Undergraduate Advisers: Mayes, Langton
Graduate Coordinator: M. Carter
Graduate Advisers: Conboy, Giles, Kim
Associate Professors—Carter, Giles, King
Assistant Professor—Conboy, Kim
Lecturers—Bailiff, Burke, Catacalos, Gluck, Harper, Shurin
M.A. in English: Concentration in Creative Writing
M.F.A. in Creative Writing
The undergraduate major combines the academic specifications of the traditional English major with the experiential needs of the writing student. Students who enter this program should do so only under the strongly held assumption that they have abilities as writers that may be fostered and trained by such a discipline as is described here. It is hoped that this combined program of writing and literature will lead students to a cohesive study and discipline that combines breadth with intensity.
Accordingly, some greater latitude of choice in literature courses is allowed in the creative writing major. Students' studies will lead them to a degree in English with a creative writing emphasis. Ample guidance of the creative writing advisers helps insure that students will not be deprived of a sense of the history of literature. In this regard they will continue to be fully qualified as potential graduate students in English as well as prepared should they wish to continue as M.A. or M.F.A. candidates in a creative writing program.
The two graduate programs differ in scope. Both programs are distinguished by innovative classes. Both include seminars, opportunities for community projects, and a thesis. Students may apply for admission to either the Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Creative Writing (30 units) or the Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (54 units). A student who applies for, but is not accepted into, the M.F.A. program may be considered for admission to the M.A. program if he or she has so indicated. In no case will a student be admitted to both programs.
The Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Creative Writing serves a double purpose: to extend and broaden the student's familiarity with literature, and to provide the help of a faculty of professional writers and critics in developing the student's own potential as a professional writer. The Creative Writing Department has a strong core faculty and invites several visiting faculty each semester.
The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing is regarded as the terminal degree in the field. It is a smaller program than the Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Creative Writing. The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing offers extended experience in small seminars and in individual instruction with faculty. It also develops the student's understanding of the history and theory of literature, and incorporates correlative patterns of study in elective areas such as other cultures, other arts, technical studies, and/or the teaching of writing.
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN ENGLISH: CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Creative Writing discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section).
Units Courses in the Creative Writing Area selected from the following: 12 CW 301 Fundamentals of Creative Writing (prerequisite to all writing courses) CW 403 Short Story Writing* CW 404 Poetry Writing* CW 405 Playwriting* CW 609 Directed Writing* CW 600 Special Problems In Writing** Courses in the Creative Process Area selected from the following: 6 CW 510 Creative Process** CW 520 Writers on Writing CW 550 Poetry Center Workshop Course in the Craft Area selected from the following 3 CW 511 Craft of Poetry CW 512 Craft of Fiction CW 513 Craft of Playwriting Courses in the Literature Area, one course to be selected from each of the following groups: 12 American Literature Sequence ENG 527 American Literature, 1860-1914 ENG 528 American Literature, 1914-1960 ENG 529 American Literature, 1960-Present The "Age of" Sequence ENG 501 Age of Chaucer ENG 509 Age of Humanism ENG 510 Age of Wit ENG 514 Age of the Romantics ENG 516 Age of the Victorians ENG 526 Age of American Renaissance The Genre Sequence ENG 550 The Rise of the Novel ENG 551 Nineteenth Century English Novel ENG 552 Modern British Novel ENG 553 Classic American Novel ENG 554 Modern American Novel ENG 555 The Short Story ENG 556 Modern American Poetry ENG 570 Medieval and Renaissance Drama ENG 571 The Tragedy of Blood, The Comedy of Humors ENG 572 English Drama: Restoration and 18th Century ENG 573 American Drama ENG 574 Modern British Drama WCL 450 Greek and Roman Drama WCL 465 Modern Greek Poetry WCL 495 Short Fiction The Individual Authors Sequence ENG 580 Individual Authors ENG 581 Chaucer: Canterbury Tales ENG 583 Shakespeare: Representative Plays ENG 584 Shakespeare: Selected Plays WCL 425 Individual Authors Courses to be taken as electives on advisement from English, World and Comparative Literature, or other departments which adviser agrees would benefit the student's development as a writer 6 Total for major 39*May be taken for three semesters of credit.
MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH: CONCENTRATION IN CREATIVE WRITING
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Creative Writing discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section). Selected upper division courses offered by the department may be used for the master's degree upon approval of a departmental adviser. Enrollment is not required in the semester of graduation.
Units Writing courses selected from the following: 9 CW 709 Projects in Creative Writing* CW 803 Advanced Short Story Writing* CW 804 Advanced Poetry Writing* CW 805 Advanced Playwriting* CW 807 Developing the Novel* CW 808 Novel Writing* CW 810 Seminar in the Creative Process** 6 Upper division or graduate literature courses in the English or World and Comparative Literature Departments, to be selected on advisement 9 CW 896 Directed Reading of Selected Authors 3 CW 893 Written M.A. Creative Project 3 Minimum total 30*May be repeated for credit with faculty approval and in accordance with the restrictions identified in the course descriptions.
Applicants from graduate programs in Creative Writing or English with Concentration in Creative Writing, or holders of M.A. degrees in these fields, may be eligible to transfer up to twenty-four units to the M.F.A. program, on review and recommendation of the Creative Writing Admissions Committee, and approval of the Admissions Office. For further clarification, contact Creative Writing Department.
Students in the Master of Arts in English with Concentration in Creative Writing at San Francisco State who wish to transfer to the M.F.A. program are required to apply for admission and are subject to the same admission standards as are all other applicants. Those admitted into the M.F.A. program must file a Request for Advancement to Classified Graduate or Credential Standing (for use by continuing graduate students only) with the Registrar's Office.
Courses for this program are listed in alphabetical sequence (see Creative Writing discipline in the "Announcement of Courses" section). Selected upper division courses offered by the department may be used for the degree upon approval of a department adviser. Enrollment is not required in the semester of graduation.
Priority is given to classified M.F.A. students accepted in the genre of the course.
Units Writing courses selected from the following and including at least six units at the M.F.A. level (CW 809, 853, 854, or 855) 18 CW 803 Advanced Short Story Writing* CW 804 Advanced Poetry Writing* CW 805 Advanced Playwriting* CW 807 Developing the Novel* CW 808 Novel Writing* CW 809 Projects in Directed Writing for M.F.A. Students* CW 853 M.F.A. Workshop in Fiction* CW 854 M.F.A. Workshop in Poetry* CW 855 M.F.A. Workshop in Playwriting* Creative Process courses 6 CW 860 Teaching Creative Writing CW 866 Craft of Translation CW 875 Community Projects in Literature CW 880 Craft and Process Tutorial in Fiction* CW 881 Craft and Process Tutorial in Poetry* CW 882 Craft and Process Tutorial in Playwriting* Literature courses or Graduate Creative Process courses 12 For students planning a culminating project in playwriting, the following courses in Theatre Arts are acceptable: TH A 460, 711, 740 Courses numbered 400 level and above may be chosen as follows: literature courses in the English Department, World and Comparative Literature, or in other departments with the consent of the M.F.A. adviser. Graduate process courses include CW 810*, 825, 830, 860, 866, 880*, 881*, 882*. Correlative courses related to the candidate's interests and planned with the approval of the M.F.A. adviser. Sequences and patterns are especially appropriate. (CW 860 is an option in this sequence.) 12 CW 893 Written M.F.A. Creative Work 6 Minimum total 54*May be repeated for credit with faculty approval and in accordance with the restrictions identified in the course descriptions.
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