Program Curriculum

Course Sequence



Autumn Quarter Winter Quarter Spring Quarter

BCWRIT 500 Writing Workshop: Between Prose and Poetry

BCWRIT 510 Poetics Seminar: Cultural Change and Writing

BCWRIT 501 Writing Workshop: Between Fact and Imagination

BCWRIT 511 Poetics Seminar: Writers’ Research

BCWRIT 502 Writing Workshop: Processes of Thinking and Memory

BCWRIT 512 Poetics Seminar:
Art, Technology, Practice


BCWRIT 700 Creative Writing Thesis
Elective Course

BCWRIT 700 Creative Writing Thesis
Elective Course


BCWRIT 700 Creative Writing Thesis
Elective Course



The UW Bothell MFA consists of a residency program in its first year, and residency and non-residency options in its second year. Students participate in the program as a member of a cohort of 18 MFA students and are required to take 10 credits per quarter.

Year One

In the first year creative writing workshops are paired with poetics seminars in a sequential study.


The first quarter explores diverse genres and writing practices in relation to cultural and social change.

BCWRIT 500 Writing Workshop: Between Prose and Poetry
Focuses on the cross over between prose and poetry in multiple genres. Considers the prevalence of narrative and alternatives to narrative.

BCWRIT 510 Poetics Seminar: Cultural Change and Writing
Engages the subject of poetics as writing theory and practice. Focuses on cultural, social, and technological change as these create new challenges and possibilities for creative writing.


In the winter, relationships between imagination and fact are investigated and writers’ research methods are explored.

BCWRIT 501 Writing Workshop: Between Fact and Imagination
Examines the relationships between fact and imagination in fiction, non-fiction, and poetry writing.

BCWRIT 511 Poetics Seminar: Writers' Research
Addresses how writers utilize research in their writing and inquires into different kind of research that can be pursued: textual, ethnographic, and performance-based.


Spring quarter focuses on processes of thinking and memory and how these are challenged or altered by such technologies as photography and new media.

BCWRIT 502 Writing Workshop: Processes of Thinking and Memory
Engages the primary processes of thinking and memory as they are affected by diverse writing practices and media applications.

BCWRIT 512 Poetics Seminar: Art, Technology, Practice
Explores relationships among art, technology, and creative practice. Examines connections among diverse art forms, inquiring into their social, philosophical, and aesthetic dimensions.

Current First Year Courses

Year Two

The second year is divided between three quarters of thesis work and an additional 15 credits of elective courses. Students can pursue their second year as residency or non-residency students, or a combination of both.

In advance of their second year, students will have the opportunity to create an individualized course of study in consultation with their advisors. Residency students will be able to develop expertise in a subject area of their choice: education, environmental studies, literature, interdisciplinary arts, cultural studies, global studies, community psychology, computer software, human rights, or any number of diverse areas of UW graduate instruction.

Thesis Work 

BCWRIT 700 Creative Writing Thesis (5 credits, C/NC) 
Includes completion of creative thesis in one of the following areas: poetry, fiction, non-fiction, or cross genre as well as a poetics essay or artist’s statement. Students may elect to engage multiple media or performance venues in partial completion of their thesis. (Autumn, Winter, Spring, or equivalent)

Elective Courses

Students in their second year will take 5 elective credits alongside their 5 thesis credits each quarter. Elective credits may come from a variety of courses including, but not limited to, the following. (Note: each of these courses below requires an elective form for approval).

Also see the Current Second Year Courses and Outside Electives pages.

BCWRIT 517 Teaching Practicum

A practicum in which students gain theoretical and practical experience in teaching within community groups and organizations, in elementary and secondary schools, or in community colleges and universities.
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BCWRIT 520 Internship

Students conduct an internship within an organization in order to develop and extend their writing expertise. Topics and sites vary with student interest.
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BCWRIT 587 Topics in Creative Practice

Focused inquiry into one or more art or disciplinary practice and their application  for creative writing.

BCWRIT 598 Directed Research

Focused inquiry into specific research ideas, issues, or topics and selected analytical and creative methods for pursuing these.
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