Creative Writing at WVU: Wild, Wonderful Writing

MFA Course Descriptions

Undergraduate Courses (some of which MFA students teach)

English 111 Introduction to Creative Writing. PR: ENGL 101 and 102, or equiv. Practice in writing a sequence of structured exercises designed to enhance creative writing skills.

English 212 Creative Writing: Fiction. An open enrollment introduction to the writing of fiction.

English 213 Creative Writing: Poetry. An open enrollment introduction to the writing of poetry; practice in the basics of image, metaphor, line, form, sound and voice.

English 214 Creative Writing: Nonfiction. Introductory course in the writing of nonfiction.

English 312 Creative Writing Workshop: Fiction. PR: Consent, and grade of B or higher in ENGL 212. Advanced workshop in creative writing for students seriously engaged in writing fiction.

English 313 Creative Writing Workshop: Poetry. PR: Consent, and grade of B or higher in ENGL 213. Advanced workshop in creative writing for students seriously engaged in the writing of a major group of poems.

English 314 Creative Writing Workshop: Nonfiction. PR: Consent, and grade of B or better in ENGL 212, 213, or 214. Advanced workshop in creative writing for students seriously engaged in writing nonfiction.

English 318 Topics in Creative Writing. PR: Consent. (May be repeated for a maximum of 9 Hrs.) Advanced work in creative writing; course content changes with genre: fiction, poetry, nonfiction.

English 418 Creative Writing Seminar. PR: 9 hours of creative writing and consent. Individual projects in creative writing pursued in a workshop setting.

Graduate Courses

ENGL 618. Grad Writing Workshop: Poetry. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. (With departmental consent, may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.) Advanced workshop in creative writing. Genre and focus vary from semester to semester.

ENGL 618A. Grad Writing Wksp: Fiction. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. (With departmental consent, may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.) Advanced workshop in creative writing. Genre and focus vary from semester to semester.

ENGL 618B. Grad Writing Wrksp: Non-Fiction. 3 Hours.
PR: Consent. (With departmental consent, may be repeated for a maximum of 6 credit hours.) Advanced workshop in creative writing. Genre and focus vary from semester to semester.

ENGL 688. Creative Writing Mentoring. 3 Hours.
Supervised practice in mentoring advanced undergraduate creative writers.

ENGL 790. Teaching Practicum. 1-3 Hours.
PR: Consent. Supervised practice in college teaching of English. Note: This course is intended to insure that graduate assistants are adequately prepared and supervised when they are given college teaching responsibility. It will also present a mechanism for students not on assistantships to gain teaching experience. (Grading will be S/U.).