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graduate writing course

Thesis

A sample of a book-length, publishable project of prose or poetry supervised by the department chair and faculty.  The work (40-50pgs. of prose, 20-30 pgs. of poetry) is submitted to a faculty committee of the student’s choosing for final approval.

Publishing Practices

An optional year-long course directed toward the contemporary world of publishing, as well as working on our writing program’s literary tabloid, OR, the Otis Books/Seismicity Editions imprint.

Visiting Writers Lectures

A bi-weekly lecture series featuring visiting poets, fiction writers and essayists from the U.S. and abroad who read and discuss their own work and aspects of contemporary literary culture. A question and answer period follows each talk.

Literary Seminar

These in-depth seminars focus on particular issues or currents in contemporary fiction and poetry, with topics selected from various international literary traditions (e.g., “Poetry’s Public” or “The Ethics of Fiction”)or monographic courses on such figures as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, or Eudora Welty.

Prose/Poetry Workshop III/IV

A two-year workshop sequence in the student’s area of emphasis, i.e. fiction, poetry, non-fiction. Also, as part of the course, the student may meet with the program director and other graduate faculty during the semester.

Publishing Practices

An optional year-long course directed toward the contemporary world of publishing, as well as working on our writing program’s literary tabloid, OR, the Otis Books/Seismicity Editions imprint.

Visiting Writers Lectures

A bi-weekly lecture series featuring visiting poets, fiction writers and essayists from the U.S. and abroad who read and discuss their own work and aspects of contemporary literary culture. A question and answer period follows each talk.

Translation Seminar

This course is a study of literary translation and its radical impact on English-language poetry and fiction. Poetry or fiction translation is an option for the critical essay in this course. Students, in either case, acquire first-hand knowledge of literary traditions outside that of Anglo-American literature.

Literary Seminar

These in-depth seminars focus on particular issues or currents in contemporary fiction and poetry, with topics selected from various international literary traditions (e.g., “Poetry’s Public” or “The Ethics of Fiction”)or monographic courses on such figures as Gertrude Stein, William Faulkner, Ezra Pound, James Joyce, or Eudora Welty.

Prose/Poetry Workshop I/II

A two-year workshop sequence in the student’s area of emphasis, i.e. fiction, poetry, non-fiction. Also, as part of the course, the student may meet with the program director and other graduate faculty during the semester.