Curriculum MFA Online

Department of Creative Writing:

Online MFA 48-Hour Graduate Curriculum

Gateway Courses 9 hours

Form and Theory Courses.

CRW 5364 Forms and Techniques of Fiction
CRW 5321 Narrative Theory and Poetics
CRW 5365 Forms and Techniques of Poetry

Workshop 15 Hours

CRW 5366 Advanced Fiction Writing
CRW 5367 Advanced Poetry Writing
CRW 5369 Advanced Playwriting
CRW 5372 Advanced Screenwriting
CRW 5373 Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Literature 12 hours

CRW 5368 Variable Topics

CRW 5382 Studies in Form 

CRW 5371 Writing the Novel

CRW 5374 Ten Problems for the Fiction Writer

CRW 5381 Writing Children's Literature

CRW 5370 Literary Translation

CRW 5375 Writing Comics and Visual Cultural

CRW 5376 Writing About Popular Music

CRW 5377 Rewriting America Since 1960s

CRW 5378 Politics of Narration

CRW 5379 Kafka and the Art of Fiction

CRW 5380 Physics as Metaphor

CRW 5383 History of the Short Story From

CRW 5384 Forms in the Prose Poem and the Short Story 

A graduate level literature course can sometimes be taken from another UTEP department, such as English or Languages and Literature, with an advisor’s approval.

Electives 6 hours

These courses may be taken from many department with an advisor’s approval. You can also take an extra workshop or an Independent Study.

Thesis 6 hours

CRW 5398 Thesis I CRW 5399 Thesis II (this course may only be taken in the last semester)

The thesis will consist of a book-length manuscript of original fiction or poetry, accompanied by a critical preface. Each candidate is required to submit a thesis proposal and a sample of the thesis-in progress before starting Thesis I. The thesis will be prepared under the direction of a two-member supervising committee and will be defended orally.

Course Descriptions

5321 Narrative Theory and Poetics

Intensive readings in literary theory and criticism as they relate to aesthetics, form and the creative process. The course will cover a spectrum of critical reflection by philosophers, theorists, fiction writers and poets regarding poetics and the making of fiction. Students will undertake a research paper or research project. Prerequisite: Department approval.

5364 Forms and Techniques of Fiction

A course in directed reading and writing that leads the student to a historical understanding of the creative process through analysis and imitation of important works of fiction. Prerequisite: Department approval.

5365 Forms and Techniques of Poetry

A course in directed reading and writing that leads the student to a historical understanding of the creative process through analysis and imitation of important works of poetry. Prerequisite: Department approval.

5366 Advanced Fiction Writing

Intensive study and practice in the various forms and approaches of fiction writing, including workshop discussion and individual student manuscripts. Prerequisite: Department approval.

5367 Advanced Poetry Writing

Intensive study and practice in the various forms and approaches within the writing of poetry, including workshop discussion of individual student poems. Prerequisite: Department approval.

5368 Variable Topics in Creative Writing

A genre and/or form not normally covered in the MFA curriculum, e.g., the short novel, libretti, the dramatic monologue. Writing consists of both criticism particular to the course focus, and writing representative of the form or genre itself. May be taken once as a workshop course and once as a literature course.

5369 Advanced Playwriting

An intensive study and practice in the various forms and approaches of playwriting, including workshop discussion of individual student playwriting.

5372 Advanced Screenwriting

Intensive study and practice in various forms and approaches of screenwriting, including workshop discussion of individual student.

5373 Advanced Creative Nonfiction

Intensive study and practice in the various forms and approaches of creative nonfiction including workshop discussion of individual works.

5382 Studies in Form

Advanced literary and critical focus on a single author, movement, or period within a single major form, e.g. novel, drama, poetry, essay, screenplay.

5398 Thesis I

Initial work on the thesis.

5399 Thesis II

Thesis completion and defense.