These conferences encourage participation by visiting students, new writers, established writers, teachers of writing, and editors who will be admitted by application and may receive academic credit upon request.
Graduate students may take any Writers Conference sponsored by the MFA program for academic credit.
Topics have included Advanced Professional Writing, Speechwriting in the Digital World, and Writing in the Public Sector.
CWL 570 - Advanced Writing Workshop, 4 credits The focus is on work in progress and the development of an existing manuscript.
Although courses may be repeated for credit, students are strongly encouraged to experiment among the disciplines.
CWL 510 - Forms of Fiction, 4 credits Regular submission, discussion, and analysis of students’ work in one or more areas of fiction.A seminar for writers concentrating on one area of literary study, to be announced in the course schedule.The course may examine a contemporary or historical trend in literature, the rise of a specific genre, a social issue expressed in literature, an issue in literary theory, or any other topic of relevance and concern to students of writing. Topics have included Contemporary Fiction for Writers, Contemporary Poetry for Writers, the Russian Novel and Contemporary Fiction, Literature by Women, Southern Renaissance, French Literature, Children’s Literature, Theory and Criticism for Writers, Classic Plots, and Topics in American Humor. A seminar concentrating on a specific topic or concern in writing.Topics have included Advanced Playwriting, Screenwriting, Fiction into Film, Musical Book, and Adaptation.CWL 535 - Writing in Multiple Genres, 4 credits Regular submission, discussion, and analysis of students’ work in two or more genres of creative writing.Academic Requirements | Academic Regulations | Thesis The MFA in Writing and Literature degree requires 46 credit hours, 40 of course work and a six-credit thesis.Here is how credits are distributed: Required Introduction to the MFA Program (4 Credits) CWL 500 - Introduction to Graduate Writing, 4 credits A seminar that introduces students to one another, to the faculty, to the program in Creative Writing and Literature, and to issues in contemporary writing.Written work will be supported by the reading of related texts.Topics have included Publishing and Editing for Writers, Humor and Truth, Character Development, Writing for Children and Young Adults, Plot Development, Reading and Writing Comedy, Building Real Characters, The Evolution of Prose Poetry, Finding One’s Voice, Seriously Funny, and Writing about Place. Independent studies in topics chosen by the student are arranged through an individual instructor.Topics include Three Characters in Search of an Author; Imagining What You Know; What We Write About When We Write About Love; Fiction, Fact and the Heart of the Story; Writing about Place; Writing Everything; and Writing on Location .CWL 540 - Forms of Creative Nonfiction, 4 credits Regular submission, discussion, and analysis of students’ work in one or more contemporary fields of nonfiction writing.