Program Curriculum

Current Second Year Courses

2019 - 2020 Schedule

Autumn Quarter 2019

  • BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis (5 credits)
    Arranged with Thesis Advisor
  • BCWRIT 599 Thesis PracticumBCWRIT 598 Directed Research (1-5 credits), or
    Elective (5 credits) 

Winter Quarter 2019

  • BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis (5 credits)
    Arranged with Thesis Advisor
  • BCWRIT 599 Thesis Practicum/ BCWRIT 598Directed Research (1-5 credits), or
    Elective (5 credits) 

Spring Quarter 2019

  • BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis (5 credits)
    Arranged with Thesis Advisor
  • BCWRIT 599 Thesis Practicum/ BCWRIT 598 Directed Research (1-5 credits), or
    Elective (5 credits) 

This schedule is subject to change.


Thesis

BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis (15 credits). Over the course of your second year in the MFA in Creative Writing & Poetics, you will develop and bring to fruition an in-depth creative work and an artist’s statement / poetics paper.  Students may elect to engage multiple media, performance, or installation in partial satisfaction of their thesis work.  For details, see Thesis Work

BCWRIT 599 Thesis Practicum (1-5 credits, max 6) is designed with your thesis advisor to provide you with opportunities to professionalize as an artist, according to your own goals and plans.  Thesis practica may include, but not limited to, presenting work-in-progress at salons and readings; submitting work to conferences, residencies, and publications; and interning at arts, education, or media organizations. For details, see Thesis Practicum.

Directed Research and other Elective Options

Students completing the MFA degree prior to Autumn 2019 are required to complete 15 credits of elective coursework, which can take the form of independent study under the supervision of an MFA faculty member (BCWRIT 598 Directed Research), or coursework in a variety of UW programs and departments, at the 400-level or above.

Students completing the MFA degree after Autumn 2019 have the option of taking additional elective coursework in these areas, beyond their thesis and thesis practicum requirements. 

BCWRIT 598 Directed Research (2-5 credits). Directed research constitutes independent study conducted with, or under the supervision of an MFA faculty member, and may take multiple forms, including (1) focused inquiry into specific ideas, issues, or topics, and/or selected analytical and/or creative methods; (2) applied inquiry that is site-based or practice-based, in the form of an internship/practicum at an arts, educational, or community organization. 

Directed Research: Please discuss your interests and ideas with the MFA faculty member you wish to work with.  Then submit a Petition for Directed Research which outlines your planned course of study. This petition will be forwarded to the faculty member for review and approval. 

Submit a Petition for Directed Research (UWNetID and login required)

Internships. Please consult the internship resources: then complete and submit a learning contract for review and approval by your site supervisor and thesis advisor. You will enroll under BCWRIT 598 Directed Research for the approved number of credits. 

Other Elective Options

See Registration for instructions.

Prior Year Courses