Thursday, August 14, 2014

Congratulations to Catherine Rankovic

Congratulations to LU MFA faculty member Catherine Rankovic for her multiple awards in the St. Louis Writers Guild’s 2014 Deane Wagner Poetry Contest. Her poem Deckle-Edged won Third Place, her poem The New Country won First Honorable Mention, and her poem To Another Young Artist won Third Honorable Mention. 


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Fall Quarter 2014 Registration & Class Info

Current LU MFA students: To register for Fall classes, email your class choices to the Program Director, Beth Mead, at bmead@lindenwood.edu. Confirmation will be emailed upon enrollment on August 25.

The full Fall class schedule is available here

The full Fall textbook list is available here.

The info for each cluster/class, including the instructor's course description, class type, textbook list, first assignment, and start date, is available at the appropriate link below:

IN-CLASS CLUSTERS:
Prose Cluster--Tuesday--Andrew Pryor
Scriptwriting--Monday--Peter Carlos

ONLINE CLASSES:
Literary Journal Editing--Beth Mead (students may enroll in one or two sections of journal editing)


Friday, August 1, 2014

New Publications by LU MFA Faculty Members

New poems by Eve Jones at Vinyl Poetry

New flash fiction piece by Kelli Allen at Fjords Review

Upcoming story by Mark George, "The Marrowbone Sessions," in The Southeast Review

Upcoming book by Julia Gordon-Bramer, "Fixed Stars Govern a Life: Decoding Sylvia Plath," from Stephen F. Austin University Press

Upcoming poems by Catherine Rankovic in December magazine and River Styx

Upcoming poetry collection by Michael Castro, "How Things Stack Up," from Singing Bone Press


Sunday, July 20, 2014

MFA Reading & TLR4 Book Launch

Thank you to Kelli Allen for her lovely job hosting our July 2014 reading and book launch, and congratulations to our wonderful readers: Patricia Feeney, Tom O'Keefe, Lisa Haag Kang, Ryan Trimble, Shirley Smith, Nick Bateman, and Karen Burton.


Monday, July 14, 2014

Fall Quarter 2014 Class Schedule

NOTE: Detailed info for each class (course descriptions and types, textbooks, first assignment info) is available HERE. Fall registration begins August 25. Fall quarter runs October 6 through December 20. New coursework options in genre fiction and the novel will be offered beginning with Winter Quarter 2015. Contact Beth with any questions. 

F14 In-Class Clusters:

Prose Cluster (Fiction & Creative Nonfiction)
Andrew Pryor
Tuesdays

Scriptwriting Cluster
Peter Carlos
Mondays


F14 Online Classes: 

IMF523 Focused Nonfiction Workshop: Flash Nonfiction -- Mary Anderson

IMF525 Poetry Writing Workshop -- Kelli Allen

IMF529 Adv Studies Craft of Poetry -- Catherine Rankovic

IMF537 Selected Emphases in Fiction: Magical Realism -- Eve Jones

IMF539 Adv Studies Contemporary Fiction -- Wm. Anthony Connolly

IMF566 Narrative Journalism -- Tony D'Souza

IMF557 The Literary Journal -- Beth Mead
[four separate sections: Fiction, Essay, Poetry, and Flash Fiction; students may take up to two sections in one quarter; students will serve as editorial assistants for issue 5 of The Lindenwood Review]

Friday, June 20, 2014

New Online Coursework in Genre Fiction and the Novel

The following new courses have been approved to offer in the upcoming academic year:

Genre Fiction as Literature
Genre Fiction Workshop
The Literary Novel
Literary Novel Workshop

IMF 54300 Genre Fiction as Literature (3) This literature course focuses on the study and analysis of genre fiction. Emphases studied may include Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Romance, Mystery, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Study will include novels by authors using literary writing techniques and working in modes ranging from realistic to abstract. Introduces aesthetic and strategic concepts with a focus on narrative, theme, character, and style.

IMF 54400 Genre Fiction Workshop (3) This craft and workshop course focuses on creation and discussion of original genre fiction with a focus on thematic purpose and the creative process. Workshop pieces may include Children’s Literature, Young Adult Literature, Romance, Mystery, and Science Fiction/Fantasy. Students simultaneously increase their proficiency as fiction writers and deepen their critical responses to the work of peers.

IMF 57300 The Literary Novel (3) This literature course explores the machinery of the literary novel, including narrative arc, theme, character, style, and point of view. Critical discussion and study will include focus on the way each component is employed in long fiction. Students will analyze works from both a literary analysis perspective and a writer’s perspective.

IMF 57400 Literary Novel Workshop (3) This craft and workshop course focuses on creation and discussion of original long fiction with a focus on thematic purpose and the creative process. Students simultaneously increase their proficiency as fiction writers and deepen their critical responses to the work of peers. Workshop sessions will focus on individual novel chapters, as students work toward completing and polishing a full literary novel.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

LU MFA Reading & TLR4 Book Launch July 17

The MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University will host a literary reading and book launch on Thursday, July 17, at 7pm, in the auditorium of the LU Cultural Center. LU MFA alumni and contributors to issue 4 of The Lindenwood Review will read their work. Light refreshments will be served, and copies of TLR4 will be available for $5.00. This event is open to the public, so bring your family and friends to help us celebrate our talented alumni and our outstanding fourth issue of TLR.

Host: Kelli Allen

Readers:
Patricia Feeney (TLR4 contributor and LU MFA alum)
Tom O’Keefe (TLR4 contributor; you can hear one of Tom’s movie review podcasts here or read one of his movie reviews here)
Lisa Kang (LU MFA alum)
Ryan Trimble (LU MFA alum)
Shirley Smith (LU MFA alum)
Nick Bateman (LU MFA alum)
Karen Burton (LU MFA alum)