Saturday, May 13, 2017

Important Upcoming Dates for MFA Students

5/15/17: Summer Registration Info Email sent to Lionmail 
5/22/17: Summer Registration begins at 7am Central Time; individual program overview emails will be sent via Lionmail to all students by this date
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 processed by the withdrawal deadline of 5/26.

5/29/17: Memorial Day--university holiday

5/30/17: Degree applications due in student portal for students who will complete their degree in December (at the end of fall quarter)
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; most Summer online classes will be available in Canvas for student review purposes

6/29/17: Final grades can be viewed in the student portal

7/3/17: Open enrollment ends for self-registration; any summer schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

7/4/17: Independence Day--university holiday

7/6/17: New faculty member and additional MFA advisor Gillian Parrish joins our program; updated advising information will be sent to all MFA students via Lionmail in July

7/8/17: Make any withdrawal/drop/add class requests by this date if possible (email Beth) so that the change can be automatically made by Beth online; paperwork must be completed after this date, which will cause a delay in processing

7/10/17: Summer Online classes begin; first assignment due by 11:59pm

7/11/17: Summer On-Campus cluster begins (a week later than usual due to 7/4 holiday)

8/7/17: Fall registration info email sent to Lionmail

8/14/17: Fall registration opens at 7am Central Time

8/24/17: Last day to drop summer classes (email Beth by 3pm to drop before deadline)

9/4/17: Labor Day--university holiday

9/18/17: Most Fall online classes will be available in Canvas for student review purposes

9/22/17: Summer quarter ends; complete course evaluations in student portal

9/25/17: Summer final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; open enrollment ends for self-registration--any fall schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

9/27/17: Fall On-Campus Cluster begins

9/28/17: Summer final grades can be viewed in the student portal

10/2/17: Fall Online Classes begin

11/6/17: Winter registration info email sent to Lionmail

11/13/17: Winter registration opens at 7am Central Time

11/16/17: Last day to drop fall classes (email Beth by 3pm to drop before deadline)

11/23 & 11/24/17: University holidays for Thanksgiving

12/15/17: Fall quarter ends; complete course evaluations in student portal

12/18/17: Fall final grades should be viewable in each class’s Canvas gradebook by 5pm Central Time; most winter online classes will be available in Canvas for student review

12/21/17: Fall final grades can be viewed in the student portal

12/22/17 - 1/1/18: University closed for Christmas & New Year holidays

12/30/17: Degree applications due for students who will complete their degrees in March or June (end of winter or spring quarters)

Week of 1/1/18: Winter on-campus cluster begins (day TBA)

1/2/18: Open enrollment ends for self-registration--any winter schedule changes as of this date must be made by emailing Beth

1/8/18: Winter online classes begin

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Gillian Parrish, LU MFA Assistant Professor & Advisor

We are very happy to welcome Gillian Parrish to our Lindenwood University MFA faculty. Beginning in July, Gillian will join us as an Assistant Professor of Writing and an MFA advisor. She will assist the MFA Program Director and will work to enhance the on-campus program experience for our MFA students. 

Gillian Parrish comes to Lindenwood from Washington University, where she earned her MFA as a Writing Program Fellow, and went on to serve as a creative-writing instructor, student advisor, and member of the Teaching Center. Her poems and essays have appeared in various journals, including Faculty Focus, EarthLines, American Letters & Commentary, Gulf Coast, and Volt. She has enjoyed teaching creative writing in various settings in the St. Louis community and curating a journal that features new work by poets and conversations with artists from around the world.

UPCOMING EVENTS:

Life-Forms: The Poetics of Memoir
Gillian will offer this on-campus cluster for LU MFA students this fall quarter. Developed with creative-nonfiction and fiction writers in mind, this cluster will include a range of poetic works—some in prose by fiction and nonfiction writers, some in free-verse poem lines—all selected to expand our range of formal possibilities and hone our eyes and ears as writers. Come ready for lively conversations on our readings, which will inspire our own writing as we try out new frames, new shapes and ways of bringing our lives to the page. Our creative work will unfold in an encouraging learning community that will include virtual visits with some of our books’ authors who will offer insights into the creative processes behind their finished work.

Look Before You Leap: Cultivating a Writer’s Mind of Attention & Connection

Gillian will offer this workshop for LU MFA students, alumni, and the writing community at the Old Post Office campus in St. Louis later this fall (date TBA). This event will allow for instant workshopping and feedback on participants' work. More details will be announced this summer. 



Friday, April 21, 2017

SU17 MFA Class Schedule

SUMMER QUARTER 2017
Enrollment begins May 22
Summer Quarter begins July 10

ON-CAMPUS CLUSTER:
Fiction Cluster - David Hollingsworth
First Assignment for first class meeting on July 11
+ Journal Editing Session for issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review with Beth Mead (for the 13th class meeting, students will read, discuss, and vote on selected stories submitted to TLR; all fiction cluster students will be listed as editorial assistants in issue 8)

ONLINE CLASSES: 
IMF 51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA - Patricia Feeney
IMF 51604 Writers' Lives - Wm Anthony Connolly *new course offering*
IMF 52207 Novel Chapter Workshop - Kali VanBaale *new course offering*
IMF 54406 Science Fiction Literature & Workshop - Nicole McInnes *new course number*
IMF 54107 Writing Flash Fiction - Zachary Vickers *new course number*
IMF 53707 African American Literature - Tony D'Souza *new course offering*
IMF 51603 Focused Literature Study: Ulysses - Ted Morrissey *new course offering*
IMF 58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction - Christopher Candice
IMF 51702 The Sonnet - Anothai Kaewkaen *new course number*
IMF 52100 Focused Poetry Workshop - Andrew Pryor
IMF 51700 Poetry Genres - Kelli Allen
IMF 54700 The Lyric Essay - Eve Jones
IMF 54600 The Personal Essay - David Hollingsworth
IMF 55200 Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations - Lisa Haag

First Assignment for Online classes -- online classes begin July 10
First Assignment for On-Campus Fiction Cluster -- first class meeting on July 11

Textbook info for SU QTR 17

Thursday, April 20, 2017

2017 SRC Award Winners

Congratulations to our MFA students who won first and second place in the 2017 Student Research Conference at Lindenwood University! Excellent work was done by all of our MFA students who participated in this event. SRC 2017 photos are available on the Lindenwood University Facebook page.

1st Place: McKenzie A. Frey
"Wishing it Was Any Other Day but Today, With You"

2nd Place: Dane Gasparovic
"Route to Isolation"



Thursday, February 23, 2017

Projected Class Schedule 2017-2018

SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Summer Quarter 2017
On-Campus Cluster: Hollingsworth - Fiction - Tuesdays (plus journal editing 13th class) - LUCC room TBA
Online Classes:
Allen - Poetry Genres
Candice - Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction
Connolly - Writers' Lives
D'Souza - African American Literature
Feeney - Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA
Haag - Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations
Hollingsworth - The Personal Essay
Jones - The Lyric Essay
Kaewkaen - The Sonnet
McInnes - Science Fiction Literature & Workshop
Morrissey - Focused Literature Study: Ulysses
Pryor - Focused Poetry Workshop
Smith - Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry
VanBaale - Novel Chapter Workshop
Vickers - Flash Fiction

Fall Quarter 2017
On-Campus ClusterCreative Writing for the MFA: Life-Forms: The Poetics of Memoir - Gillian Parrish - Wednesdays in LUCC room TBA
(if you wish to attend on-campus this fall but cannot attend on Wednesdays, please email Beth to indicate what nights you are available)
Online Classes:
Allen - Prose Poetry
Candice - Fiction Craft Foundations
Connolly - Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction
D'Souza - Fiction Writing Workshop
Feeney - Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA
Haag - Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction
Haag - The Prose Collection: David Sedaris
Hollingsworth - Fiction Craft & Workshop
Jones - Breaking the Fourth Wall
Kaewkaen - Traditional Forms in Poetry
McInnes - Publishing Creative Writing
Morrissey - Classic Sci-Fi/Horror by Women Writers
Pryor - The Personal Essay
Smith - Classic Foundational Poetry
VanBaale - Focused Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Vickers - The Graphic Novel as Memoir
VOLUNTEER OPTION: Any students who are interested in serving as editorial assistants on issue 8 of The Lindenwood Review can sign up to volunteer for this option during the fall registration period to read, discuss, and vote on submissions through our MFA Students group in Canvas (see the fall registration info email for details)

Winter Quarter 2018
On-Campus Cluster: TBA
Online Classes:
Allen - Sci-Fi Literature & Workshop: Neil Gaiman
Anderson - The Prose Collection: Raymond Carver
Berzon - Literature of War & the Apocalypse
Bramer - Rockstar Fiction Writers
Candice - Classic Foundational Literature
Connolly - Spiritual Writing
D'Souza - Longform Narrative Journalism
Feeney - Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA
Haag - Classic Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction
Hollingsworth - Personal Essay Craft & Workshop
Jones - Ekphrastic Poetry
Kaewkaen - Formal Verse: The Love Poem
McInnes - Young Adult Literature
Morrissey - Revisionist Fictions
Pryor - Focused Poetry Worskhop
Smith - Poetry Craft Foundations
VanBaale - Focused Fiction Workshop
Vickers - Focused Fiction Workshop: George Saunders

Spring Quarter 2018
On-Campus Cluster: TBA - Gillian Parrish
Online Classes:
Allen - Sci-Fi Literature & Workshop: Neil Gaiman
Berzon - Flash Fiction
Bramer - Rockstar Poets & Writers
Candice - Contemporary Foundational Literature: Fiction
Connolly - Lyric & Personal Essays
D'Souza - The Literary Novel: Contemporary Fiction
Feeney - Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA
Haag - Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations
Hollingsworth - Fiction Craft & Workshop
Jones - Poetry Writing Workshop
Kaewkaen - Asian Poetry
McInnes - Young Adult Fiction Workshop
Morrissey - The Long Story & Novella
Pryor - The Personal Essay
Smith - Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry
VanBaale - Focused Creative Nonfiction Workshop
Vickers - Structure in the Graphic Novel

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 Room 109

Online Classes: 

POETRY:
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

CREATIVE NONFICTION:
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

FICTION:
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

OTHER FOCUS AREAS:
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

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
4/4/17: 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