Curriculum

English 501: Summer Residency I

This gateway residency will be taught over 14 days. There will be three major components to the course:

  1. Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions
  2. Craft, Style and Publishing Seminars
  3. Evening/Weekend Readings and Discussions.

Students will attend ten two-hour-and-45-minute Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions and ten hour-and-a-half Craft, Style and Publishing Seminars. Students are encouraged to attend Evening/Weekend programs. In addition, students will meet individually with their mentors to define a writing/reading project for the non-residential course, English 631: Mentorship I. There will also be new student orientation sessions, academic advising sessions and computer support sessions.

English 631: Mentorship I

This course represents the first step in a program-long process of working toward the completion of a book of poems or nonfiction (culminating in the MFA Thesis). Via the internet, each student will work individually with his or her faculty mentor, and collectively with student peers, to develop the craft of drafting the body of a book. Students will also develop skills in judiciously applying constructive criticism to improve the quality of their writing and skills in articulating constructive criticism of both published and student work. While students will actively engage in the revision process, the emphasis of the course will be on the generation of new material.

English 632: Mentorship II

This course represents the second step in a program-long process of working toward the completion of a book of poems or nonfiction (culminating in the MFA Thesis). Via the internet, each student will continue to develop the craft of drafting new poems or pieces of nonfiction by working individually with a faculty mentor, and by working collectively with student peers. In addition, students will work toward the completion of a group of poems or pieces of nonfiction worthy of serving as the core of a book. While students will continually create new work, there will be an emphasis on the revision process and on the ability of students to articulate the nature and degree of aesthetic coherence in their own developing manuscript, as well as in existing works of literature.

English 502: Summer Residency II

This mid-program residency will be taught over 14 days. There will be three major components to the course:

  1. Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions
  2. Craft, Style and Publishing Seminars
  3. Evening/Weekend Readings and Discussions

Students will attend ten two-hour-and-45-minute Writers' Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions and ten hour-and-a-half Craft, Style, and Publishing Seminars. Students are encouraged to attend Evening/Weekend programs. In addition, students will meet individually with their mentors to define a writing/reading project for English 633: Mentorship III. There will also be academic advising sessions and computer support sessions.

English 633: Mentorship III

This course represents the third step in a program-long process of working toward the completion of a book of poems or nonfiction. Via the internet, students will continue to develop new writing by working individually with a faculty mentor and by working collectively with student peers. Students will also sharpen the ability to articulate traits, on the level of theme, form and/or style, that characterize the well-crafted books encountered in the assigned reading and that characterize their own developing manuscripts. While students will actively work toward the creation of new pieces of nonfiction or new poems, and will continue to revise individual works, there will be an emphasis on the ability to articulate key formal and thematic characteristics that contribute to the resonance and aesthetic integrity of a body of writing.

English 701: MFA Thesis

This course represents the fourth and culminating step in a program-long process of working toward the completion of a book of poems or essays. Via the internet, students will develop further the craft of shaping a book-length collection of poems or nonfiction by working individually with a faculty mentor and by working collectively with student peers. Though each student will actively work toward the creation of new poems or new pieces of nonfiction, and toward the revision of individual works, the primary emphasis of the course will be on developing the student's ability to shape a book-length collection of writing into an aesthetic construct that is at once informed by, and larger than, the sum of its parts.

English 503: Summer Residency III

This exit residency will emphasize post-thesis concerns. Each student will defend his or her thesis before a faculty committee, participate in a thesis reading and develop a deepening awareness of the publication industry through advisement from faculty, visiting writers, agents and editors. There will be individual meetings with editors and agents, in addition to the regular three components of the summer residency:

  1. Writers’ Workshop/Mentor Tutorial Sessions
  2. Craft, Style and Publishing Seminars
  3. Evening/Weekend Readings and Discussions

Events

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23
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30
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