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Literature MFA Course Descriptions SP22

Pre-authorization is required for students not enrolled in the Literature Department's MFA Program in Creative Writing. Please submit any pre-authorization request through the Enrollment Authorization System.

Instructor: Camille Forbes

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Narrative Works-In-Progress
Instructor: Anna Joy Springer

Participants in this workshop will submit developed current literary projects for both deep analysis and editorial feedback by the whole group as well as small group settings. Writing submissions may be genre-specific or mixed-genre or inter-media, but editorial and craft discussions will center on narrative – both contemporary realist narrative conventions and experimental approaches to anti- or extra-conventional narrative literary works.

To pass the course, members will be required to make short professional conference style presentations on specific elements of pre-determined classmates’ drafts and to prepare written comments on ALL submitted drafts. Course participants MUST have ready access to printer and/or photocopier, as drafts for print format will be submitted on paper, weekly, in class.

Additionally, participants will receive special training in terms and concepts related to narration, voice and composed sequencing or “arc,” along with technical terms useful in discussing writing that does not present as "narrative." Recommended readings on narrative theory, literary analysis, and techniques of craft will be assigned, as seems fit and in relation to drafts submitted during the quarter.

Workshop drafts may include up to 30pps, double-spaced (or the equivalent of pps/spacing) of ONE SEQUENTIAL work-in-progress per writer, per workshop. Drafts may be 1 page, and they may be presented in an off-the-page format, but the language part of each piece must also be presented on paper for annotation. If presenting a group of shorter works, each piece of writing should belong in a group that can be discussed as a whole work and should be presented in a form and sequence that will allow for the most thorough analysis of the whole (potentially nascent) work.

Each writer will have the opportunity to have their work discussed 2-4 times over the course of the quarter, depending on number of enrolled participants. This would be a very good course for those drafting and revising thesis manuscripts and for those with unfinished longer projects.