2017 - 2018 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 2017

BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis
Arranged with Thesis Advisor


Winter Quarter 2018

BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis
Arranged with Thesis Advisor


Spring Quarter 2018

BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis
Arranged with Thesis Advisor


Students will need to fill out registration forms for each quarter.
This schedule may be subject to change.

Second Year Electives

There are several different programs and departments from which you may draw your electives, below are some suggestions.

UW Bothell - School of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences (IAS)

MFA Creative Writing & Poetics

Independent study courses are offered as part of the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics curriculum and all carry variable credits. If, in fact, you do plan to pursue the non-residency option in your second year, you will need to constitute all of your 15 credit hours through the BCWRIT individual study program. Each of these courses requires that you fill out forms that will designate how you will pursue work in these areas. You can find these forms on the MFA website under Petitions and Forms:

BCWRIT 517 Teaching Practicum (3- 5 credits)
BCWRIT 520 Internship (2-5 credits)
BCWRIT 598 Directed Research (2-15 credits)

Recommended Courses by MFA Faculty


BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Body and Soul and Metamorphosis (Brown)
Ovid’s Metamorphosis is, as Ted Hughes’ version would have it, “the story about how bodies change…”  In this directed reading we will look at how writers have written about the body as site of identity, drama and transformation, as symbol, sign, junk heap and repository of or giver-rise-to (the) soul.  We will talk about form and content and innovation in art. 

BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: Creative and Critical Reading of Poetry (Heuving)
We will do selected reading of Emily Dickinson, Lorine Niedecker and Susan Howe.  We will also engage in creative imitations of all three poets.


BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: TBD


BCWRIT 598 Directed Research: TBD
BCWRIT 587 Topics in Creative Practice (Bergman)

Masters in Cultural Studies

Cultural Studies offers several elective courses each quarter, often of much interest for MFA students. Recommended courses include:


BCULST 593A Topics in Cultural Studies: Writing the Americas (Dowling). TH 5:45-10:00 pm.

"Writing the Americas" draws upon the insights of two related fields of study, Indigenous studies and settler colonial studies, in order to consider two foundational and related cultural inventions: the invention of "America" and the invention of the "Indian." Considering a variety of theoretical, filmic, fictional, poetic, and artistic texts, we will examine the role that writing plays and has played in developing, normalizing, and disrupting the concepts of "America" and of the "Indian." Assignments will include creative and critical writing, and oral presentations.

400 Level IAS Courses

Each quarter, there are a number of 400 level courses in Culture, Literature and the Arts as well as Interdisciplinary Arts which are open to you. Check the Time Schedule for courses being offered. Specifically, MFA students may find courses under BIS, CLA, and IA. Recommendations include:

Autumn 2017
BISIA 483A Advanced Arts Workshop: Experimental Writing (Milutis). T/TH 3:30-5:30.

This workshop will provide a space to explore and create various forms of experimental writing, which may include concrete, visual, and sound poetry; experimental narrative; conceptual poetics; historical avant-garde and new media work.  There will be various writing and performative exercises, which will be workshopped; a media/performance piece; and a final project which can be a chapbook of conceptually related work or a extension of the media piece.

BIS 490B Race, Gender and Sexuality in Science Fiction (cárdenas). M/W 5:45-7:50.

Race, Gender and Sexuality in Science Fiction - BIS 490 - Watch, read, play and create science fiction for liberation. In this class we will watch science fiction films and television shows to learn how to analyze dynamics of race, gender and sexuality in media. Students will create their own science fiction worlds, building across three assignments, text, photo/video and web. Students will learn both the technical skills to create their world as well as practicing their creative skills. We will read science fiction literature and supporting essays to better learn how to think critically about race, gender and sexuality, and to imagine better futures in order to create them. Readings will include Octavia's Brood, Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler, and corresponding readings by Hortense Spillers, Kara Keeling, Audre Lorde, Gloria Anzaldua, Donna Haraway, Mia Mingus, Riley Snorton, Emi Koyama, Jin Haritaworn and Adrienne Maree Brown.

UW Seattle - English

All English graduate courses are open to MFA students, with the exception of the creative writing workshops. View a complete listing of 2017-2018 English courses here. Please note, UW Seattle literature and theory courses are open to our students, however, creative writing and writing practice courses are not open to MFA students.

If you wish to sign up for an English Department course, please call the English Grad Office at 206-543-6077 for an entry code once Period I Registration has begun. Identify yourself as a student in UW Bothell’s MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics. You will be given a registration code at the start of Period II Registration and may register on a space-available basis. 

UW Bothell - Education

You can use your elective credits to enhance your teaching abilities and opportunities. UW Bothell offers several education programs leading to advanced education degrees and certification in K-8 and in Secondary and Middle levels. These courses can also serve as excellent preparation for teaching in community colleges, although there are no formal certification requirements for college-level teaching. Requirements to teach in the public schools vary greatly according the grade-levels and / or fields. The best place to start if you are interested in public school certification is to attend an information session sponsored by the UWB Education Program appropriate to your interests and then to make an appointment with advisors in the Education Program to review degree requirements in relationship to your previous course work. During winter quarter, the Education program plans to host a special information session for MFA students, so try to attend this if at all possible.

There are two different course sequences that may be of interest to you, and that are open to you. One is the Teaching and Learning minor. While this is aimed at undergraduates, you may wish to partake of courses in this sequence. Another option is taking graduate education courses at the master's level. These are excellent preparation for community college and may count for the UWB Secondary and Middle Level Teacher Certification M.Ed.

Graduate level Education courses that are open to you:
Autumn - BEDUC 501 Inquiry in Education
Winter - BEDUC 502 Teachers’ Self-Understanding
Spring - BEDUC 504 Theories of Organizational Change and School Reform

UW Certificates

The UW offers several Graduate Certificates which may be completed while enrolled as a graduate student. Certificates require a minimum of 15 approved credits and a maximum of 6 credits may “double-count” for both the certificate and one’s program. If you are interested in a particular certificate, please contact that program’s advisor to review certificate requirements in relationship to your MFA coursework. Students completing certificates while in the MFA program will pay PCE rates for additional credits.

Please note, certain certificates are open to select disciplines and/or PhD students only.

Study Abroad

At this time the MFA program does not accept study abroad credits to be applied toward the required 15 elective credits.