ENG-643: Advanced Independent Writing and Reading: Emphasizing the Creative Thesis Collection
After successfully participating in the ENG642 residency, students begin ENG643: Advanced Independent Writing and Reading: Emphasizing the Creative Thesis Collection. The student and assigned faculty mentor create an Independent Study Plan, which includes five extensive assignments of original creative writing culminating in the successful completion of the creative thesis, and an individualized reading list. In addition to the work on the creative thesis, and under the guidance of the ENG643 mentor, the student prepares a Graduation Lecture to be presented at Graduation Residency. The Independent Study plan also includes new writing to help establish a transition to the writing life after the MFA is awarded to the student. During the independent study, students submit five packets to their mentors, at scheduled intervals, containing a cover letter and a specified amount of material that includes new and revised work. The mentor replies to each student packet on an individual basis, providing critique and instruction to the student in a written or recorded response. Students submit midsession and end-of-session evaluations and an updated student curriculum vitae, which includes a bibliography of books and scripts read. Students participate in a virtual discussion of their creative thesis. Students serve as thesis readers for other ENG643 students but may participate in no more than two thesis discussions other than their own.
Prerequisites:ENG-642 or equivalent and permission of Chair or Associate Programs Director.