Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spring 2016 Class Schedule

UNDER CONSTRUCTION--Do not send class choices until receiving the 2/15 email

Spring 2016 Class Schedule 

ON-CAMPUS:
On-Campus students may choose one of the following two clusters:
Fiction Cluster on Tuesdays with David Hollingsworth*
or
Prose Poetry Cluster on Wednesdays with Kelli Allen 

ONLINE:
Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction / Wm Anthony Connolly
The Fiction of War & Apocalypse / Scott Berzon
Fiction Writing Workshop / Tony D'Souza
The Prose Collection: T.C. Boyle / Charlene Engleking
Flash Nonfiction** / Catherine Rankovic
The Personal Essay / David Hollingsworth
Prose Poems / Eve Jones
Focused Poetry Workshop / Kelli Allen
Sylvia Plath & the Tarot Part 2*** / Julia Gordon-Bramer
Focused Scriptwriting Workshop / Zachary Vickers
Graduate Thesisfinal quarter only; see info in Course Descriptions

NOTES & LINKS:
*On-Campus students may take the Fiction cluster even if they have taken an on-campus fiction cluster previously.
**All students may enroll in Flash Nonfiction with Rankovic, including students who previously took Flash Nonfiction with Anderson
***It is not required to have taken Part 1 of Plath/Tarot; all students may enroll in Part 2
- Some MFA classes and clusters can be taken more than once for credit. Contact Beth with any questions about repeating specific classes or clusters.
- Online students may enroll in one, two, or three classes per quarter. At least two classes are required to be eligible for financial aid/student loans. To request a course overload (four classes), email Beth.
Spring Registration Instructions are posted HERE
- Course Descriptions for Spring MFA classes are posted HERE 
- Textbook information for spring quarter is posted HERE
- First Assignments/Start Dates for On-Campus Clusters are posted HERE
- First Assignments/Start Dates/Bb login info for Online classes are posted HERE
- The Spring Quarter MFA-specific academic calendar is posted HERE
- The 2016-2017 academic calendar for all programs in the School of Accelerated Degree Programs will be posted HERE
- See the email sent on 2/15 for the Teacher Grant form and other important program info.
- Degree application forms must be submitted through the portal by March 30 for students who will complete their degree in September (end of summer quarter). Students who will complete their degree in December must submit their degree app form through the portal no later than May 30. 

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Pushcart Nominations for TLR5

We are very happy to announce our Pushcart Prize nominations from issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review:

POETRY

Robert Lee Kendrick

Solvent Can
Robert Lee Kendrick

Michael Boccardo

Sanctuary
Michelle Askin


FICTION

Jennifer Robinette


ESSAY

Betty Jo Buro




Sunday, November 8, 2015

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Important Dates and Info--MFA Fall 15 and Winter 16

IMPORTANT DATES AND INFO—Fall and Winter Quarters

Fall Quarter 2015

Tues. Sept. 29: On-Campus cluster begins at 6pm in the LUCC Conference Room; first assignment due--see all cluster info at the link below:

Sun. Oct. 4: Online class shells are ready for student view in Blackboard—class info posts are linked on the post at the link below:

Mon. Oct. 5: Online classes begin; First Assignment attendance post due by 11:59pm CST.

See more important Fall Quarter dates at the MFA Academic Calendar post at the link below:

MFA Registration for Winter Quarter 2016
READ THE FULL INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE NEW REGISTRATION PROCESS AT THE LINK BELOW:

Nov. 9: Winter Schedule and New Registration Instructions emailed to Lionmail accounts.

(NOTE: Newly accepted students who do not yet have a Lionmail account will receive this email at their personal email address for their first quarter.)

Nov. 9-15: Students email Beth to request portal to be enabled for self-registration; include tentative class choices (this does NOT guarantee enrollment in these classes; advisor contact is a university policy for self-registration).

(NOTE: Newly accepted students who have never enrolled in our MFA classes will need to send class choices and back-up choices to Beth this week, and Beth will handle initial registration for their first quarter; their portal will then be enabled for any schedule changes they wish to make.)

Nov. 16: Registration begins: Students may enroll themselves beginning at 7am CST (if they have emailed Beth to enable portal—be sure to choose term WIN QTR 16).

(NOTE: Some classes will fill very quickly, so students are encouraged to register themselves as early as possible. Each class section must have at least 5 students enrolled in order to be offered. The cap for each class is 14.)

Nov. 17-Dec. 18: Registration continues: Students may drop or add classes during this time without notifying Beth.
(NOTE: If a class is full, it is not available for registration. There are no wait lists with the new registration process, so if students hope to enroll in a full class, they must check the portal during this time to see if a spot opens up, and then must enroll themselves immediately before that spot is filled by another student.)

Tues. Jan. 5: On-Campus Cluster begins; first assignment due.

Sun. Jan. 10: Online class shells are ready for student view in Blackboard.

Mon. Jan. 11: Online classes begin; First Assignment attendance post due by 11:59pm CST.

See more important Winter Quarter dates at the MFA Academic Calendar post at the link below:

Thursday, August 27, 2015

LU MFA Academic Calendar 2015-2016

SUMMER QUARTER 2015 (remainder of current quarter)
AUG 28: Last day to withdraw with a Withdraw/Pass grade (does not affect GPA; email Beth to drop classes)
SEPT 7: Labor Day holiday
SEPT 26: Quarter ends
SEPT 28: Grades posted in Student Portal by 5pm; complete Course Evaluations

FALL QUARTER 2015
AUG 17: Registration begins
SEPT 29: On-Campus Cluster begins in LUCC Conference Room; first assignment due
OCT 4: Online students may view fall classes on Blackboard
OCT 5: Online classes begin; first assignment post due for attendance by 11:59pm CST
OCT 6: Author Amy Stewart, LU Speaker Series, 7pm in Spellmann A-B (on-campus cluster will attend as a class; instructor will provide details)
NOV 20: Last day to withdraw with a Withdraw/Pass grade (does not affect GPA; email Beth to drop classes)
NOV 26-27: Thanksgiving holiday
DEC 6: Commencement Ceremony 2pm
DEC 19: Quarter ends
DEC 21: Grades posted in Student Portal by 5pm; complete Course Evaluations
DEC 30: Deadline to apply for March or June graduation (complete app form in Portal)

WINTER QUARTER 2016
*NEW processes go into effect for Registration, Email Correspondence, Teacher Grant Forms, and Publication Notifications--click HERE for details*
NOV 9: Class Schedule email sent to Lionmail accounts
NOV 16: Enrollment opens at 7am CST; follow new Registration Process
JAN 4: On-campus cluster begins this week (weekday TBA); first assignment due
JAN 10: Online students may view winter classes on Blackboard
JAN 11: Online classes begin; first assignment post due for attendance by 11:59pm CST
FEB 26: Last day to withdraw with a Withdraw/Pass grade (does not affect GPA; email Beth to drop classes)
MARCH 26: Quarter ends
MARCH 28: Grades posted in Student Portal by 5pm; complete Course Evaluations
MARCH 30: Deadline to apply for September or December graduation (complete app form in Portal; December apps can be received through May 30, but the March deadline is preferred if possible)

SPRING QUARTER 2016
FEB 15: Class Schedule email sent to Lionmail accounts
FEB 22: Enrollment opens at 7am CST
MARCH 11: Open Enrollment closes 11:59pm CST
MARCH 30: Deadline to apply for September graduation (complete app form in Portal)
APRIL 4: On-campus clusters begin this week
APRIL 10: Online students may view spring classes on Blackboard
APRIL 11: Online classes begin; first assignment post due for attendance by 11:59pm CST
MAY 13: Commencement Ceremony 7pm*** -- details HERE
MAY 27: Last day to withdraw with a Withdraw/Pass grade (does not affect GPA; email Beth to drop classes)
MAY 30: Memorial Day holiday
MAY 30: Final deadline to apply for December graduation (complete app form in Portal)
JUNE 25: Quarter ends
JUNE 27: Grades posted in Student Portal by 5pm; complete Course Evaluations
***Please Note: The graduation ceremony was previously listed incorrectly here and on the Quarter/ADP Academic Calendar on the LU website. LU has now corrected the date on their website to align with the Semester Academic Calendar, and the correct date of May 13 now appears above. We apologize for any inconvenience this error caused.

Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Fall 2015 Class Schedule

Click class titles for instructor course descriptions and textbook info. 

ON-CAMPUS CLUSTER (9 credit hours):
The Prose Cluster: Fiction & Creative Nonfiction
Andrew Pryor
Tuesdays starting September 29
LUCC Conference Room

ONLINE CLASSES (3 credit hours each):
All online classes begin October 5.
Read the full First Assignment for Online Classes post for instructions on the first required post and Blackboard login instructions.

Adv Studies in Craft of Poetry--Catherine Rankovic
The Rockstar Poets & Writers--Julia Gordon-Bramer
FULL Ekphrastic Poetry--Eve Jones
FULL Fiction Craft & Workshop--David Hollingsworth
Literary Novel Draft Workshop--Wm Anthony Connolly
FULL Flash Fiction--Kelli Allen
Flash Nonfiction--Mary Anderson
Narrative Journalism--Tony D'Souza
FULL Magical Realism Literature & Workshop--Eve Jones
Genre Fiction as Literature: The Graphic Novel--Zachary Vickers
The Literary Journal: Production & Publication (for TLR issue 6)--Beth Mead
     NOTE: It is recommended that all MFA students take at least one section of The Literary Journal during their time in the program, as it is a valuable opportunity for writers to experience the other side of the submissions process. Students may take up to three sections total of The Literary Journal.

GRADUATE THESIS:
If Fall Quarter is your final quarter in the program, you must include in your registration email that you wish to be enrolled in the thesis for fall. If you would like to request a specific midterm reader, include your request in your registration email. Read the full thesis guidelines HERE


INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY: 
Deadline: Writing sample must be received by Beth no later than Wednesday morning (8/19).
Please check your email for an internship opportunity (creative nonfiction blogging for The Art of Women Foundation) for 6 credit hours for fall quarter. Interested students should email Beth with a brief creative nonfiction writing sample to apply for this internship. Up to four students will be accepted for this exciting opportunity for our writers. This internship is open to all LU MFA students, whether on-campus or fully online (out-of-state) students.


NOTE to MFA students: Beth will email you by the end of this week (8/14) with class details and registration information. Then you will email her your class choices. Beth will register students (in the order of emails received) by the end of next week (8/21).



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

2015 MFA Reading

Congratulations to our readers on their outstanding work!

Jordan Hosmer, Chris Scribner, Teressa Rose Ezell, Stacy Gorse,
Adrienne Draper, Jacqueline McGarry, WD County, Jason Rubin, Sam Imperiale