Tuesday, February 21, 2012

LU MFA Quarterly Update ~ Winter 2012

Spring registration begins Mon. Feb. 27. Beth’s appointment schedule is available here: http://lumfa.blogspot.com/2011/11/spring-2012-registration-appointment.html. The classes being offered this spring (along with textbook info) are listed here: http://lumfa.blogspot.com/2011/12/spring-2012-mfa-class-schedule.html. Fully-online students should send Beth an email beginning Feb. 27 to register for online classes. If alumni are interested in taking or auditing an online class, please send Beth an email.

The LU MFA Program’s Annual MFA Reading will be held on Friday, June 15, at 7pm. If you are a soon-to-be graduate of the program (graduating by June 2012), or if you are a recent alum who has not yet read at this event, please email Beth as soon as possible if you would like to take part in the reading. Graduating students are not required to read, but it is a wonderful culmination of your work in the program, as well as an opportunity for family, friends, and your peers to hear your work. All MFA students and alumni are encouraged to attend the reading to support the readers and the program. Issue 2 of The Lindenwood Review will be available for purchase at the reduced rate of $5.00 per copy at this event. Cookies and refreshments will be provided.

Our MFA program and The Lindenwood Review will be represented at a book fair table at the AWP Conference in Chicago at the end of this month. If you’ll be attending the conference, please stop by our table to say hi. (Unfortunately, the conference is now sold out, and on-site registrations will not be allowed this year. The book fair will be open to the public on Saturday, March 3.)

* Dacia Wilkinson’s novel A Kiss in the Rain is coming soon from Mockingbird Lane Press: http://www.mockingbirdlanepress.com/#!our-books
* Christopher Scribner has two poems appearing in LIGHT: A Quarterly of Light Verse.
* Congratulations to Doug Wallace for creating the online short story journal Short Story Nation, and congratulations to Stacey Remley for her story acceptance with that journal. Doug reports that stories of 300 words or less can be submitted at http://www.shortstorynation.com/.
* Alan Zacher has stories published in Dead Head Grin Magazine, Kalkion, and Writing Raw.
* Lindsay Brand has had a story accepted for publication by The Monarch Review.
* Lisa Kang has had work recently appear in Larger than They Appear, Hayden’s Ferry, Oracle, and Spillway.
* Janna Vought has had two stories accepted for publication by IdeaGems Publishing.
* Congratulations to Tom Horan on his Pushcart nomination for his essay "Eat the Cake" in Carolina Quarterly.
* Congratulations to John Cunningham on his Pushcart nomination for his story in Storm Country.
* Congratulations to Sarah Jones on her nomination for the 2012 Micro Award by Iron Horse Literary Review.
* Congratulations to Rebecca Macbeth, Chris Duggan, and Michelle Sanford on their Intro Journals Project nominations.
* Congratulations to Cindy DuBois for receiving the Mayor’s Award for Achievement.
* Congratulations to Tom Horan, Grady Manus, Anna Hamilton, Aileen Kies, and Rosha Chandler-Gordon on successful completion of their MFA theses.

A list of current publication opportunities/calls for submission: http://liteventspubopps.blogspot.com/2012/02/winter-2012-publishing-opportunities.html

A list of upcoming events: http://liteventspubopps.blogspot.com/2012/02/winter-2012-literary-events.html.

Hope to see you on June 15 at the MFA Reading!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The LU MFA in Writing Program

Writing Workshops Craft Classes Literature Classes

Visit our new Prospective Student Info page HERE.

Our Program
The MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University focuses on the practice and study of creative writing. We offer personalized instruction in small workshop sessions featuring a wide range of genres—fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scriptwriting, and journalism—with the option to emphasize in a chosen genre (fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction). Classes may be taken as in-class 9-credit clusters (one night per week, 6-10pm), through online coursework (individual 3-credit online classes), or through a combination of both in-class and online coursework. (For identification purposes, online students who are unable to meet in person with Admissions or the Director prior to initial enrollment must either submit a notarized copy of their driver’s license or GRE scores.) The MFA in Writing degree is a 48-credit hour program, with the final three hours dedicated to a thesis in the writer’s chosen genre.

Prospective Students
Admission to the MFA in Writing Program is contingent upon approval of a submitted Writing Sample (7-10 pages of creative writing—fiction, poetry, and/or literary creative nonfiction) and a Statement of Purpose (briefly describe why you would like to pursue the MFA degree and the role writing has played in your life). Skill with language, an understanding of the craft of literary writing, and a willingness to continue learning and growing as a writer are ideal qualities for a prospective student. The Writing Sample and Statement of Purpose must be emailed to the Program Director, Beth Mead, at bmead@lindenwood.edu. Letters of recommendation are not required for the MFA in Writing Program. After receiving the Director’s acceptance into the MFA Program, complete the application for admission to the university at https://egapply.lindenwood.edu/eapplication/login.asp.

Submission Deadlines: To begin coursework in Summer Quarter (July-Sept.), a Writing Sample and Statement of Purpose must be emailed to the Program Director by May 15; to begin in Fall Quarter (Oct.-Dec.), by August 15; for Winter Quarter (Jan.-March), by November 15; for Spring Quarter (April-June), by February 15.

The Lindenwood Review
The Literary Journal of Lindenwood University
Students in the MFA in Writing Program have the option each winter quarter to enroll in a journal editing cluster. Students in this course play a significant role in the production of Lindenwood University's literary journal, The Lindenwood Review. (Current Lindenwood students are not eligible to submit their work to the journal.) The class will read and discuss all journal submissions, assist in choosing pieces for publication, and contribute to other aspects of journal production, such as copyediting, proofreading, content ordering, and cover selection. For information about the journal, including submission guidelines, and to read excerpts from our current issue, visit http://www.lindenwood.edu/lindenwoodReview/.

More Information
For more detailed information about the MFA in Writing Program at Lindenwood University, contact the Program Director, Beth Mead, at bmead@lindenwood.edu.

Online Program Information: http://www.lindenwood.edu/online/mfa-writing.html  

In-Class Clusters: http://lumfa.blogspot.com/2011/11/new-lu-mfa-cluster-offerings.html