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10/1MFA 03 Writing The Memoir Essay

Course description: Recommended for bloggers, essayists, and nonfiction writers. Part of the nonfiction series. Courses may be taken in any sequence, though we recommend taking first either with a scheduled class or by independent study.
Course Length: 2 weeks
Difficulty: (1-5) 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore. Available in print and for Kindle
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Recommended Accompaniment Text: IN BRIEF Short Takes on the Personal
Print Edition only




10/1 – MFA 164 Flash Fiction – A Short Short Theory (Robert Olen Butler)

Course Description: A short short theory (Robert Olen Butler
Course Length: 2 weeks
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
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10/8 – MFA 220 Editing and Polishing

Course Description: Punctuation is power. For writers, there are two good style choices: the MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers published by the modern language Association and The Chicago Manual of Style. Either of these will serve you well, but you must find one or the other and look through it with some attention.
Course Length: 2 weeks
Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs
Hardcover only




10/8 - MFA 253 What Protagonists Want

Course Description: Everyone—real and fictional has a goal. What your protagonist wants dictates how she reacts to everything that happens to her. In stories, all other considerations bend to the protagonist's external and internal goals. This course shows how to put this into practice.
Course Length: 2 weeks
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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10/13 – L302 Middlemarch

Course Description: Students read George Elliot's Middlemarch, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 8 weeks
Difficulty: (1-5) 4
Required text: Middlemarch by George Eliot
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10/15 – MFA 165 Flash Fiction – Getting the Lead Out

Course description: Flash Fiction – Getting the Lead Out
Course length: 2 weeks
Required text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
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10/15 – MFA 04 The Classically Modern Essay

Course description: Recommended for bloggers, essayists, and nonfiction writers. This workshop is part of the MFA Nonfiction Series. Courses may be taken in any sequence, though we recommend taking MFA01 first, either with a scheduled class or by independent study.
Course length: 2 weeks
Difficulty: 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore. 
Kindle
Print

Recommended accompaniment text: IN BRIEF Short Takes on the Personal
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10/20 - L233 Chekhov Short Stories (Format and Setting)

Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions, and write a short response essay
Course Length: 2 weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Course material provided
Recommended Texts (optional): Selected Stories of Anton Chekhov
Kindle
Bringing the Devil to His Knees: The Craft of Fiction and the Writing Life
Print
Stories of Anton Chekhov (Translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
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10/22 - MFA231 Art and Artifice

Course description: Creating the best fiction requires one to employ certain techniques. When applied, the reader will find human vulnerabilities and strengths in the characters as they achieve goals and persevere through dilemmas
Course Length 2 weeks
Required Text:  Between the Lines by  Jessica Page Morrell
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10/22 - MFA254 Protagonist inner issues

Course description: New material is crafted first and foremost with an eye toward how it will fit into what’s already there because our unconscious allegiance is to what we’ve already written rather than to the story itself. Outlining can be an intuitive, creative, and inspiring process, often surprisingly shorter than you might think.
Course length: 2 weeks
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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10/27 - L310 The Moons of Jupiter – Alice Munro

Course description: Students read The Moons of Jupiter short story collection by Alice Munro along with provided material. Students will participate in weekly topic discussions, write short response papers, and submit a final writing project (based on their weekly response paper and discussions.) Course credits may be applied to MFA Literature requirements or Theory and Criticism requirements for WVU’s 3-year fiction MFA.
Course length: 6 weeks
Difficulty: 4
Required Text: The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro
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Provided Text: Alice Munro Criticism Excerpts

Online Readings: Alice Munro Paris Review interview

W. R. Martin Reference Material

Recommended Text: Alice Munro: Paradox and Parallel by W. R. Martin

W. R. Martin’s text is also available on Questia




10/29 – MFA 05 The Contemplative Essay

Course Description: Recommended for bloggers, essayists, and nonfiction writers. Part of the nonfiction series. Courses may be taken in any sequence, though we recommend taking first either with a scheduled class or by independent study.
Course length: 2 weeks
Required Text: Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-fiction by Dinty Moore
Kindle
Print

Recommended accompaniment text: IN BRIEF Short Takes on the Personal
Print only





10/29 – MFA 166 Flash Fiction – Prose Poetry

Course Description: Flash Fiction – Prose Poetry
Course Length: 2 weeks
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction
Kindle
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10/29 - L306 Swann’s Way – Proust

Course Description: Students read Marcel Proust's Swann's Way, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 8 weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: Swann's Way by Marcel Proust
Kindle
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Note: Free versions of Swann's Way are available for Kindle and on Scribd.com. These will work for the course, but the recent Lydia Davis translation is recommended.