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Students may obtain a Master of Fine Arts degree in Creative Writing or a Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a Creative Writing option. The program offers writing workshops, literary studies, and form and theory courses in poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction.
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Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing
The graduate program at the Inland Northwest Center for Writers offers full curricula in fiction, literary nonfiction and poetry.
See the Inland Norwest Center for Writers websiteThe Master of Fine Arts Program is an intensive, two-year, pre-professional course of study with an emphasis on the practice of literature as a fine art. The program includes coursework in the study of literature from the vantage point of its composition and history, but the student's principal work is done in advanced workshops and in the writing of a book-length thesis of publishable quality in fiction, literary nonfiction or poetry. The MFA is a terminal degree program.
See the English Department for further info.
Creative Writing graduate students also participate in Writers in the Community, a program in which they visit area schools, correctional facilities, shelters and other community organizations as volunteer creative writing teachers. This program makes creative writing accessible to the public, provides EWU students with teaching experience and promotes community awareness.Graduate students may be awarded teaching assistantships that provide opportunities to teach freshman composition or introductory creative writing courses. Assistantships carry a stipend and a tuition waiver. Please note: Only incoming first year students may apply for teaching assistantships. Returning students are eligible for merit scholarships and graduate assistantships.
What will I study?
The three literary form and theory courses in each student's major areaof study
CRWR 583 Fiction I-The Novel (5)
CRWR 584 Fiction II-The Short Form (5)
CRWR 585 Fiction III-Selected Topics in Craft (5)
CRWR 586 Literary Nonfiction I-Acient Roots Through the 19th Century (5)
CRWR 587 Literary Nonfiction II-20th Century and Beyond (5)
CRWR 588 Literary Nonfiction III-Selected Topics (5)
CRWR 589 Poetry I-Background and Theory (5)
CRWR 590 Poetry II-The Moderns and Modernism (5)
CRWR 592 Poetry III-Contemporary World Poetry and Poetics (5)
One literature course from outside the major area (5)
CRWR 600 Thesis (10-15)
Further electives in creative writing, literature and/or a secondary emphasis in one of the following areas (17 credits)
1. Literary editing
2. Literary studies
3. Studies in a modern language
4. Studies in another art form: music, dance, etc.
5. Teaching composition
6. Teaching English as a second language
7. Technical and professional writing
Variations are possible following consultation with student's program advisor.
Emphases / Concentrations:
- develop advanced understanding of the publishing process;
- develop familiarity with advanced formal and technical aspects of foundational literary works from the tradition and selected contemporary works in that genre. This knowledge will be evident both in students' critical responses and in students' own creative works;
- demonstrate advanced ability to exercise self-criticism and to offer insightful, supportive and productive criticism to others. Part of this can be construed as students' development of editorial capacities, but part of it must be the development of a capacity to foster their own and others' continued artistic development through critical reading.