MFA in Creative Non-fiction Required Courses
The limited-residency format of the program, with its curriculum of reading, writing, and mentoring, allows students to complete the program in two years. The 49-credit degree requirement consists of these components:
● Participation in a minimum of two on-campus residencies (CNF 608, a 3-credit course). Residencies include workshops, lectures, presentations, panel discussions, and other elements students use to continue their work off-campus during the online semester.
● Four semesters of critical and artistic work completed off-campus. Over four semesters, these projects include studying one-on-one with a faculty mentor, writing a critical paper on an element of craft, taking one elective course, and building the final manuscript.
CNF 601. Mentorship I (4 credits)
CNF 620. Workshop I: Creative Writing (4 credits)
Developing and proposing the manuscript topic, with a focus on theme. In this and each semester, students write 15,000 words of new creative work.
CNF 602. Mentorship II (4 credits)
CNF 623. Workshop II: Manuscript: Beginning (4 credits)
Continuing to write the manuscript with particular attention to structure and craft.
CNF 603. Mentorship III (4 credits)
CNF 626. Workshop III: Manuscript: Work in Progress (4 credits)
Completing the first draft of the manuscript for editing and polishing in the final semester.
CNF 604. Mentorship IV (4 credits)
CNF 630. Workshop IV: Final Manuscript (6 credits)
Revising, editing, and submitting a final manuscript of about 50,000 words.
Fifth Semester Option
Students may take a fifth semester as part of their course of study or elect to pursue the additional term after successfully completing four full semesters. To exercise this option, students submit a proposal to the program director, explaining their reasons and strategy for extending their studies beyond four semesters. They may also return after graduating to start a new project or focus more deeply on an existing one.
CNF 605. Workshop 5: Advanced Study in Craft (4 credits)
Students work with a faculty member along with other students in a workshop to begin a new project or explore a new avenue of an existing manuscript.
CNF 631. Mentorship 5: Advanced Projects (4 credits)
In this elective, students work with a faculty member on the beginning of a new project or investigation of a new idea on an existing manuscript, or more in-depth attention.