Program Curriculum

Current Second Year Courses

The second year of the MFA is comprised of independent study undertaken with your thesis advisor, in the form of the Master's Thesis and the Thesis Practicum.  Meetings are arranged between yourself and the thesis advisor. Registration codes and instructions will be provided by the IAS Graduate Office.

Autumn Quarter 

  • BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis (5 credits)
    Arranged with Thesis Advisor
  • BCWRIT 599 Thesis Practicum (1-5 credits)

Winter Quarter

  • BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis (5 credits)
    Arranged with Thesis Advisor
  • BCWRIT 599 Thesis Practicum (1-5 credits)

Spring Quarter 

  • BCWRIT 700 Master's Thesis (5 credits)
    Arranged with Thesis Advisor
  • BCWRIT 599 Thesis Practicum (1-5 credits)

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.

Additional Elective Options

Students have the option of taking additional elective coursework at the 400-level or above, in a variety of UW programs and departments, beyond their thesis and thesis practicum requirements. Students are encouraged to consult first and foremost with their thesis advisors about ways of incorporating these activities into the thesis practicum.

Internships. Please consult the internship resources: then complete and submit a learning contract for review and approval by your site supervisor and thesis advisor. 

See Registration for instructions and contact the IAS Graduate Office for the appropriate registration codes.