Inside the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics
The Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing and Poetics at the University of Washington Bothell (UW Bothell) is dedicated to helping each student develop their creative work through a course of study that encourages exploration and discovery. Through an emphasis on poetics, or why we write how we write, we invite students to participate in a forum and laboratory that focuses on the pursuit of creative writing in a rapidly changing society.
The intensive, first year curriculum is based on areas of inquiry, rather than genres, creating an alternative to most regional and national MFA programs. It asks: How is creative writing an ethical, political, and aesthetic endeavor? How does new media change the production, reception, and dissemination of creative works? What forms might creative writing take in an interconnected, transnational society?
In the second year, students pursue a thesis with an advisor and an individualized course of study. Some degree candidates may choose to write their thesis as a single genre; others may elect hybrid modes that utilize multiple genres or media. The second year is designed to give students access to a broad range of interdisciplinary courses so that they can develop an area of expertise pertinent to their written arts and career paths.
Program and Special Events
Each year there is a Fall Convergence and Spring Festival in which our graduate students, UW Bothell faculty, and invited nationally and internationally renowned writers engage with each other. These symposia host author and student readings, lectures on poetics, and open discussion.
The 2014 Fall Convergence focuses on liveness as the state or quality of being alive, or live. Details about the 2014 Convergence are hosted here. Learn more about the 2013 Fall Convergence on Poetics or the 2012 Fall Convergence that launched the UW Bothell MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics and listen to a sample of writer / artist performances.
UW Bothell is located in the Convergence Zone, a place of converging weather fronts. This can create wild and unpredictable weather—conditions which we seek to emulate in from The Convergence Zone, a series of author readings, performances, and talks.
The MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics at UW Bothell was a major sponsor of the 2014 AWP Annual Conference & Bookfair, which will take place in Seattle at the end of February. Our program sponsored a special off-site event in conjunction with the Conference. We also sponsored a special event, off-site reading at the 2012 MLA Conference in Seattle. Listen to fifty Local, National, and International Readers at the MLA Off-Site Reading here.
If you would like to receive periodic updates on the MFA as more information becomes available, please send your full name, phone number, and mailing address to the IAS Graduate Office at CreativeWritingPoetics@uwb.edu.
Professor Jeanne Heuving is also available to answer questions, and will be present at the information sessions. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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