Stonecoast MFA in Creative Writing

Stonecoast Course Descriptions

Each student must complete four workshop residencies and four semester projects along with a fifth graduation residency.

CRW 501 Residency Course I
An advanced workshop that focuses on the development of the student's writing through the use of faculty-guided workshops and topical seminars, round tables, panels, and readings, and discussion of major traditional and contemporary work in the genre. Workshop tracks include poetry, fiction, nonfiction, or popular fiction. Students are expected to submit an "in-progress" manuscript in advance of the residency. The manuscript(s) submitted will be analyzed during the faculty-guided workshops. Cr 6.

CRW 510 Poetry Semester Project I
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the first residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will then respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 501. Cr 9.

CRW 520 Fiction Semester Project I
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the first residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will then respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 501. Cr 9.

CRW 530 Creative Nonfiction Semester Project I
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the first residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 501. Cr 9.

CRW 540 Popular Fiction Semester Project I
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the first residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 501. Cr 9.

CRW 502 Residency Course II
This course is considered to be the completion of the first year's residency requirements. See description of Workshop Residency I. Prerequisites: CRW 501 and completion of Semester Project I in student's chosen genre. Cr 6.

CRW 512 Poetry Semester Project II
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the second residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 502. Cr 9.

CRW 522 Fiction Semester Project II
This course immediately follows the second residency. The course focus is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 502. Cr 9.

CRW 532 Creative Nonfiction Semester Project II
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the second residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 502. Cr 9.

CRW 542 Popular Fiction Semester Project II
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the second residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. As part of the study plan, students will be expected to exchange five packets of manuscripts with the faculty mentor. The packets will vary depending on the study track, but should include both creative work and critical annotations of readings. The faculty mentor will respond with constructive critiques for revision as well as additional reading suggestions and relevant observations on craft and theory. Prerequisite: CRW 502. Cr 9.

CRW 601 Residency Course III
This course is considered to be the first half of the second year's program. See description of Workshop Residency I. Prerequisite: CRW 502 and completion of Semester Project II in the student's chosen genre. Cr 6.

CRW 610 Poetry Semester Project III
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the third residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student undertakes a special project under the guidance of the mentor in one of five concentrations: craft, literary theory, interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, publishing, or literacy/community services. Prerequisite: CRW 601. Cr 9.

CRW 620 Fiction Semester Project III
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the third residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student undertakes a special project under the guidance of the mentor in one of five concentrations: craft, literary theory, interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, publishing, or literacy/community services. Prerequisite: CRW 601. Cr 9.

CRW 630 Creative Nonfiction Semester Project III
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the third residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student undertakes a special project under the guidance of the mentor in one of five concentrations: craft, literary theory, interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, publishing, or literacy/community services. Prerequisite: CRW 601. Cr 9.

CRW 640 Popular Fiction Semester Project III
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the third residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student undertakes a special project under the guidance of the mentor in one of five concentrations: craft, literary theory, interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, publishing, or literacy/community services. Prerequisite: CRW 601. Cr 9.

CRW 602 Residency Course IV
This course is considered to be the second half of the second year's program. See description of Workshop Residency I. Prerequisite: CRW 601 and completion of Semester Project III in the student's chosen genre. Cr 6.

CRW 612 Poetry Semester Project IV
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the fourth residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student completes a book-length creative thesis, and prepares for the student reading and for the teaching of a seminar or panel presentation during the fifth and final graduation residency. Prerequisite: CRW 602. Cr 9.

CRW 622 Fiction Semester Project IV
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the fourth residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student completes a book-length creative thesis, and prepares for the student reading and for the teaching of a seminar or panel presentation during the fifth and final graduation residency. Prerequisite: CRW 602. Cr 9.

CRW 632 Creative Nonfiction Semester Project IV
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the fourth residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student completes a book-length creative thesis, and prepares for the student reading and for the teaching of a seminar or panel presentation during the fifth and final graduation residency. Prerequisite: CRW 602. Cr 9.

CRW 642 Popular Fiction Semester Project IV
The focus of this course, which immediately follows the fourth residency, is on the completion of a negotiated study plan developed between the student and the faculty member. Each student completes a book-length creative thesis, and prepares for the student reading and for the teaching of a seminar or panel presentation during the fifth and final graduation residency. Prerequisite: CRW 602. Cr 9.

CRW 603 Graduation Residency
This residency is the culmination of the M.F.A. in creative writing degree program. Prior to the residency, a student must have submitted a creative thesis deemed by a faculty committee to be of publishable quality. At the residency, the student must lead a presentation or participate in a panel on an issue of craft, theory, publishing, teaching/pedagogy, interdisciplinary artistic collaboration, or literacy/community services. The student must also give a public reading from the creative thesis. Prerequisite: completion of Semester Project IV in the student's chosen genre. Cr 0