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MFA Creative Writing Courses

CRW 230 Fiction (3)
Through both reading and writing, this class delves into considerations of elements of "style" and "voice," exploring character development, plot, dialogue, time, place, stream of consciousness, and suspension of disbelief. Type of writing may include short fiction, novel chapters, graphic novel, and speculative fiction. Focus of the course and method of instruction determined by the instructor. May be repeated as topic varies.

CRW 231 Poetry (3)
In this workshop, students will write their own poems with guidance, prompts, and forms given by the instructor. Student work will be shared in a workshop setting where all students participate. Focus of the course and method of instruction determined by the instructor. May be repeated as topic varies.

CRW 232 Writing for Screen and Television (3)
An introduction to the craft of script writing for an original motion-picture screenplay or teleplay, with emphasis on story structure, character, and the language of film. Students study produced screenplays and pilots; write exercises in character development, scene construction, dialogue, and description. Students are expected to complete first act of an original screenplay, or a treatment of two acts of an original television pilot by the end of the semester. Focus of the course and method of instruction determined by the instructor. May be repeated as topic varies.

CRW 233 Creative Non-Fiction Writing (3)
Creative non-fiction offers students the opportunity to explore several platforms for expression that may include memoir, essays, and articles. Students draw on public and private events to create stories, offer informed commentary, satire, and comedy. Focus of the course and method of instruction determined by the instructor. May be repeated as topic varies.

CRW 246 Playwriting (3)
An introduction to the craft of writing for the stage, based on the elements of the traditional stage. Students will draw upon classical forms to create plays that are suitable for the modern theatre. Focus of the course and method of instruction determined by the instructor. May be repeated as topic varies.

CRW 248 Special Topics in Creative Writing (3)
Focus of the course and method of instruction determined by the instructor. May be repeated as topic varies.

CRW 296 Thesis
Taken after the student has completed 24 units of course work. Preparation of thesis manuscript in conjunction with Thesis Director. Must be taken twice in subsequent semesters. May be repeated once for three units, after which with approval it may be repeated for 1 unit.

CRW 299C Publishing Seminar (1-3)
This seminar exposes students to the process and mechanisms associated with commercial and academic publishing across selected genres and publishing markets. Focus of the course and method of instruction determined by the instructor. May be repeated as topic varies.

For courses in Humanities and Film, see their course offerings and descriptions.