The MFA curriculum investigates storytelling forms and technique, stresses individual development, and explores the relationship between excellent writing and compassionate living. Candidates spend their first semester together reading and writing across genres. Concentrated training in Fiction or Creative Non-Fiction begins in the second semester.
The two-year, 36-credit CNR MFA consists of the following courses:
Electives in literature are designed to emphasize the program's philosophical belief that self and other are mutually constituted. Seminars stress themes of social integration (of classes, races, religions, lifestyles) and exploration of the shared work of author and audience.
- Literature and Disability
- The Heroine
- Unforgettable Characters
- Religious Themes in Contemporary American Short Fiction
CNR MFA's final classroom experience asks writers to seek opportunities to serve local communities through their skills as artists and educators. Youth and senior programs, workshops, reading series, and literacy assistance are examples of encouraged capstone projects.
Students will apply their skills as artists and educators to the writing service projects devised over the previous three semesters. While principally a practicum, this Capstone includes full-group sessions for discussion of relevant texts, progress reports, and final presentations to which the college community will be invited.