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A List of Upcoming Classes

 

October 1, 2019 - L243 Kate Chopin Short Stories

Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 1 Week
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Text Provided

  

October 3, 2019 - MFA03 Writing the Memoir 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 (1-5): 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore
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October 3, 2019 - MFA164 Flash Fiction - A Short Short Theory (Robert Olen Butler)
Course Description: Flash Fiction - A Short Short Theory (Robert Olen Butler).
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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October 10, 2019 - MFA220 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
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Creating Fiction: Instructions and Insights from Teachers of the Associated Writing Programs
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October 10, 2019 - MFA253 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. (This is the 3rd of 12 independent MFA courses using Wired for Story.)
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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October 15, 2019 - 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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October 17, 2019 - MFA04 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 (1-5): 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore.
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October 17, 2019 - MFA165 Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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October 22, 2019 - L233 Chekhov Short Stories (Form 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
Required Text: Text Provided

 


October 24, 2019 - MFA 231 Art & Artifice
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 10-part series (MFA231 - MFA240) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more .
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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October 24, 2019 - 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
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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October 29, 2019 - 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 papers 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 (1-5): 4
Required Text: The Moons of Jupiter by Alice Munro
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October 31, 2019 - MFA166 Flash Fiction - Prose Poetry
Course Description: Flash Fiction Prose Poetry, and Men Jumping Out of Windows – Kim Chinquee.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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October 31, 2019 - 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.
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October 31, 2019 - MFA05 The Contemplative 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 (1-5): 3
Required Text: Crafting The Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction by Dinty W. Moore.
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November 5, 2019 - L315 Midnight's Children - Rushdie
Course Description: Students read Salman Rushdie's Midnight's Children, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: Midnight's Children by Salman Rushdie.
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November 7, 2019 - MFA232 Backstory
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 14-part series (MFA231 - MFA244) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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November 7, 2019 - MFA255 Story Is in the Specifics
Course Description: Learn how to make generalities specific. Abstract concepts, generalities, and conceptual notions have a hard time engaging us. Because we can't see them, feel them, or otherwise experience them we tend to find abstract concepts boring. This course will help bring your stories to life.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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November 12, 2019 - L311 W. W. Jacobs Short Stories
Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions, and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 1 Week
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Required text is provided.

 

November 14, 2019 - MFA356: Shaping Forms
Course Description: MFA356, Shaping Forms, is the second in a series of 2 courses that introduces traditional poetic forms. This course includes Blank Verse, Heroic Couplet, the Elegy, the Pastoral, the Ode, and Open Forms, and a two-week workshop. Each week focuses on one form and includes reading its history and its contemporary context, and a "close-up" of an individual poet. The writing assignment is to write one poem using its formal characteristics.
Course Length: 8 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: THE MAKING OF A POEM: A Norton Anthology of Poetic Forms
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November 14, 2019 - MFA167 Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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November 19, 2019 - L307 Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)
Course Description: Students read Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 4 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf.
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November 21, 2019 - MFA233 Cliffhangers and Thrusters
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 10-part series (MFA231 - MFA240) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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November 21, 2019 - MFA256 Conflict and Change
Course Description: Learn why conflict and change in different in fiction than in real life, and how to use this understanding in your stories.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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November 28, 2019 - MFA168 Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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December 5, 2019 - MFA257 Cause & Effect
Course Description: Learn how to create a story the reader will care about by following an emotional cause-and-effect trajectory.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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December 5, 2019 - MFA234 Epilogues
Course Description: Master the subtle elements of fiction writing. In this 10-part series (MFA231 - MFA240) you'll learn about:
Using emotional bombshells, surprises, and interruptions to intensify cliffhangers
Enlarging your story world through the use of layered subplots
Building suspense one scene at a time to maximize emotional payoff
Anchoring your premise to your protagonist's character arc
Transitioning into and out of flashbacks without interrupting the mood of your story and more .
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Between the Lines by Jessica Page Morrell
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December 12, 2019 - MFA169 Flash Fiction - Expose Yourself
Course Description: Flash Fiction - Expose Yourself to Flash.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: The Rose Metal Press Field Guide to Writing Flash Fiction: Tips from Editors, Teachers, and Writers in the Field
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December 17, 2019 - L116: Virginia Woolf - Short Works
Course Description: Students may participate in selected readings and topic discussions on bulletin boards. Optional chats are available at the beginning and end of the course for questions and observations. Students have the choice of writing a review, an analysis of a specific element of fiction or a biography of the author. Selected works from the class will be included in our library for the benefit of future students.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Required text is provided.

 



December 19, 2019 - MFA258 Undermining Your Characters' Best-Laid Plans
Course Description: Dos and Don'ts for Undermining Your Characters Best-Laid Plans.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Wired for Story by Lisa Cron
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December 23, 2019 - L237 Ray Bradbury Short Stories
Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and topic discussions, and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 3
Required Text: Required text is provided.

 

December 31, 2019 - L304 The Death of Ivan Ilych – Tolstoy
Course Description: Students read Tolstoy's The Death of Ivan Ilych, participate in weekly topic discussions, and write a short response paper.
Course Length: 4 Weeks
Difficulty (1-5): 4
Required Text: The Death of Ivan Ilych by Leo Tolstoy
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