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Nonfiction Writing Concentration

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In addition to completing the requirements for all MFA students, students pursuing this concentration complete the requirements below.

Two to four courses (6 to 12 credits) in literature

Students should choose courses in consultation with an advisor. ENGH 798 may not be used to fulfill this requirement.

One Concentration (12 to 15 credits)

▲Concentration in Nonfiction Writing (NFW)

Students in this concentration complete 15 credits.

One required course (3 credits)

Students should enroll the first semester it is offered after they enter the program.

ENGH 506 - Research for Narrative Writing Credits: 3

One course (3 credits) in the form

ENGH 565 - Forms of Nonfiction Credits: 3

Writing workshops (9 credits)

ENGH 616 - Nonfiction Writing Workshop Credits: 1-6

ENGH 752 - Advanced Workshop in Nonfiction Writing Credits: 1-6

Elective courses (up to 15 credits)

Electives should be chosen in consultation with the writing program faculty. The number of electives will vary according to the number of literature courses and workshops that students take.

Craft Seminars (6 to 12 credits)

This course can be repeated for credit.

ENGH 608 - Craft Seminars Credits: 3

Workshop (1 credit)

ENGH 699 - Workshop in English Credits: 1-3

Exam or Project

Exam

Students in poetry must pass a written MFA exam based on the authors they have chosen. The authors are selected in collaboration with the writing faculty any time after completing 12 credits of course work and before completing 32 credits. The exam must be completed at least one semester before the student registers for the final 3 credits of thesis.

Students in fiction and nonfiction writing must pass an MFA exam or complete an MFA project. Students who elect to take the MFA exam select, after the completion of 18 credits and with the approval of their faculty advisors, a list of authors and an area of emphasis (for example, the European novel).

Project

Students in fiction and nonfiction writing must pass an MFA exam or complete an MFA project. Students who elect to complete an MFA project (such as editing an anthology) must carry out the project under the direction of a faculty member and may register for ENGH 798 to fulfill this requirement. The project must be completed at least one semester before the student registers for the final 3 credits of thesis.

ENGH 798 - Directed Reading and Research Credits: 1-6

Thesis (6 credits)

ENGH 798 may not be used as thesis preparation. Students who want to register for thesis credits in the summer need the permission of the thesis committee.

Students should be aware of the university policies governing theses. They must follow the thesis enrollment policy and once enrolled in ENGH 799, maintain continuous enrollment. These policies are specified in the Academic Policies section of the catalog.

ENGH 799 - Thesis Credits: 1-6

Total: 48 credits

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