Degree Plan

MFA in Creative Writing: 48 Credits

 

FIRST YEAR 

 

Fall Semester: 

 

CRWR 561 Residency I, 3 credits 

Plus one of the following courses: 

     CRWR 501 Mentorship I, Creative Nonfiction, 9 credits 

     CRWR 511 Mentorship I, Poetry, 9 credits 

     CRWR 531 Mentorship I, Fiction, 9 credits 

     CRWR 541 Mentorship I, Screenwriting, 9 credits

 

Spring Semester:

 

CRWR 562 Residency II, 3 credits

Plus one of the following courses: 

     CRWR 502 Mentorship II, Creative Nonfiction, 9 credits 

     CRWR 512 Mentorship II, Poetry, 9 credits 

     CRWR 532 Mentorship II, Fiction, 9 credits

     CRWR 542 Mentorship II, Screenwriting, 9 credits

 

SECOND YEAR

 

Fall semester:

 

CRWR 661 Residency III, 3 credits

 Plus one of the following courses:

     CRWR 601 Mentorship III, Creative Nonfiction, 9 credits

     CRWR 611 Mentorship III, Poetry, 9 credits

     CRWR 631 Mentorship III, Fiction, 9 credits

     CRWR 641 Mentorship III, Screenwriting, 9 credits

 

Spring Semester:

 

CRWR 662 Residency IV, 3 credits

Plus one of the following courses:

     CRWR 602 MFA Thesis, Creative Nonfiction, 9 credits 

     CRWR 612 MFA Thesis, Poetry, 9 credits 

     CRWR 632 MFA Thesis, Fiction, 9 credits 

     CRWR 642 MFA Thesis, Screenwriting, 9 credits

 

Graduation Residency:

 

CRWR 663 Graduation Residency, no credits

 

Graduation Requirements:

 

  1. 48 credit hours, completed with at least three different faculty mentors. 
  2. A 20-25 page craft essay with MLA documentation.
  3. One of the following: a double-spaced creative nonfiction manuscript of at least 80 pages, a single-spaced poetry manuscript of at least 48 pages, a double-spaced fiction manuscript of at least 80 pages, or a feature screenplay of at least 90 pages in industry-standard formatting.  
  4. A bibliography in MLA format listing all books – at least 32 – read during the program.
  5. At least 32 brief craft essays.
  6. A 15-20 minute public reading, followed by a successful discussion/defense of the thesis.
  7. A successful lecture or craft talk given to faculty and other graduating students.
  8. A successful workshop or class team-taught for IAIA undergraduate students.