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Master the Art of Creative Writing

Through intimate writing seminars and in-depth peer reviews, you will learn to think critically about your craft. Examining literary works, exploring genres, and establishing a close mentorship with faculty will all contribute to your development as a writer and help you to discover your unique style and voice. Monmouth’s M.F.A. program is a rigorous course of study built on the foundation of the M.A. in English and teaches students to apply their skills in literary analysis to their own projects, including course assignments, a Creative Thesis, and professionally.

Curriculum

EN 607: Seminar in Creative Writing: Non-Fiction (3 credits)
In a workshop setting, students will analyze readings in creative non-fiction to understand and become aware of the variant forms, techniques, and approaches used. As workshop participants, students will write and analyze their own creative non-fiction pieces. This course may be retaken for credit.

EN 609: Seminar in Creative Writing: Poetry (3 credits)
In a workshop setting, students will analyze readings in contemporary poetry to observe techniques in craft and present their own poetry for intensive examination by workshop participants. This course may be retaken for credit.

EN 611: Seminar in Creative Writing: Fiction (3 credits)
In a workshop setting, students will analyze readings in both American and world fiction to observe techniques in craft and present their own short stories for intensive examination by workshop participants. This course may be retaken for credit.

EN 615: Seminar in Creative Writing: Writer’s Craft (3 credits)
An in-depth study of the creative writing process. Students may develop a craft workbook that focuses on both traditional and contemporary literary forms and strategies. Students write by assignment and develop techniques of reviewing in order to compare and contrast major authors’ aesthetics with their own creative gestures. This course may be retaken for credit.

EN 650: Internship Seminar (3 credits)
Students will examine their internship experiences through discussion, journals, and other written works. Other professional participation exercises may include curriculum vitae workshops, preparing publication submissions, drafting grant applications, project proposals, query letters, interview techniques, and research into potential professional fields.

EN 652: Craft Intensive Seminar (3 credits)
Students will conduct intensive study in advanced creative writing craft techniques through close readings, lectures, discussion, written analysis, and the rigorous application of said techniques through weekly writing exercises. Seminar topics vary by professor.

EN 655A-B: Creative Thesis Seminar (6 credits)
Students will complete 100 pages or the equivalent of a book-length manuscript, consisting of previously written work that has been revised substantially along with new work. In addition, the student will craft a critical paper (12-15 pages) analyzing comparable texts that exemplify the literary tradition from which the thesis springs. The paper may discuss the influence of analyzed works on the thesis, but will focus on a discussion of the craft evident in the creative works discussed. For more information, click here.