Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Class Schedule Spring Quarter 2017

Spring Quarter 2017 (April through June)
Click on each class title for course description, class type, start date, etc.

On-Campus Cluster:
Prose Cluster (Fiction & Creative Nonfiction) - Andrew Pryor - Tuesdays - LUCC Conference Room

Online Classes: 

IMF 52706 Sel Emph P: Asian Poetry - Anothai Kaewkaen
IMF 55300 Poetry Craft Foundations - Ryan Smith
IMF 52705 Sel Emph P: Plath & the Tarot Part 2 - Julia Bramer

IMF 58200 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction - Lisa Haag
IMF 55603 Prose Collection (Essay): David Foster Wallace - Kelli Allen
IMF 52304 Foc Nonfiction: Creative Nonfiction Writing Workshop - Kali VanBaale
IMF 54106 Spec Top: Focused Narrative Journalism - Anthony D'Souza

IMF 52206 Focused Fiction Workshop: Kurt Vonnegut - Zachary Vickers
IMF 51601 F Genres: Flash Fiction - Scott Berzon
IMF 53702 Sel Emph F: Magical Realism Literature & Workshop - Eve Jones
IMF 51602 F Genres: Fiction Craft & Workshop - David Hollingsworth
IMF 53705 Sel Emph F: The Long Story & Novella - J. Ted Morrissey
IMF 54405 Genre F: Young Adult Fiction Writing Workshop - Nicole McInnes
IMF 56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction - Christopher Candice
IMF 57400 Literary Novel Workshop - Wm Anthony Connolly

IMF 51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA - Patricia Feeney
IMF 54101 Spec Top: Manuscript Preparation & Publication - Catherine Rankovic

THESIS Enrollment Instructions & Guidelines

Textbook info for SP QTR 17 is available HERE.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Important Dates SP QTR 17

2/13/17: SP17 Registration info email sent; registration responses can be posted in the MFA Students Canvas group as of 11am Central Time (please respond before 2/20 if possible)
2/19/17: Emphasis response due in Canvas group—confirm, declare, or decline this option (or note that you are currently undecided and ask any questions you have—also see FAQs in the assignment)
2/20/17: SP17 Registration opens at 7am Central Time; wait list requests may be submitted when classes are full (for use after open enrollment ends)
3/3/17: SP17 Teacher Grant requests due (for those who are eligible)

3/27/17: SP17 online classes can be previewed in Canvas (do not post until 4/10)
4/2/17: Open enrollment ends for SP17; any schedule changes after this date must be made by emailing Beth
4/3/17: SP17 On-Campus cluster begins at 6pm; Wait List students will be contacted for any new open seats from this date through 4/9
4/10/17: SP17 Online classes begin; first assignment due by 11:59pm
5/15/17: Summer Registration Info Email will be sent to Lionmail by 11am Central Time
5/22/17: Summer Registration begins at 7am Central Time
5/25/17 at 3pm: Deadline to drop SP17 classes; requests must be emailed to Beth by 3pm on 5/25 in order for paperwork to be procesed by the withdrawal deadline of 5/26.
6/23/17: Spring Quarter ends; complete course evaluations in the student portal
6/26/17: Final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time
6/29/17: Final grades can be viewed in the student portal

Saturday, January 28, 2017

2017-2018 Academic Calendar

5/15/17: Summer Registration Info Email will be sent to Lionmail by 11am Central Time
5/22/17: Summer Registration begins at 7am Central Time

On-campus clusters begin week of 7/3
Online classes begin M 7/10
Holidays T 7/4 & M 9/4
Quarter ends F 9/22
Grades viewable in portal by TH 9/28

On-campus clusters begin week of 9/25
Online classes begin M 10/2
Holidays W 11/22 & TH 11/23 & F 11/24
Quarter ends F 12/15
Grades viewable in portal by TH 12/21

Campus closed: F 12/22 & M 12/25 & T 12/26 & 12/29

On-campus clusters begin week of T 1/2 (campus closed M 1/1)
Online classes begin M 1/8
Holidays 1/1 & 1/15
Quarter ends F 3/23
Grades viewable in portal by TH 3/29

Campus closed: F 3/30

On-campus clusters begin week of M 4/2
Online classes begin M 4/9
Holiday M 5/28
Quarter ends F 6/22
Grades viewable in portal by TH 6/28

Monday, October 24, 2016

Class Schedule WIN QTR 17

Click on each class title to view course description, start date, etc.

On-Campus Cluster:
Flash Fiction Cluster--Ryan Smith--Tuesdays in LUCC Conference Room

Online Classes:
Fundamentals/Teacher Prep:
FULL--IMF51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA--Beth Mead

FULL--IMF58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature--Chris Candice
IMF53706 Revisionist Fictions: Works Inspired by Earlier Literature--J. Ted Morrissey
IMF55600 The Prose Collection: Alice Munro--Mary Anderson
IMF53703 Literature of War & Apocalypse--Scott Berzon
FULL--IMF53704 Modern Myths & Tricksters in Short Fiction--Kelli Allen 
IMF53200 Adv Focused Fiction Workshop--Tony D'Souza
IMF53900 Adv Studies in Contemporary Fiction--Wm Anthony Connolly
IMF51602 Fiction Craft & Workshop--David Hollingsworth
IMF54303 Focused Young Adult Literature--Nicole McInnes
IMF52200 Focused Fiction Workshop--Kali VanBaale

IMF58300 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry--Ryan Smith
IMF54100 Spec Topics Workshop: Poetry Writing--Eve Jones
IMF52902 Adv St Craft of Poetry: Writing the Love Poem: A Themed Formal Verse Workshop--Anothai Kaewkaen
IMF52704 Sylvia Plath & the Tarot, Part 1--Julia Gordon-Bramer

Creative Nonfiction:
FULL--IMF55200 Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations--Lisa Haag
IMF54600 The Personal Essay--Andrew Pryor

IMF52400 Focused Scriptwriting Workshop--Zachary Vickers

IMF58999 Graduate Thesis--Beth Mead (in MFA Students group in Canvas, post faculty preference for midterm reader in the Thesis Registration thread)

First Assignment for Online Classes

Textbook Info

Faculty Bios

NOTE: At least 6 credit hours must be taken to be eligible for financial aid.

Pre-Registration Process WIN QTR 17

The Pre-Registration Process will take place in Canvas beginning on November 7 at 7am CST. You will no longer reply by email regarding your initial registration preferences.

Steps to take BEFORE November 7:
-Log into Canvas
-If you see an invitation to join the MFA Students group, click that link to enter the group.
-If you do not see an invitation, click on Courses, then on All Courses, and scroll through your class list to find MFA Students.
-Add MFA Students to your Dashboard (click on All Courses, then click the star to the left of MFA Students). Then click on MFA Students to enter the group.
-Click on Modules to view Announcements and MFA information. Feel free to take part in any discussions.
NOTE: The Winter class schedule and registration info will be viewable in Canvas by November 7. The Winter Registration Info email will be sent via Lionmail on November 7.

Steps to take ON or after November 7 at 7am CST:
-After receiving the Winter Registration info email via Lionmail, log into Canvas and click on the MFA Students group.
-Click on Modules to view the Registration module.
-Post in one of the two threads below, depending on whether you want to self-register or not:
-Click on the Self-Registration/Enable Portal discussion thread in the Registration module if you want to register yourself for winter classes when registration opens. Type your name in this thread, and then Beth will enable your portal for self-registration on Monday, November 14, at 7am CST, so that you can register yourself beginning that day and time.
-Click on the Request Beth to Register/Class Choices & Back-Ups discussion thread in the Registration module if you want Beth to register you for winter classes when registration opens. Beth will then register students in the order of posts in this thread starting at 7am CST on Monday, November 14.
-All students will be able to make any schedule changes (drop/add classes) from November 14 through December 4. MFA open enrollment will end on Monday, December 5, so all schedule changes on or after December 5 must be made by emailing Beth.
-Note: Do NOT send registration preferences by email before December 5. Canvas must be used during open enrollment through December 4. Only changes requested after open enrollment (December 5 and later) may be made via email.
-WAIT LISTS: If you hope to take a class that you think may fill quickly, you can post your name in the Wait List thread for that class beginning at 7am CST on Monday, November 14. After MFA open enrollment ends, any drops must be requested via email, so Beth will contact the first person on the Wait List for the open spot. After 24 hours, if the first person has not responded to the email, Beth will offer the spot to the second person on the Wait List for that class.
-Post any questions about the new pre-registration process and Wait List process in the Questions for Beth thread in the MFA Students group in Canvas.

WIN QTR 17 Registration begins Monday, November 14, at 7am CST. Students who have posted in the Self-Registration/Enable Portal thread will be able to enroll themselves in the portal following the registration instructions beginning that day and time. Students who have posted in the Request Beth to Register/Class Choices & Back-Ups thread will be registered beginning that day and time in the order of posts in that thread. Be sure to include back-up choices in case classes are full by the time of your enrollment.

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LU MFA Class Schedule Fall Quarter 2016

Click on each class title to view all class info

David Hollingsworth: IMF 54600 The Personal Essay
Thai Kaewkaen: IMF 51700 Poetry Genres


On-Campus Journal Editing Cluster: Poetry

On-Campus Advanced Scriptwriting Cluster
MONDAYS in Scheidegger

See more detailed info HERE.

Sunday, August 14, 2016

New Emphasis Option for the LU MFA in Writing Degree

Lindenwood University's MFA in Writing degree now offers an option for students to declare an emphasis in one of the following genres: fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction. Depending on your personal preferences, you may prefer to pursue the general MFA in Writing degree (with coursework in any genre allowed), or you may prefer to pursue an emphasis. An emphasis requires at least 27 credit hours in your emphasis genre, including at least one required class from the emphasis class list, and a final Thesis focused on the emphasis genre.

Students starting the MFA program in Summer 2016 or later may declare an emphasis by filling out the Major Change form and emailing it to Beth Mead, the program director.

Students who began the MFA program before Summer 2016 will need to fill out additional paperwork and will need to contact Beth as soon as possible to determine eligibility and requirements for declaring an emphasis.

On-campus students may declare an emphasis if they meet the 27 credit hours in their emphasis area, but they would also be required to take one online Foundational class from the emphasis list in the chosen genre, along with their on-campus coursework.

The emphasis information is listed below and appears in the 2016-2017 catalog

The MFA in Writing is a 48-credit-hour degree program. The Graduate Thesis, in which students produce a creative thesis of 70-100 pages in the student's genre(s) of choice, is required for the final three credit hours of the program. Students select the remainder of their coursework (nine credit clusters and/or three credit online classes) from the MFA in Writing curriculum. There are no prerequisite classes; the classes may be taken in any order and from any genre.

Students have the option to declare an Emphasis in one of three areas: Fiction, Poetry, or Creative Nonfiction. An Emphasis requires a minimum of 27 credit hours of coursework in the emphasis area, including at least one class from the list below for the chosen genre. Students work with an advisor to ensure proper emphasis coursework is completed.

Students pursuing an emphasis must select at least one class from the list below for the chosen emphasis genre:

Fiction Emphasis
IMF 55100       Fiction Craft Foundations      
IMF 56100       Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction
IMF 58100       Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction

Poetry Emphasis
IMF 55300       Poetry Craft Foundations      
IMF 56300       Classic Foundational Literature: Poetry
IMF 58300       Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry

Creative Nonfiction Emphasis
IMF 55200       Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations
IMF 56200       Classic Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction    
IMF 58200       Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction