Tuesday, August 16, 2016

LU MFA Class Schedule Fall Quarter 2016

MFA CLASS SCHEDULE--FALL QUARTER 2016
Click on each class title to view all class info

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

ON-CAMPUS CLUSTERS

On-Campus Journal Editing Cluster: Poetry
TUESDAYS in LUCC

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 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

Important Dates 16-17

IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES for LU MFA students:

MON 8/15/16: Fall Registration info email sent; all student must reply--see email for details

SUN 8/21: Student portals will be enabled for self-registration at noon CST. Read registration instructions links in the Registration info email for important info before enrolling. Per the Registration info email, Beth will enroll option 2 students starting at noon in the order of emails received. (You will receive an error message if you click the Registration button in the portal before noon CST on Sun. 8/21)

FRI 9/16: Open enrollment ends; any class changes after this date must be made by emailing Beth

MON 9/19: Fall Online classes may be previewed in Canvas; do not post in classes until 10/3

MON 9/26: On-Campus Advanced Scriptwriting Cluster begins

TUE 9/27: On-Campus Journal Editing: Poetry Cluster begins

MON 10/3: Fall Online classes begin

MON 11/7: Winter Registration info email sent to MFA students

MON 11/14: Winter Registration Portal opens for self-registration at 7am CST

FRI 11/18: Last day to drop Fall classes (email Beth to drop)

FRI 12/9: Tentative date for MFA Roundtable Reading & Reception (more info to be sent via Lionmail)

SAT 12/10: Commencement Ceremony 10am (available for students who will complete their degrees in September or December 2016)

FRI 12/16: Open enrollment ends for MFA students (any winter schedule changes after this date must be made by emailing Beth)

MON 12/19: Winter Online classes may be previewed in Canvas; do not post until 1/9

Week of 12/26: University is closed

FRI 12/30: Degree Application forms due in student portal for students who will complete their degrees in March 2017 or June 2017

TUE 1/3/17: On-Campus FF cluster begins for WIN QTR 17

MON 1/9: Online classes begin for WIN QTR 17

View the full 2016-2017 MFA Academic Calendar HERE

Thursday, June 30, 2016

New Submission Guidelines for The Lindenwood Review

Please note: Our updated guidelines are also posted on the TLR website HERE.


The Lindenwood Review accepts submissions of original, previously unpublished work from July 1 through November 1 via Submittable (no fee). Submissions of fiction, poetry, and personal essays are accepted each year, and a free contest in a specific genre is offered each year. For issue 7, we are offering a Lyric Essay Contest.

Submissions are welcome from both new and established writers. We look for fiction with believable characters and a vivid story; poetry with original, interesting use of language; well-crafted, honest essays; and mostly, work that moves us as readers and inspires us as writers.

Restrictions:

-Current students and faculty of Lindenwood University are not eligible to submit their work. (Alumni may submit.)

-The Board of Lindenwood University restricts some language and explicit content from university publications. When necessary, the editor will work with contributors on minor revisions to meet university requirements.

-Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print. 

-Submissions will not be considered for publication if they are sent via email or mail, if they are received before or after the submission period, or if they do not follow the posted guidelines.

Guidelines for Fiction, Poetry, and Personal Essays: 

-Work may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1 (no fee). 

-Writers may submit in multiple genres. 

-A maximum of one short story, one personal essay, and five poems may be submitted each year.

-Maximum submission length for each genre is 20 pages. 

-Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask to be notified immediately via Submittable if a piece is accepted elsewhere.

-Double-space fiction and essay; single-space poetry. Use a standard font size and style.

-Include your name and email address at the top of each submission document. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.

-Include a brief third-person bio with each submission. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.

-Work that is not accepted for publication will be noted as Declined on Submittable. No rejection emails will be sent, so please check Submittable for submission status. Acceptance notifications will be sent via email. All decisions will be made by February 1.

-Writers accepted for publication receive two contributor copies of The Lindenwood Review.

Guidelines & Descriptions/Examples for the Issue 7 Lyric Essay Contest

submit

Saturday, June 18, 2016

TLR7 Lyric Essay Contest -- No Entry Fee

NOTE: Descriptions and examples of lyric essays appear at the end of this post.

The Lindenwood Review is happy to offer a Lyric Essay Contest with no entry fee for issue 7. Submissions open July 1, 2016, and close November 1, 2016.

Guidelines for the Lyric Essay Contest:
  • No entry fee.
  • Winner receives $50, publication in issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review, and three contributor copies.
  • Honorable mentions receive publication in issue 7 of The Lindenwood Review and three contributor copies.
  • Lyric essays may be submitted via Submittable from July 1 through November 1. 
  • No more than three lyric essays may be submitted per writer. Create a separate submission for each essay.
  • Lyric essay submissions may include fragmented essays, braided essays, essays with poetic language usage, and other creative structures and styles for nonfiction work. See the end of this post for descriptions and examples of the lyric essay.
  • Simultaneous submissions are allowed, but we ask to be notified immediately via Submittable if a piece is accepted elsewhere.
  • Double-space and use a standard font size and style.
  • Maximum submission length for each essay is 20 pages.
  • Include your name and email address at the top of each submission document. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.
  • Include a brief third-person bio with your submission. List your name exactly as you would like it to appear in the book if accepted for publication.
  • Work that is not accepted for publication will be noted as Declined on Submittable. No rejection emails will be sent, so please check Submittable for submission status. Acceptance notifications will be sent via email. All decisions will be made by February 1.
  • Writers who submit work to the contest may also submit additional work for TLR issue 7 consideration (fiction, poetry, or personal essay). See submission guidelines HERE
Restrictions:
  • Current students and faculty of Lindenwood University are not eligible to submit their work. (Alumni may submit.)
  • The Board of Lindenwood University restricts some language and explicit content in university publications. When necessary, the editor will work with contributors on minor revisions to meet university requirements. 
  • Do not submit work that has been previously published elsewhere, whether online or in print.
  • Submissions will not be considered for publication if they are sent via email or mail, if they are received before or after the submission period, or if they do not follow the posted guidelines. 
Contact us with any questions at TheLindenwoodReview@lindenwood.edu.

Lyric Essay Descriptions and Examples
Lyric essay submissions may include fragmented essays, braided essays, essays with poetic language usage, and other creative structures and styles for nonfiction work.

Eve Jones on the Lyric Essay:
Just when you think that you, reader or writer, have a handle on what the lyric essay is, it slips away and turns into something else. Meet it for coffee when it's prose, but understand it's also having a drink with someone else across the street as poetry. Here is what you know for sure: it's honest, it's true, it's surprising, its hair is a little messy, it is at once lyrically gorgeous and precisely organized, and it prefers the scenic route through the body, the past, the self, the external world. Examples of challenging & excellent contemporary lyric essayists include Anne Carson, Michael Ondaatje, Sarah Manguso, and John D'Agata.

Here's Anne Carson: “I used to think when I was younger and writing that each idea had a certain shape and when I started to study Greek and I found the word morphe it was for me just the right word for that, unlike the word shape in English which falls a bit short morphe in Greek means the sort of plastic contours that an idea has inside your all your senses when you grasp it the first moment and it always seemed to me that a work should play out that same contour in its form. So I can’t start writing something down til I get a sense of that, that morphe. And then it unfolds, I wouldn’t say naturally, but it unfolds gropingly by keeping only to the contours of that form whatever it is.”

Wm Anthony Connolly on the Lyric Essay:
The lyric essay is at the forefront of innovative writing melding the best of poetry with the best of essay composition. If a stand alone essay is said to be the autobiography of a thought and poetry the sound of experience then a lyric essay is a symphony of your brain. It looks like prose, but reads like music; it's composed like painting, but dries much quicker and you don't have to wear a smock. A lyric essay is connotative rather than denotative; it raises more questions than it answers; it's associative rather definitive; and it's beautifully fragmentary. It free-falls with juxtaposition and folly. A close cousin to the prose poem, the lyric essay is a short work of prose designed to illustrate not only what the writer is thinking, but perhaps more importantly how the writer thought what they were thinking. A lyric essay reveals how you view the world.

Examples of The Lyric Essay:
submit


On-Campus or Fully Online/No Residency Requirement

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Registration FAQs

FAQs for MFA Registration

1. How do I know when registration starts each quarter?
You will receive a registration info email from Beth each quarter. All students should reply to this email as soon as possible after receiving it, before registration begins the following week. The quarterly registration email contains links to the Class Schedule, Registration Instructions, Course Descriptions, Textbooks, the First Assignment, and other important info, as well as MFA Program Updates and reminders (including upcoming Degree Application deadlines). Be sure to read this email and all linked information thoroughly each quarter. You can check the dates for the quarterly email and the start of registration on the MFA Academic Calendar.

Note: The Fall registration portal will open at NOON CST on Sunday, August 21.

2. Why did I receive an error message that said my advisor is preventing my registration?
If you click on Registration in the portal before the registration period begins, you will receive that error message. If registration has begun, then this error message almost always occurs because you are in the wrong term in the portal. When you click on Registration, you must already be in the correct term in order to enroll. Be sure to choose the upcoming term (SU for Summer, FA for Fall, WIN for Winter, or SP for Spring), and be sure to choose QTR. If you are in SEM (for semester students), or if you are in the current term instead of the upcoming term, you will receive that error message. If you are in the correct term and still receive that error, log out of the portal and then log back in, choosing the correct term, which will refresh the page to ensure that the portal is enabled for registration.

Another reason you would receive that message is if you did not reply to the registration info email and request that your portal be enabled for self-registration. It is a university requirement that students request this in writing every term because there must be advisor contact for registration. When you receive this email each quarter, read over all information thoroughly, then click Reply and request that your portal be enabled for registration.

Note: When registration opens for Fall on Sun. August 21 at noon CST, you will choose FA QTR 16 to register for fall (after replying to the registration email and requesting that your portal be enabled). Remember that when you want to view your final grades and complete your course evaluation for the current summer term, you will need to choose SU QTR 16.

3. Why does the portal kick me out when I click the button to process registration?
This will happen if you have not disabled your pop-up blocker. Some students have had issues using Chrome for registration, so if you have problems, try changing your browser to Firefox or Explorer.

4. How do I make sure I can enroll in a class I really want?
Some classes fill very quickly as soon as registration opens. Your best chance for enrolling in a preferred class is to reply right away to the registration email and request that your portal be enabled, and then to register yourself as soon as registration opens. (Note that we are trying out an earlier registration start time for fall: Sun. Aug 21 at noon CST.)

Students who prefer to have Beth register them in classes must realize that Beth has to enroll students in the order of emails received, starting when the portal is enabled for registration. All newly accepted students must also be registered by Beth, so even if you respond to the registration email a day or two after receiving it and list your class choices, you will be far down on the list of students Beth must register, and classes may be full before it is your turn to be enrolled. If you ask Beth to register you, be sure to include the number of classes total you want to take, your preferred choices for classes, and a list of back-up classes in order of preference, so that Beth can enroll you immediately in a back-up choice if a preferred class is full.

5. Can I be put on a Wait List for a class that is full?
Now that students can enroll themselves in classes, it is not possible for Beth to maintain wait lists during the open enrollment period. You can check the portal throughout open enrollment to see if a spot opens up in a class, and if one does, you can enroll yourself (and you can drop yourself from classes during open enrollment). After open enrollment ends, any schedule changes must be made by emailing Beth. If there is a class you really want, your best chance of enrolling in it is register yourself as soon as the portal opens for registration.

Note: For Fall Quarter 2016 registration, open enrollment ends on September 16. All schedule changes after that date must be made by emailing Beth.

6. Does it matter which section of a class I enroll in? Why might my section number be changed after open enrollment ends?
When registering yourself for classes, you may enroll in any section of a class (one, two, or three sections may be offered for each class). It is best to balance enrollment across all sections of a class, so if section OL1 has 9 students and section OL2 has 2 students, it would be best to enroll yourself in section OL2.

After open enrollment ends, your section number may need to be changed to balance enrollment across sections. At least 5 students must be enrolled in a section for it to be held. Beth will always email you before changing your section, and if you need to stay in your current section for some reason (to stay in the same class as a friend, for example), you can reply to Beth’s email and request that you not be moved from your current section. If a class ends up with fewer than 5 students and no other student changes can be made, Beth will notify students that the class must be cancelled, and alternate class choices will be given.

7. Can I repeat a class for credit?
An exact course number cannot be repeated for credit. For example, if you previously took IMF 55602, you cannot take IMF 55602 again, but it is fine for you to take IMF 55603. You should check your transcript in your student portal to view the course numbers you’ve taken previously, to ensure that you do not enroll in the same course number twice. Be sure to check course numbers and not class titles. You may take several different classes within the same standard class title; as long as the course number is not exactly the same, you will receive credit for all of them (for example, if you take IMF 52301 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Flash Nonfiction, it is fine for you to also take IMF 52303 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Focused Flash Nonfiction). If you have the exact same course number repeated on your transcript (taken before Summer quarter 2016), contact Beth to fill out exemption paperwork. There are no exceptions to this rule as of Summer quarter 2016.

8. How do I qualify for a grant?
The MFA Program offers two grants:
Teacher Grant: Currently employed teachers of elementary school, middle school, or high school may apply for the teacher grant ($60 off per credit hour) by filling out the grant form that is attached to each quarterly registration email and returning it to Beth by the due date given. You must include your email address from the school where you teach, and you must fill out a new form and email it to Beth every quarter.

60+ Grant: Students age 60 and over qualify for this 50% tuition grant. Verify with Admissions that this grant is being applied in your first quarter of enrollment, and then the grant will be applied in all future quarters. Grants will appear in your Ledger in the student portal as Pending Financial Aid.


Other Questions: Beth Mead is the Advisor for all MFA in Writing students. Email her with any questions.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Workshop Etiquette

MFA WORKSHOP ETIQUETTE
A respectful, thorough critique of a peer’s work is the cornerstone of an MFA program. Solitary work has its place in the writerly life, but the vast majority of us who write want others to see it and be moved, be changed.

Three important things are accomplished through workshop:

1.    You receive a variety of feedback about your work, which you will learn to filter as useful toward your intention for the piece or not.

2.    You sharpen your skills as a reader and enter the discourse of literature.

3.    You find yourself within a community of writers, an invaluable thing that extends past graduation from your MFA program.

Your critique and close reading of workshop pieces should be a response to the writing itself, the piece of work in front of you—not a response to the writer, not a proclamation of your personal taste or beliefs as related to this piece, and not simply a pat on the back. Give useful, respectful comments, in a way in which you would like to receive them yourself, about your own work.