWR 602     Fiction Workshop and Translation 2 credits
CRWR 603     Specific Fiction Forms 2 credits
CRWR 606     What Do You Know (about Fiction)?   6 credits
CRWR 607     The Truth and a Good Story: Research for the Fiction Writer 6 credits
CRWR 611     Poetics: Focused Fiction Genre Studies 6 credits
CRWR 612     Poetics: Narrative Nonfiction 6 credits
CRWR 616*   Fiction Writing for the World, from the Spirit 6 credits
CRWR 617*   Fiction Writing in/on Air 6 credits
CRWR 621     Making Connections in Fiction 6 credits
CRWR 697     Special Topics 6 credits
CRWR 694     Thesis 3 credits

*In place of either CRWR 616 or CRWR 617, choose one of the following:
CRWR 636     Metrical Traditions  & Versification I 6 credits
CRWR 637     History of the English Language and Teaching Poetry 6 credits
CRWR 665     The Narrative in Picture Form 6 credits
CRWR 667     Screenwriting Genre 6 credits

Mainstream Genre Fiction as a Second Area of Emphasis

Students pursuing this concentration as a second area of emphasis must earn 30 credits within the concentration as follows:

All four of the following:
CRWR 600    Summer Orientation 1 credit
CRWR 606    What Do You Know (about Fiction)? 6 credits
CRWR 607    The Truth and a Good Story: Research for the Fiction Writer 6 credits
CRWR 694    Thesis 3 credits

Supporting courses in consultation with adviser, 12 credits, including one of the following:
CRWR 601     Patterns and Paradigms for Mainstream Genre Fiction  2 credits
CRWR 602     Fiction Workshop and Translation  2 credits
CRWR 603     Specific Fiction Forms  2 credits

Students may count CRWR 611 if taken already to fulfill the out-of-concentration course required by the primary area of emphasis.

Concentration in Poetry with an Emphasis in Formal Verse

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The Concentration in Poetry with an Emphasis in Formal Verse requires that students achieve demonstrable mastery of a wide range of poetic forms and techniques along with acquiring historical and analytical knowledge about them.  Students who complete the program will also be required to demonstrate their readiness to participate fully in the literary world through public speaking and relevant prose (book reviews, metrical analysis, historical investigation, etc.). This concentration requires passing a comprehensive exam on formal poetry and poetics as well as second-year reading competency in a foreign language.

The M.F.A. Concentration in Poetry requires 60 credits:

CRWR 600     Summer Orientation 3 credits
CRWR 631     Scansion Immersion 2 credits
CRWR 632     Public Performance 2 credits
CRWR 633     Poetry and Music 2 credits
CRWR 636     Metrical Traditions  & Versification I 6 credits
CRWR 637     History of the English Language  and Teaching Poetry 6 credits
CRWR 641     Metrical Traditions  & Versification II 6 credits
CRWR 642     Poetry Book Reviewing and Translation 6 credits
CRWR 646*   Narrative Forms in Poetry 6 credits
CRWR 647*   The Satirical Tradition and Dramatic Verse 6 credits
CRWR 651     Advanced Poetry Genres in Particular Forms 6 credits
CRWR 652     Rhyme 6 credits
CRWR 694     Thesis 3 credits

*In place of either CRWR 646 or CRWR 647, choose one of the following:
CRWR 606     What Do You Know (about Fiction)? 6 credits
CRWR 607     The Truth and a Good Story: Research for the Fiction Writer 6 credits
CRWR 665     The Narrative in Picture Form 6 credits
CRWR 667     Screenwriting Genre 6 credits

Poetry as a Second Area of Emphasis

Students pursuing this concentration as a second area of emphasis must earn 30 credits within the concentration as follows:

All four of the following:
CRWR 600     Summer Orientation 1 credit
CRWR 636     Metrical Traditions  & Versification I 6 credits
CRWR 637     History of the English Language  and Teaching Poetry 6 credits
CRWR 694     Thesis 3 credits

Supporting courses in consultation with adviser, 12  credits, including one of the following:
CRWR 631     Scansion Immersion 2 credits
CRWR 632     Public Performance 2 credits
CRWR 633     Poetry and Music 2 credits

Students may count CRWR 636 if taken already to fulfill the out-of-concentration course required by the primary area of emphasis.

Concentration in Screenwriting

The Concentration in Screenwriting includes instruction in the history and analysis of classical and contemporary screenwriting texts and the resulting films. The program also includes instruction in writing the visual narrative, three-act structure, four-act structure, character development, thematic development, conflict, genre, story arc, dialogue and voice over. Although the program emphasizes the Hollywood or independent, feature-length screenplay, the curriculum also includes television drama and situation comedy writing, as well as screenwriting contests, festivals and opportunities for marketing the M.F.A. students’ work. A Master’s Thesis Project, in the form of a 100-page, feature-length screenplay must be completed as a part of the degree requirements.

The M.F.A. Concentration in Screenwriting requires 60 credits:

CRWR 600     Summer Orientation 3 credits
CRWR 662     Story, Conflict, Character, and Genre in Screenwriting 2 credits
CRWR 663     Screenwriting Competition, Representation, the “Option” 2 credits
CRWR 665     The Narrative in Picture Form 6 credits
CRWR 667     Screenwriting Genre 6 credits
CRWR 671     The First Feature-Length Screenplay of Less Than 90 Pages 6 credits
CRWR 672     Television Drama and Situation Comedy 6 credits
CRWR 676*   The Character Voice-Over 6 credits
CRWR 677*   Screen Pacing and Tempo, Chronology, Flashback, Flash-Forward, and Montage 6 credits
CRWR 691     Screenwriting Master’s Thesis Project I 6 credits
CRWR 692     Screenwriting Master’s Thesis Project II 6 credits
CRWR 694     Thesis  3 credits

*In place of either CRWR 676 or CRWR 677, choose one of the following:
CRWR 606     What Do You Know (about Fiction)? 6 credits
CRWR 607     The Truth and a Good Story: Research for the Fiction Writer 6 credits
CRWR 636     Metrical Traditions  & Versification I 6 credits
CRWR 637     History of the English Language  and Teaching Poetry 6 credits

Screenwriting as a Second Area of Emphasis

Students pursuing this concentration as a second area of emphasis must earn 30 credits within the concentration as follows:

All four of the following:
CRWR 600     Summer Orientation 1 credit
CRWR 665     The Narrative in Picture Form 6 credits
CRWR 667     Screenwriting Genre 6 credits
CRWR 694     Thesis 3 credits

Supporting courses in consultation with adviser, 12 credits, including one of the following:
CRWR 661    Film History and Analysis; the Visual Narrative 2 credits
CRWR 662    Story, Conflict, Character, and Genre in Screenwriting 2 credits
CRWR 663    Screenwriting Competition, Representation, the “Option” 2 credits

Students may count CRWR 665 if taken already to fulfill the out-of-concentration course required by the primary area of emphasis.