Degree Requirements

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A minimum of 48 credit hours are required to complete the Bluegrass Writers Studio™ MFA in Creative Writing.

Full-time participants (9 credits per semester) should expect to undertake 20 to 25 hours of coursework per week. 

ENW 801                                             12 credits
ENW 810                                             12 credits
ENW 820                                             24 credits
GRD 858F                                            0 credits

TOTAL                                                48 credit hours


ENW 801: Summer MFA Residency (Course Description): 

Ten to fourteen-day writing residency involving intensive workshops, craft lectures, and readings by guest authors. May be taken up to four times. Past residencies have been held in Mexico and Scotland. Our current Summer Residencies take place in Lisbon, Portugal. An additional Summer Residency in Richmond, KY will begin in Summer 2017.

Please note that Summer Residencies last one month, and participants may elect to attend for two weeks for three credits, or the full month for six credits.

Participants must complete four sections of ENW 801 for a total of 12 hours.

If a student elects not to attend an annual Summer Residency, then the timeframe for his/her graduation will be extended. See “Suggested Curriculum” below for the most streamlined curriculum available.


ENW 810: Topics in Creative Writing (Course Description): 

A literature course for creative writers; topic focus determined by instructor. Students read extensively in contemporary literature and write critical essays in response to those readings. May be retaken up to four times. ONLINE ONLY.

Students must complete four sections of this course for a total of 12 hours.

ENW 820: MFA Writing Workshop/Mentorship (Course Description): 

Students participate in an intensive online writing workshop conducted via Blackboard, conference call, and/or other media. Students work privately with the instructor as well on a series of comprehensive revisions of their creative work. Students also read extensively in contemporary literature and craft and write critical essays in response to those readings. Students may take course up to four times. ONLINE ONLY

Students must complete four sections of this course for a total of 24 hours.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Each student’s final, fourth section of ENW 820 will be designated as the “thesis” section. For ENW 820: Thesis, students work with their thesis committee to finalize a creative thesis for defense and graduation. For the thesis section, there is no workshop component. 

ENW 820: Thesis cannot be completed unless all other program requirements are completed before or concurrently, excepting a final residency (see “Thesis” below).

Exit Requirement
GRD 858f: MFA Creative Writing Comprehensive Presentation       0 hours

Bluegrass Writers Studio™ Thesis

By the time a student has completed the fourth required section of ENW 820 MFA Writing Workshop/Mentorship (6 credits) he/she will have produced a book-length creative thesis of publishable quality. The thesis must be approved by the MFA Committee. (Detailed information concerning the preparation and submission of the creative thesis may be obtained from the MFA program coordinator.)

The final, fourth section of ENW 820 will constitute the thesis course.  See ENW 820 above for further details.

TOTAL CURRICULUM REQUIREMENTS       48 hours


SUGGESTED CURRICULUM

Below is a typical example of a schedule for a student who plans to finish the program during the two-year schedule (assuming a Fall semester start):

FALL (FIRST SEMESTER)
ENW 810 (one section, 3 credits)
ENW 820 (one section, 6 credits)

SPRING (SECOND SEMESTER)
ENW 810 (one section, 3 credits)
ENW 820 (one section, 6 credits)

SUMMER (June/July)
ENW 801 (two sections, summer residency, 6 credits)

FALL 2013 (THIRD SEMESTER)
ENW 810 (one section, 3 credits)
ENW 820 (one section, 6 credits)

SPRING 2013 (FOURTH SEMESTER)
ENW 810 (one section, 3 credits)
ENW 820 (special THESIS section, 6 credits)
GRD 858F (a non-credit "graduation" class for paperwork purposes)

SUMMER (June/July)
ENW 801 (two sections, summer residency, 6 credits)

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