Monday, April 29, 2013

Textbooks for Summer Quarter 2013

*Questions about textbooks--contact Beth*


Poetry Genres--Eve Jones:
(1) Poetry: An Introduction, Michael Meyer, Bedford/St. Martin's, 6th Edition, ISBN 9780312539191
(2) A Book of Luminous Things, Czeslaw Milosz, Mariner Books, 1998, ISBN 9780156005746

Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction--Anthony Connolly:
The Truth About Fiction, Steven Schoen, Prentice Hall, 2000, ISBN 0130257710

Creative Nonfiction Workshop--Catherine Rankovic:
Creative Nonfiction: A guide to form, content and style, with readings, Eileen Pollack, Wadsworth-Cengage, 2010, ISBN 9781428231054

Prose Collection: Alice Munro--Mary Anderson:
Dear Life: Stories, Alice Munro, ISBN 9780307596888

Narrative Journalism--Tony D'Souza:
No Textbook Required


Poetry Cluster--Kelli Allen: 
(1) The Art of Recklessness: Poetry as Assertive Force and Contradiction [Paperback]

(2) The Art of Syntax

(3) Next Word, Better Word

Fiction Cluster--Mark George:
(1) Creating Short Fiction: The Classic Guide, Damon Knight, St. Martin's Griffin, Revised Edition 1997, ISBN 9780312150945

(2) Wonderboys, Michael Chabon, Random House Trade Paperbacks, Reprint Edition 2008, ISBN 9780812979213

(3) The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction: 50 North American Stories Since 1970, Michael Martone and Lex Williford, Touchstone, 2nd Edition, 2007, ISBN 9781416532279

Monday, April 22, 2013

Summer 2013 Registration

Students who wish to meet in person with their advisor for registration must email Beth to set up a time. Scheduled times will be listed below. Students who do not wish to meet in person can register online after consulting with their advisor by phone or email.

MON June 3:
     4:00 JD Howdeshell
     4:20 J Lutgen
     5:00 D McMullen
     5:20 D Stillman

TUE June 4:
     5:20 K Mix    

WED June 5:  
       5:00 B Green    

MON June 10:
       11:00 D Boyd

FRI June 21:
        1:00 B Thrasher  

*email Beth to schedule an appointment time, or contact Beth for a consultation to register by email or phone*

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Congratulations to Symposium Award Winners & Presenters

Congratulations to the MFA students who were award winners at the Lindenwood University Student Research Symposium & Exposition, and congratulations to all MFA students who were chosen to participate in the symposium. Outstanding work was done by all.

1st place presentation: 
Anothai Kaewkaen
Memory of the World: Translating Proverbs of Po Temple

1st place literary reading:
Dena Molen

2nd place literary reading:
Lisa Aldridge

MFA students chosen to present their work at the symposium:

Anothai Kaewkaen
Dena Molen
Lisa Aldridge
Jere Deal
Deborah Allen
Karen Burton
Chris Otto

Additional congratulations to Billy Thrasher, undergraduate LU Communications student,
who won 2nd place for his poetry presentation.

Thai Kaewkaen
1st place presentation

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Summer 2013 Class Schedule

Summer Quarter runs from July through September. Summer Registration begins June 3. Email or call Beth to register for classes. Textbooks are available here. First assignments are available here.

SUMMER QUARTER 2013 MFA in Writing Class Schedule


Poetry Cluster (IMF525/526/527)--Tuesdays 6-10pm--Kelli Allen (begins Sat. 7/13, 10am)
  • This course will consider poetry’s role in contemporary society. We will explore working definitions of “the poem” “the line” and “meaning.” Expect vigorous discussion on how poetry has changed during the last 50 years. We will consider who is currently publishing, how and where, and what, as writers, we can contribute to the swell of poetry being written and read in a digital age. This course will offer a wide range of contemporary poetry with attention given to specific writers, topics, and themes. Students will have an opportunity to workshop their own poetry every class meeting and will be expected to provide thoughtful and useful feedback on workshop pieces and weekly reading assignments. Come prepared to write, as prompts will also be used in every class. Our objectives are to consider poetry’s function in society and to examine its varying forms, as well as write our own stunning poems and sharpen our editing skills through workshop and outside projects.

Fiction Cluster (IMF535/536/537)--Thursdays--Mark George (begins Sat. 7/13, 10am)

ONLINE CLASSES (begin Mon. 7/15):
  • Narrative Journalism (IMF566)--Tony D'Souza  **New Online Course**
    • Narrative journalism is the art of telling a true story, weaving research and facts into an engaging, page-turning piece of non-fiction that reads with energy, insight and depth. Readers love non-fiction as a means to better understand the world and people different from them. The task of the narrative journalist is to paint accurate and vivid portraits of people and subjects even the journalist, at the beginning of the writing, may know little about.
    • Media is changing quickly with many new online platforms for publishing narrative journalism; in fact, narrative journalism may be enjoying is most vibrant period ever. We will look at a diverse sampling of long narrative non-fiction pieces from some of the leading outlets today, including The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Harper's, and Vanity Fair. We'll discuss how to achieve the 'holy grail' of the narrative journalist--writing a piece with 'three-dimensionality'--as well as investigate how to balance primary and secondary sources, dialogue, interviews, and hard facts with the demands of story-telling. Students will have free range to investigate whatever subjects are dear to their own hearts while building strong foundations as narrative journalists in this field of writing where publishers are actively looking for new writers and content.
    • We’ll not only explore non-fiction writing and publishing for today’s world, but also ethics, craft, the submissions process and the social importance of it all. The ability to write narrative journalism greatly diversifies a writer's range and ability to answer the question, "How do I tell this true tale in a way that always brings the reader along?"
  • Poetry Genres (IMF517)--Eve Jones
    • Poetry Genres is a lit class in which we examine the integral elements of a poem: What is the purpose of The Line? The metaphorical image? Does the poem make sounds? Against what sort of cage does it rattle? Are you Team Open Poem or Team Closed Poem? What makes a poem “succeed”? We focus on each poetic element in two-week units, discussing various ancient & contemporary examples from the readings. The primary focus is discussion, although the course also includes journal exercises and brief essays.
  • Creative Nonfiction Workshop (IMF545)--Catherine Rankovic
    • In this group-workshop course, students read, study and discuss examples of excellent creative nonfiction and write four drafts each of two complete essays, finishing the course with two well-crafted and highly polished examples of creative nonfiction. Creative nonfiction, also called "the literature of reality," includes personal essays, memoirs, travel or nature writing, nonfiction narratives, and cultural criticism such as reviews. Individual lessons and writing exercises focus on topic selection, scene writing, observation and description, dialogue reconstruction, describing people, and research on factual material. We aim for work of publishable quality.
  • Prose Collection: Fiction: Alice Munro (IMF556)--Mary Anderson
    • Dare to write about the ordinary. Learn to craft short stories with the impact of a novel. Come read and study Dear Life, the latest stories by Alice Munro, as we examine this beloved, award-winning, Canadian writer’s “unparalleled gift for storytelling.” Try your own hand at writing your way through clarity and into vision.
  • Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction--Anthony Connolly (IMF536)  **New LU MFA Instructor--read his bio here**
    • It is hard to describe. I have an idea of the beginning. I write the first line and continue to the last. I correct a great deal, work hard and write several drafts, but I never question the finished work – Alain Robbe-Grillet
    • Producing fiction, let alone defining its process, can be difficult. There are so many paths to the top of that mountain. But what is less shrouded in mystery is the equipment a writer needs – Stephen King famously calls them tools for the toolbox.
    • This course provides the tools that all writers need to get the words on the page. Acquiring these tools means exploring the expansive boundaries and the foundational principles of current long and short prose fiction in order to prepare writers for today’s art form.
    • Fundamentals include:
      • How to establish a strong and regular writing practice
      • Exploring the principles of fiction
      • Mastering the power of details
      • Developing rich characters
      • Discovering the tricks of plotting
      • Creating effective dialogue
      • Structuring prose for maximum effect
      • Establishing and using point of view
      • Serving to launch the writer out into the larger community of fellow writers and readers
    •  And throughout all of this exploring, developing, and establishing – writing of course; and remember, “you don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great,” wrote Joe Saba.
    •  So let’s start.

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