Monday, October 24, 2016

Class Schedule WIN QTR 17

Click on each class title to view course description, start date, etc.

On-Campus Cluster:
Flash Fiction Cluster--Ryan Smith--Tuesdays in LUCC Conference Room

Online Classes:
Fundamentals/Teacher Prep:
FULL--IMF51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA--Beth Mead

Fiction:
FULL--IMF58100 Contemporary Foundational Literature--Chris Candice
IMF53706 Revisionist Fictions: Works Inspired by Earlier Literature--J. Ted Morrissey
IMF55600 The Prose Collection: Alice Munro--Mary Anderson
IMF53703 Literature of War & Apocalypse--Scott Berzon
FULL--IMF53704 Modern Myths & Tricksters in Short Fiction--Kelli Allen 
IMF53200 Adv Focused Fiction Workshop--Tony D'Souza
IMF53900 Adv Studies in Contemporary Fiction--Wm Anthony Connolly
IMF51602 Fiction Craft & Workshop--David Hollingsworth
IMF54303 Focused Young Adult Literature--Nicole McInnes
IMF52200 Focused Fiction Workshop--Kali VanBaale

Poetry:
IMF58300 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry--Ryan Smith
IMF54100 Spec Topics Workshop: Poetry Writing--Eve Jones
IMF52902 Adv St Craft of Poetry: Writing the Love Poem: A Themed Formal Verse Workshop--Anothai Kaewkaen
IMF52704 Sylvia Plath & the Tarot, Part 1--Julia Gordon-Bramer

Creative Nonfiction:
FULL--IMF55200 Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations--Lisa Haag
IMF54600 The Personal Essay--Andrew Pryor

Scriptwriting:
IMF52400 Focused Scriptwriting Workshop--Zachary Vickers

THESIS:
IMF58999 Graduate Thesis--Beth Mead (in MFA Students group in Canvas, post faculty preference for midterm reader in the Thesis Registration thread)

First Assignment for Online Classes

Textbook Info

Faculty Bios

NOTE: At least 6 credit hours must be taken to be eligible for financial aid.

Pre-Registration Process WIN QTR 17

The Pre-Registration Process will take place in Canvas beginning on November 7 at 7am CST. You will no longer reply by email regarding your initial registration preferences.

Steps to take BEFORE November 7:
-Log into Canvas
-If you see an invitation to join the MFA Students group, click that link to enter the group.
-If you do not see an invitation, click on Courses, then on All Courses, and scroll through your class list to find MFA Students.
-Add MFA Students to your Dashboard (click on All Courses, then click the star to the left of MFA Students). Then click on MFA Students to enter the group.
-Click on Modules to view Announcements and MFA information. Feel free to take part in any discussions.
NOTE: The Winter class schedule and registration info will be viewable in Canvas by November 7. The Winter Registration Info email will be sent via Lionmail on November 7.

Steps to take ON or after November 7 at 7am CST:
-After receiving the Winter Registration info email via Lionmail, log into Canvas and click on the MFA Students group.
-Click on Modules to view the Registration module.
-Post in one of the two threads below, depending on whether you want to self-register or not:
-Click on the Self-Registration/Enable Portal discussion thread in the Registration module if you want to register yourself for winter classes when registration opens. Type your name in this thread, and then Beth will enable your portal for self-registration on Monday, November 14, at 7am CST, so that you can register yourself beginning that day and time.
-Click on the Request Beth to Register/Class Choices & Back-Ups discussion thread in the Registration module if you want Beth to register you for winter classes when registration opens. Beth will then register students in the order of posts in this thread starting at 7am CST on Monday, November 14.
-All students will be able to make any schedule changes (drop/add classes) from November 14 through December 4. MFA open enrollment will end on Monday, December 5, so all schedule changes on or after December 5 must be made by emailing Beth.
-Note: Do NOT send registration preferences by email before December 5. Canvas must be used during open enrollment through December 4. Only changes requested after open enrollment (December 5 and later) may be made via email.
-WAIT LISTS: If you hope to take a class that you think may fill quickly, you can post your name in the Wait List thread for that class beginning at 7am CST on Monday, November 14. After MFA open enrollment ends, any drops must be requested via email, so Beth will contact the first person on the Wait List for the open spot. After 24 hours, if the first person has not responded to the email, Beth will offer the spot to the second person on the Wait List for that class.
-Post any questions about the new pre-registration process and Wait List process in the Questions for Beth thread in the MFA Students group in Canvas.

WIN QTR 17 Registration begins Monday, November 14, at 7am CST. Students who have posted in the Self-Registration/Enable Portal thread will be able to enroll themselves in the portal following the registration instructions beginning that day and time. Students who have posted in the Request Beth to Register/Class Choices & Back-Ups thread will be registered beginning that day and time in the order of posts in that thread. Be sure to include back-up choices in case classes are full by the time of your enrollment.

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 Foundational 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 11/7: Winter Registration info email sent to MFA students; post in MFA Students group in Canvas

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)

SUN 12/4: Open enrollment ends for MFA students (any winter schedule changes after this date must be made by emailing Beth)

FRI 12/9: No event--please note that the Roundtable Reading will be held at a later date TBA in 2017.  

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

12/23 through 1/2: University is closed; email Beth with any questions before 12/22 or after 1/2.

MON 12/26: Winter Online classes may be previewed in Canvas; do not post until 1/9

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

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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:
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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. Registration begins the following week. After receiving the registration info email, log into the MFA Students group in Canvas to either request that your portal be enabled for registration or to request classes for Beth to enroll you (and list back-up choices for full classes). 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.

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 post in the MFA Students group in Canvas to 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 log into the Canvas group and post your name in the appropriate thread to request that your portal be enabled for registration.

Note for Spring 17: When registration opens for Spring on Mon. February 20 at 7am Central Time, you will choose SP QTR 17 to register for spring classes (after posting in the Canvas group to request that your portal be enabled). Remember that when you want to view your final grades and complete your course evaluation for the current winter term, you will need to choose WIN QTR 17.

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. If you have problems with the pop-up blocker, try changing your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Explorer, etc.).

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 post in the MFA Students Canvas group after receiving the registration info email to request that your portal be enabled, and then to register yourself as soon as registration opens.

Students who prefer to have Beth register them in classes must realize that Beth has to enroll students in the order of posts in Canvas, starting these enrollments 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 in your Canvas post 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?
Wait Lists will be available in the MFA Students group in Canvas for any spots that open up in full classes AFTER the open enrollment period ends. Since students can enroll themselves in classes, it is not possible for Beth to send notifications regarding wait lists during the open enrollment period. During open enrollment, you can check the portal to see if a spot opens up in a class (click on Course Offerings and filter by IMF), and if a spot does open up, you can enroll yourself (and you can drop yourself from classes during open enrollment). After open enrollment ends, students cannot make any schedule changes in the portal. Beth will contact the first person on the wait list when a spot opens up in a class after open enrollment ends. After 24 hours, if that person has not responded, Beth will contact the second person on the list. 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 Spring: For Spring Quarter 2017 registration, open enrollment ends on April 2. Any 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?
No, 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).

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 posting the required information every quarter in the MFA Students group in Canvas; information and a due date will be included in each quarterly registration info email. You must include your official email address from the school where you teach, and you must request the grant in Canvas 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.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

LU MFA Thesis Guidelines & Enrollment Instructions

Thesis Guidelines are also available on the LU website HERE

ENROLLING IN THE THESIS:
When it is time for their final quarter in the MFA program, after receiving the quarterly registration info email, students must post in the Thesis Registration assignment in the MFA Students group in Canvas and request that Beth enroll them in the Thesis class. Students should also indicate in this post the faculty member they would like to request as their midterm thesis reader (for personalized feedback at midterm). Beth will then register students in the Thesis when registration opens. While the Thesis is primarily a time of independent student writing, it is a 3-credit class that requires participation on Canvas for certain requirements (journal entries/authentication videos, midterm draft submission, final thesis submission, and program survey).

LU MFA Thesis Guidelines
updated 2017

Overview
The final three credit hours of the MFA program are devoted to completion of a graduate thesisa final creative writing project that the student produces independently, with midterm feedback from a requested faculty thesis reader.

Final page count will range from 70 to 100 depending on the student's chosen genre; this page count includes a title page and a required 5-page introductory essay. The final thesis is submitted through Canvas toward the end of the quarter.

The thesis content is flexible to ensure that each student is able to create a final project that best reflects his or her preferred writing style and content. The thesis may be a collection of poetry, short fiction, or creative nonfiction/personal essays; it may be a novella; or it may be an excerpt from a novel or memoir. Students may also choose to combine genres (for example, a thesis may include both poetry and short fiction); however, all components should feel cohesive in some way (thematically, stylistically, reflective of the writer's voice, etc.overall connections among pieces can be discussed in the intro essay) to ensure a polished final project.

Note: If a student’s chosen thesis genre is scriptwriting, permission must be obtained from the Director at the time of thesis registration. A new script must be written for the thesis, and it cannot exceed 100 pages. The full script written during the on-campus scriptwriting cluster cannot be revised and used as a final thesis project.

Approximately 50% of the thesis may include revisions of pieces that have been workshopped during the MFA program; at least 50% should be new work that has not been workshopped in the program. The final thesis should be publishable work.

Canvas
Students enrolled in the thesis will log into Canvas several times during the quarter, click on Modules, and click on the appropriate module for instructions and information. Three modules require a journal entry; others remind students to continue writing with upcoming deadlines in mind.

Thesis Progress & Feedback
The thesis is intended to be primarily a time of independent writing for the student. This allows the student to transition from the workshop environment to the post-MFA writing environment. At the beginning of the quarter, a student enrolled in the thesis will complete a video journal entry in Canvas explaining the intended concept for his or her thesis. The student will write independently for the first half of the quarter, periodically logging into Canvas to check the Modules page for journal assignments and thesis due dates.

At midterm, the student will upload a thesis draft in Canvas (draft page count is flexible). The Director will forward this work to the assigned midterm reader for feedback. The midterm reader’s comments will be emailed to the student within one to two weeks. The student will spend the remainder of the quarter revising, developing, and polishing the creative content; the student will also write the 5-page introductory essay during this time.

The completed thesis (a single document including the cover page and the 5-page introductory essay) will be uploaded in Canvas toward the end of the quarter for final approval by the Director of the MFA in Writing Program. The specific due date will be listed in Canvas. The Director will email students one of three possible responses: Approval with no edits required; minor edits suggested before the end of the quarter; or suggestion to take the Thesis Extension. If the student elects to take the Extension, the cost is $150, and it allows an additional quarter for the student to revise and complete the thesis. Students may enroll in an extension up to three times if needed.

Introductory Essay 
The thesis project must include a 5-page essay introducing the thesis, describing the over-arching theme or connecting voice for your project, and reflecting on the journey you have taken as a writer, culminating in this final writing project. You may reflect on your writing interests and experiences before entering the MFA program as well as your time in the program. You can discuss insights you have gained about writing craft or your own writing process. You may include acknowledgements of people who have been supportive or instructive in your journey as a writer. You may discuss books or writers who have inspired you, and you may include quotes from writers you admire (use MLA format for direct quotes). You may include examples of your own creative writing to illustrate points you make about your growth as a writer. Ideally, the introductory essay should be written at midterm or later in the quarter.

Final Requirements For Thesis Completion
Before a grade can be submitted for the thesis, all students must complete the program survey as the final Journal assignment in Canvas. Completion of Canvas journal entries and adherence to deadlines throughout the quarter will be factored into the final thesis grade.

Format Guidelines
The final thesis must be uploaded in Canvas by the due date and must be formatted according to the guidelines below:

-The thesis must be uploaded as a single document (at midterm and for final thesis submission). Do not send separate files for individual portions of the thesis.

-The first page of your thesis document should be a title page that lists the overall title for your thesis, your name, and the date of final thesis submission.

-A page number should not appear on the title page (when inserting page numbers, click the box for Different First Page under Design).

-Insert page numbers beginning with page 2; the page number and your last name should be right-aligned at the top of each page.

-After your title page, begin your 5-page introductory essay. After your introductory essay, begin the creative content of your thesis. (Students may include an Acknowledgements page and/or a Table of Contents if desired, but these items are not required.)

-The page count for the final thesis must be between 70 and 100 pages (including cover page and introductory essay). Use a standard font style and size (such as Times New Roman 12pt).

-Double-space the intro essay, and double-space all fiction and essay pieces. Poetry should be single-spaced; print no more than one poem per page.

-Left, right, top, and bottom margins should be set at one inch.

Thesis projects are archived electronically.


Friday, May 13, 2016

Summer 2016 Class Schedule

Registration begins May 23 at 7am CST. 
All students must reply to Beth's 5/16 registration email before registration begins.
On-Campus Clusters begin the week of July 5.
Online classes begin the week of July 11. 
Summer quarter ends September 23.

NOTE: Course numbers may NOT be repeated for credit. There are no exceptions to this rule as of Summer 2016. Check your transcript in your student portal to ensure that you do not enroll in course numbers you've taken previously. 

On-Campus Clusters:
IMF 54500 / 54600 / 54700 Creative Nonfiction--Andrew Pryor--Tuesday
IMF 57500 / 57600 / 57700 Scriptwriting--Peter Carlos--Monday

Online Classes:

Fiction--Literature Classes:
IMF 54303 Focused Young Adult Lit: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (literature class)--Nicole McInnes
IMF 54302 The Graphic Novel (literature class)--Zachary Vickers
IMF 53701 Magical Realism Literature (literature class)--Eve Jones

Fiction--Workshop Classes:
IMF 52205 Focused Fiction Workshop: Short Stories--Steve Kistulentz
IMF 52200 Focused Fiction Workshop--Kali VanBaale
IMF 54402 Sci-Fi Workshop: The New Weird--Kelli Allen
IMF 51602 Fiction Craft & Workshop--David Hollingsworth

Poetry Classes:
IMF 52700 Selected Emphases in Poetry--Anothai Kaewkaen
IMF 51701 Women Poets--Eve Jones
IMF 52102 Rockstar Poets & Writers--Julia Gordon-Bramer

Creative Nonfiction Classes:
IMF 52302 The Memoir--Wm Anthony Connolly
IMF 56600 Narrative Journalism--Tony D'Souza

THESIS: Students in their final quarter must reply to Beth's 5/16 registration email and must request enrollment in the Thesis. Include the name of the faculty member that you would like to request as your midterm reader. Full Thesis Guidelines (updated for Canvas) are available here.

TEXTBOOK INFO is available HERE.

FIRST ASSIGNMENT INFO:
First Assignment for On-Campus Clusters
First Assignment for Online Classes

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS:
Click HERE to view course descriptions sorted by instructor. New classes and new faculty members will be added to this page. 

2016-2017 Academic Calendar


TEACHER GRANT FORMS for Summer 2016 must be returned to Beth by June 1.
See Beth's 5/16 registration email for details.

LU MFA Graduate Reading ~ May 2016

Congratulations to our graduating students for their wonderful readings of their work at our 2016 LU MFA Graduate Reading!






Tuesday, April 26, 2016

2016 SRSE Winners

Congratulations to the LU MFA in Writing students who won first and second place in the 2016 Student Research Symposium & Exposition!

1st place:

David Gilmore
“How to Date Any Species Girl (An Earthling, Martian, or Hybrid)” 


2nd place (3-way tie): 

McKenzie A. Frey
“A Few Glimpses of the World that Consumes Me”

Blake Kirkland
“Your America” 

Dana Morrow
“A Glimpse, Six Times”

Monday, March 7, 2016

Projected MFA Class Schedule--subject to change

The academic calendar is available here
Instructor course descriptions are available here. New descriptions will be added later this quarter.

Below is the projected MFA class schedule for Summer Quarter 2016, Fall Quarter 2016, and Winter Quarter 2017. Please note that the schedule is subject to change (online classes may be added or deleted, on-campus days may change, etc.) and should be consulted for tentative planning purposes only. Contact Beth with any questions.

SUMMER 2016 (July-Sept)--finalized SU16 schedule with course numbers HERE
On-Campus Clusters:
Creative Nonfiction--Andrew Pryor--Tuesday
Scriptwriting--Peter Carlos--Monday
Online Classes:
Fiction:
Sci-Fi Workshop: The New Weird--Kelli Allen
Focused Young Adult Literature: Sci-Fi/Fantasy (literature class)--Nicole McInnes
Focused Fiction Workshop: Short Stories--Steve Kistulentz
Focused Fiction Workshop--Kali VanBaale
Fiction Craft & Workshop--David Hollingsworth
The Graphic Novel (literature class)--Zachary Vickers
Magical Realism Literature (literature class)--Eve Jones
Poetry:
Selected Emphases in Poetry--Anothai Kaewkaen
Women Poets--Eve Jones
Rockstar Poets & Writers--Julia Gordon-Bramer
Creative Nonfiction:
The Memoir--Wm Anthony Connolly
Narrative Journalism--Tony D'Souza

***

FALL 2016 (Oct-Dec)finalized schedule with course numbers HERE 

On-Campus Clusters:

The Literary Journal: Poetry--Kelli Allen--Tuesday
Advanced Scriptwriting--Peter Carlos--Monday

Online Classes:

Fiction:
The Long Story & Novella (literature class)--Ted Morrissey
Classic Foundational Literature--Chris Candice
Rockstar Fiction Writers--Julia Gordon-Bramer
Focused Fiction Workshop: Short Stories--Wm Anthony Connolly
Sci-Fi Workshop: The New Weird--Kelli Allen
Young Adult Lit Workshop--Nicole McInnes
The Literary Novel: Contemporary Fiction--Tony D'Souza
Focused Fiction Workshop: George Saunders--Zachary Vickers
Poetry:
Poetry Craft Foundations--Ryan Smith
Poetry Genres--Anothai Kaewkaen
Poetry Workshop--Andrew Pryor
Ekphrastic Poetry--Eve Jones
Creative Nonfiction:
The Personal Essay--David Hollingsworth
Focused Nonfiction Workshop--Kali VanBaale
Additional Class Options:
The Literary Journal: Fiction & Essay--Beth Mead
Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA--Beth Mead
Playwriting--Wm Anthony Connolly
Manuscript Preparation & Publication--Catherine Rankovic


***
WINTER 2017 (Jan-March)--subject to change
On-Campus Cluster:
Flash Fiction Cluster--Ryan Smith--Tuesday

Online Classes:
Fundamentals/Teacher Prep:
Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA--Beth Mead

Fiction:
Contemporary Foundational Literature--Chris Candice
Revisionist Fictions: Works Inspired by Earlier Literature--Ted Morrissey
The Prose Collection: Alice Munro--Mary Anderson
Literature of War & Apocalypse--Scott Berzon
Modern Myths & Tricksters in Short Fiction--Kelli Allen
Adv Focused Fiction Workshop--Tony D'Souza
Adv Studies in Contemporary Fiction--Wm Anthony Connolly
Fiction Craft & Workshop--David Hollingsworth
Focused Young Adult Literature--Nicole McInnes
Focused Fiction Workshop--Kali VanBaale

Poetry:
Contemporary Foundational Literature: Poetry--Ryan Smith
Spec Topics Workshop: Poetry Writing--Eve Jones
The Poetry Collection--Anothai Kaewkaen
Sylvia Plath & the Tarot, Part 1--Julia Gordon-Bramer

Creative Nonfiction:
Creative Nonfiction Craft Foundations--Lisa Haag Kang
The Personal Essay--Andrew Pryor

Scriptwriting:
Focused Scriptwriting Workshop--Zachary Vickers


***
SPRING 2017 (April-June)--subject to change
On-campus cluster:
Prose Cluster (Fiction & Creative Nonfiction)--Hollingsworth, David / Tuesdays
Online classes:
(F=Fiction, P=Poetry, CNF=Creative Nonfiction)
IMF 51400 Fundamentals of Writing for the MFA--Feeney, Patricia
IMF 51601 F Genres: Flash Fiction--Berzon, Scott
IMF 51602 F Genres: Fiction Craft & Workshop--Hollingsworth, David
IMF 52100 Focused Poetry Workshop--Pryor, Andrew
IMF 52206 Foc Fiction Workshop: Kurt Vonnegut--Vickers, Zachary
IMF 52304 Foc Nonfiction: CNF Writing Workshop--VanBaale, Kali
IMF 52705 Sel Emph P: Plath & the Tarot Part 2--Bramer, Julia
IMF 52706 Sel Emph P: Asian Poetry--Kaewkaen, Anothai
IMF 53702 Sel Emph F: Magical Realism Lit & Workshop--Jones, Eve
IMF 53705 Sel Emph F: The Long Story & Novella--Morrissey, John
IMF 54101 Spec Top: Manuscript Prep & Publication--Rankovic, Catherine
IMF 54106 Spec Top: Focused Narrative Journalism--D'Souza, Anthony
IMF 54405 Genre F: YA Writing Workshop--McInnes, Nicole
IMF 55300 Poetry Craft Foundations--Smith, Ryan
IMF 55603 Prose Collection: David Foster Wallace--Allen, Kelli
IMF 56100 Classic Foundational Literature: Fiction--Candice, Christopher
IMF 57400 Literary Novel Workshop--Connolly, William
IMF 58200 Contemporary Foundational Literature: Creative Nonfiction--Haag, Lisa


Thursday, February 18, 2016

2016-2017 LU MFA Academic Calendar

The calendar for Spring Quarter 2016 is available HERE.

Summer Quarter 2016
May 16: Registration info email for SMR QTR 16 sent to Lionmail by noon
May 23: Summer registration opens at 7am CST
May 30: University holiday; Degree Application form due in portal for students who will complete their degrees by December 30, 2016
June 24: Open enrollment ends; any summer registration changes after this date must be made by emailing Beth
July 4: University holiday
July 5: On-Campus clusters begin
July 11: Online classes begin; first assignment/attendance post due in Canvas by 11:59pm CST
July 22: Last day to drop with a W grade (email Beth to drop)
August 15: Registration info email for FA  QTR 16 sent to Lionmail by noon
August 21: EARLY REGISTRATION: Fall registration opens at noon CST on Sunday 8/21
August 26: Last day to drop summer classes with a WP grade (email Beth to drop)
September 5: University holiday
September 16: Open enrollment ends; any fall registration changes after this date must be made by emailing Beth
September 19: Fall online classes viewable in Canvas for review; do not post in Canvas until October 3
September 23: Summer quarter ends
September 26: Summer grades posted in portal by 5pm; complete course evaluations in portal

Fall Quarter 2016
See summer info above for fall registration dates. 
Week of September 26: On-Campus clusters begin
October 3: Online classes begin; first assignment/attendance post due in Canvas by 11:59pm CST
November 7: Registration info email for WIN QTR 17 sent to Lionmail by noon; post in MFA Students Canvas group
November 14: Portal opens for self-registration at 7am CST for winter
November 18: Last day to drop Fall classes (email Beth to drop)
November 24 & 25: University holiday
December 4: Open enrollment ends for winter; any schedule changes after this date must be made by emailing Beth
December 9: No event--please note that the Roundtable Reading will be held at a later date TBA in 2017.  
December 10: Commencement ceremony 10am (available for students who will complete their degrees in September or December)
December 16: Fall quarter ends
December 19: Fall grades posted in portal by 5pm; complete course evaluations in portal
December 23 through January 2: University is CLOSED; email Beth with any questions before 12/22 or after 1/2
December 26: Winter online classes viewable in Canvas for review (do not post in Canvas until January 9)
December 30: Degree Application form due in portal for students who will complete their degrees by March 30 or by June 30, 2017

Winter Quarter 2017
See fall info above for winter registration dates.
December 23-January 2: University is closed
January 3: On-Campus cluster begins
January 9: Online classes begin; first assignment/attendance post due in Canvas by 11:59pm CST
January 16: University holiday
February 13: Registration info email for SP QTR 17 sent to Lionmail by noon; post in MFA Students Canvas group
February 20: Portal opens for self-registration at 7am CST for spring
February 24: Last day to drop winter classes (email Beth to drop)
March 24: Winter quarter ends
March 27: Winter grades posted in portal by 5pm; complete course evaluations in portal
March 30: Degree Application form due in portal for students who will complete their degrees by September 30, 2017

Spring Quarter 2017
See winter info above for spring registration dates. 
April 3: On-Campus clusters begin
April 10: Online classes begin; first assignment/attendance post due in Canvas by 11:59pm CST
May 5: Commencement Ceremony 7pm (available for students who will complete their degrees in March or June)
May 15: Registration info email for SU QTR 17 sent to Lionmail by noon; post in MFA Students group in Canvas
May 22: Summer registration opens at 7am CST 
May 26: Last day to drop spring classes (email Beth to drop)
May 29: University holiday
May 30: Degree Application form due in portal for students who will complete their degrees by December 30, 2017
June 23: Spring quarter ends
June 29: Spring grades viewable in portal; complete course evaluations in portal


Thursday, February 11, 2016

Spring 2016 Class Schedule

Spring 2016 Class Schedule 

ON-CAMPUS:
On-Campus students may choose one of the following two clusters:
Fiction Cluster on Tuesdays with David Hollingsworth*
or
Prose Poetry Cluster on Wednesdays with Kelli Allen 

ONLINE:
Fundamentals of Contemporary Fiction / Wm Anthony Connolly
The Fiction of War & Apocalypse / Scott Berzon
Fiction Writing Workshop / Tony D'Souza
The Prose Collection: T.C. Boyle / Charlene Engleking
Flash Nonfiction** / Catherine Rankovic
The Personal Essay / David Hollingsworth
Prose Poems / Eve Jones
Focused Poetry Workshop / Kelli Allen
Sylvia Plath & the Tarot Part 2*** / Julia Gordon-Bramer
Focused Scriptwriting Workshop / Zachary Vickers
Graduate Thesisfinal quarter only; see info in Course Descriptions

NOTES & LINKS:
*On-Campus students may take the Fiction cluster even if they have taken an on-campus fiction cluster previously.
**All students may enroll in Flash Nonfiction with Rankovic, including students who previously took Flash Nonfiction with Anderson
***It is not required to have taken Part 1 of Plath/Tarot; all students may enroll in Part 2
- Some MFA classes and clusters can be taken more than once for credit. Contact Beth with any questions about repeating specific classes or clusters.
- Online students may enroll in one, two, or three classes per quarter. At least two classes are required to be eligible for financial aid/student loans. To request a course overload (four classes), email Beth.
Spring Registration Instructions are posted HERE
- Course Descriptions for Spring MFA classes are posted HERE 
- Textbook information for spring quarter is posted HERE
- First Assignments/Start Dates for On-Campus Clusters are posted HERE
- First Assignments/Start Dates/Bb login info for Online classes are posted HERE
- The Spring Quarter MFA-specific academic calendar is posted HERE
- The 2016-2017 academic calendar for all programs in the School of Accelerated Degree Programs will be posted HERE
- See the email sent on 2/15 for the Teacher Grant form and other important program info.
- Degree application forms must be submitted through the portal by March 30 for students who will complete their degree in September (end of summer quarter). Students who will complete their degree in December must submit their degree app form through the portal no later than May 30.