Graduate Degree Programs

MFA Curriculum

Required Courses

EN 500 Writing Portfolio (each semester of enrollment)
This course serves as the central mentoring experience for MFA students, in which the student develops a body of work from classes and in preparation for the Master Project. An individual advisor guides the writer in the process of honing the craft and developing the writing portfolio.  Through guided revision, students will emerge from the program with a portfolio of work reflecting their strengths as writers.  Students will also benefit from responses from other students in the program through periodic workshop meetings that will build a community of writers.
1-2 credits each semester
4 total credits required

EN 541 The Creative Process
An examination of the creative process including the stages, elements, and the products. Students learn ways to explore levels of creative unconsciousness and how and why the creative process works. Topics include: inspiration, authenticity, vision, voice, “performicity.”  Students will develop a critical understanding of their own deepest level of imaginative experience. Also in this course, they will begin to consider an original and artistic approach that will culminate in a directed writing (Master) project in EN 692.
4 credits

Genre Studies

EN 543, 643 Seminar in Poetry I and II
Advanced seminar course(s) aimed at intensive study in exploring and developing students’ interests in poetic form and technique. Through a workshop approach that emphasizes process, students will share impressions and analyses as they study approaches and read and write different poetic forms. These courses seek to foster an appreciation for poetry as a genre and provide an occasion for crafting original work. 4 credits each

EN 544. 644 Seminar in Fiction I and II
Advanced seminar course(s) aimed at intensive study in exploring and developing students’ interests in the form and techniques of creative fiction. Through a workshop approach that emphasizes process, students will share impressions and analyses as they study approaches and read and write different fictional forms. These courses seek to foster an appreciation for fiction as a genre and provide an occasion for crafting original work. 4 credits each

EN 545, 645 Seminar in Nonfiction I and II
Advanced seminar course(s) aimed at intensive study in exploring and developing students’ interests in the form and techniques of non-fiction. Through a workshop approach that emphasizes process, students will share impressions and analyses as they study approaches and read and write different literary forms. These courses seek to foster an appreciation for non-fiction as a genre and provide an occasion for crafting original work.  4 credits each      

EN 547 Research for Writers: The Literary Marketplace
Students will engage in an analysis of the contemporary writer’s market, from major publishers, to independent presses, to the Internet. By researching trends and developing an understanding of how their writing fits into market categories and compares with similar works, students will develop an understanding of how to frame writing projects for agents and publishers. This course may include visits from guest publishers and authors. 4 credits

EN 549 Publicity and Promotion for Writers
This is a course that centers on the methodology of publicity and promotion and commonly used tools and techniques that can be employed by writers to attract readers. A strong focus is placed on web-based techniques, effective websites, blogging and podcasting. Students gain an understanding of how to promote their writing projects to agents and publishers, and how to utilize different print and electronic media for effective exposure as writers.    
4 credits

EN 692 Master Project
The Master Project is the culminating product of the MFA in Writing. Students will begin in the fall of the first year, and continue throughout the program, to create, revisit, develop, and refine a body of substantial work in their chosen genre.  Drawing on extensive background reading of relevant literary works, each student will prepare a manuscript that meets program standards for professional work in one of the following forms: a book-length manuscript of collected poems; a book-length collection of short stories; a completed novel; a book-length manuscript of nonfiction (autobiography, memoir, a sequence of personal essays).  Master Projects will be housed in the Albertus Magnus College Library upon completion and final approval.8 credits required


Curriculum

Credits

  1. Process and Product
 

EN 500 Writing Portfolio (1-2 cr.)

 

(Required each semester of enrollment)
A minimum of 4 total credits required

4

EN 541 The Creative Process  

4

  1. Genre Studies 

 

A minimum of 8 credits in one genre, plus 4 credits in a second


 

EN 543 Seminar in Poetry I (4 cr.) 

EN 643 Seminar in Poetry II (4 cr.) 

EN 544 Seminar in Fiction I (4 cr.) 

EN 644 Seminar in Fiction II (4 cr.) 

EN 545 Seminar in Nonfiction I (4 cr.) 

12

  1. Professional Development

EN 547 Research for Writers:

 

The Literary Marketplace (4 cr.)

4

EN 549 Publicity and Promotion for Writers (4 cr.)

4

EN 692 Master Project (4-8 cr.)

 

8 credits required 

8

 

Total 36