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MFA in Creative Writing – Fiction

The center of the MFA Program in Fiction is the graduate Seminar in Writing. The seminar offers a continuing semester-by-semester opportunity for students and faculty to discuss student writing in an atmosphere of critical collaboration. In addition to workshop, students take other English graduate-level courses in literature, theory, and directed reading.

The goal of the program is to further the development of talented creative writers who will continue writing throughout their lives. Our students come to us already having demonstrated significant levels of accomplishment in their writing, and a serious long-term commitment to the craft. To maximize direct faculty-to-student instruction, the program keeps enrollment low, limiting admission to the fall semester.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Fine Arts degree is a two-year, sixty-unit degree normally requiring full-time residency. Course requirements (refer to the CSULB Catalog for course descriptions) are arranged according to the following structure:

Core Courses

39 units, to be chosen on the basis of consultation with a faculty advisor, to include:

Course Units Name
ENGL 505A,B (4,4) Seminar in Fiction Writing
ENGL 584 (3) Contemporary Literary Theory
ENGL 590A,B (3,3) Directed Reading
ENGL 598 (1-3) Directed Studies
ENGL 605A,B (4,4) Seminar in Fiction Writing
ENGL 696 (4) Seminar in Literary Criticism & Research
ENGL 698 (1-6) Thesis

Elective Courses

21 units, to be chosen on the basis of consultation with a faculty advisor, to include:

Course Units Name
ENGL 523 (3) Semantics
ENGL 526 (3) History of the English Language
ENGL 535 (3) Teaching Composition
ENGL 537 (3) Current Issues in English Language
ENGL 550 (4) Old English Language & Literature
ENGL 551 (4) Middle English Language & Literature
ENGL 552 (4) Literature of the Renaissance
ENGL 553 (4) Literature of the Late Renaissance
ENGL 554 (4) Medieval Literature of the British Isles
ENGL 555 (3) English Literature of the Enlightenment
ENGL 556 (3) English Literature of the Romantic Period
ENGL 558 (3) English Poetry & Prose of the Victorian Age
ENGL 562 (3) Chaucer
ENGL 567A,B (3,3) English Novel
ENGL 568 (3) English Drama
ENGL 574 (3) 20th Century American Literature
ENGL 575 (3) American Short Story
ENGL 576 (3) American Poetry
ENGL 577A,B (3,3) American Novel
ENGL 578 (3) American Drama
ENGL 583 (3) Special Topics in Literature
ENGL 652 (4) Seminar in English Renaissance
ENGL 653 (4) Seminar in the Age of Milton
ENGL 655 (4) Seminar in Restoration & 18th Century Literature
ENGL 656 (4) Seminar in Romantic Literature
ENGL 657 (4) Seminar in Victorian Literature
ENGL 659 (4) Seminar in 20th Century English Literature
ENGL 672 (4) Seminar in 19th Century American Renaissance
ENGL 673 (4) Seminar in American Realism
ENGL 674 (4) Seminar in 20th Century American Literature
ENGL 681 (4) Seminar in Major Authors
ENGL 683 (4) Seminar in Special Topics in Literature

 

Course Units Name
FEA 404* (3) Playwriting
THEA 380* (3) Advanced Playwriting
THEA 480* (3) Advanced Scriptwriting

* May be counted for graduate credit