Augsburg University

Minnesota, United States

Residential program

Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing

The MFA at Augsburg University is designed to accommodate writers who work full-time, live outside of Minnesota, or simply desire the flexibility of a low-residency experience. This two-year program offers one-on-one work with mentors throughout the year, features an annual ten-day summer residency, and provides the opportunity to join a lifelong community of writers.

Tentative dates for the 2018 Summer Residency are Thursday, July 19-Sunday, July 29.

Genres

• Fiction

• Poetry

• Creative Nonfiction

• Screenwriting

• Playwriting

Concentrations

• Publishing

• Teaching

• Translation

Features

• Two-Year Low-Residency Program

• Annual Summer Residency

• Online Classrooms

• One-on-One Mentor Work

• Student to Mentor Ratio = 5 to 1

• Howling Bird Press Book Prize

The full degree program includes three summer residencies in Minneapolis, where students participate in daily workshops, readings, and mini-courses that focus on literary craft, all including visits by distinguished writers in each genre. After the first and second residencies, students spend two semesters engaged in online courses work and one-on-one instruction with their faculty mentor, sending their writing and receiving feedback on a regular basis.

Online Classrooms

In the electronic classrooms, students meet online with mentors and fellow students to read and discuss common texts, engage in critical analysis, and explore elements of craft. The online classroom offers an opportunity to continue conversations with members of the MFA community

Students may opt to complete career concentrations in teaching, publishing and translation and global writing. Students may also extend their studies beyond their core requirements to delve more deeply into their own genre or add a second genre.

Howling Bird Press Book Prize

Students enrolled in the publishing career concentration work with faculty experienced in book publishing, serving as the editorial staff of a small press engaged in the annual publication of a work selected as the winner of the Howling Bird Press Book Prize. The Howling Bird Press Book Prize competition awards publication of one book of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction in alternating years. The annual book prize is open to submissions nationally.

Graduate mentors include: Karen Babine, Jeremy Bandow, Jim Cihlar, Stephan Clark, Cass Dalglish, Heid Erdrich, Carson Kreitzer, Sarah Myers, Sun Yung Shin, Lindsay Starck & Cary Waterman.

Undergraduate

The Undergraduate English Writing Concentrations at Augsburg are for students who intend to work in fiction poetry creative nonfiction, screenwriting and playwriting and develop professional skills in media writing. Writing courses are taught by dedicated professors who are practicing writers themselves The writing concentration offers courses of study cross-listed with Art, Communication Studies, Film, and Theater Arts.

Contact Information

2211 Riverside Avenue
CB 318
Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
55454-1350
Phone: (612) 330-1615
Email: starckl@augsburg.edu
www.augsburg.edu/mfa/



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Robert Cowgill
Associate Professor and Chair
2211 Riverside Ave
CB 30
Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
55454-1350
Email: liddle@augsburg.edu
URL: web.augsburg.edu/~liddle/

Undergraduate Program Director

Robert Cowgill
Associate Professor and Chair
2211 Riverside Ave
CB 30
Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
55454-1350
Email: liddle@augsburg.edu
URL: web.augsburg.edu/~liddle/

The English Writing concentration is for students who intend to develop professional skills in either Creative Writing or Media Writing. Over the course of their study, students will master terminology; understand historical, legal, and ethical issues relevant to the field; and study the works of established writers and professionals. The writing major emphasizes expanding competencies in observation, research, and analysis that enable writers to gather material from a variety of sources and perspectives for their work. Writing majors will understand the interdisciplinary demands inherent in creative and media writing (including issues of design) and will enhance their appreciation of the aesthetic possibilities inherent in the writing life.

Writing courses are taught by dedicated professors who are practicing writers themselves. The writing concentration offers courses of study cross-listed with Art, Communication Studies, and Theater Arts. Our Creative Writing majors are actively involved in, edit, and publish Augsburg's literary magazine "Murphy Square"; many publish professionally as well and participate in internships in the Twin Cities.

English Writing Concentration

Students must take 10 or 11 courses above ENL 111, or HON 111, or ENL 112, including three Literature, Language, and Theory courses. At least one of these must be at the 300-level or higher.

Creative Writing Emphasis

Two introductory writing courses at the 200-level:

* ENL 226 (required)

* and either ENL 220 or 221.

And a 300 level writing sequence:

* Either Fiction I and Fiction II (ENL 320 and 321), or Poetry I and Poetry II (ENL 322 and 323).

And one elective from the following:

* ENL 227;

* ENL 228;

* ENL 320 or ENL 322;

* ENL 324;

* ENL/FLM 328;

* ENL/THR 325;

an approved ACTC creative writing course; or an internship.

And ENL 420, the Keystone writing course.

An additional art class is required, either Web Design I (ART 215) or Graphic Design (ART 225).

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Credits
Literature: 1
Other: 5
Thesis: 3
Total Units for Degree: 36
Other Requirements: We also require one art course in either Graphic or Web Design for the English Major in Creative Writing. Foreign language is a college graduation requirement, not a departmental one. Please note that at Augsburg each full-semester course constitutes a credit.

Undergraduate Program Director

Robert Cowgill
Associate Professor and Chair
2211 Riverside Ave
CB 30
Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
55454-1350
Email: liddle@augsburg.edu
URL: web.augsburg.edu/~liddle/

Graduate Program Director

Stephan Eirik Clark
Professor and MFA Director
2211 Riverside Ave.
CB 318
Minneapolis
Minnesota, United States
55454-1350
Email: clarks@augsburg.edu
URL: http://stephaneirikclark.com/

Low-residency MFA, Summer Residency, Online Classes and

5:1 mentorship

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Genres: Fiction, Literary Translation, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
Unit of Measure: Hours
Application Requirements: Other




FACULTY

Karen Babine

MFA Mentor of Creative Nonfiction

Author of: "Water and What We Know: Following the Roots of a Northern Life", winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for creative nonfiction.

http://www.karenbabine.com/


Jeremy Bandow

MFA Mentor of Screenwriting

Bandow got his start in Hollywood working on HBO movie promos, music videos and car commercials and is now living with his family in Minneapolis, Minnesota, teaching screenwriting at a local college, supporting the blossoming local independent movie scene, as well as writing, producing, and directing documentaries and narrative feature films.

Nicholl Fellow.


Jim Cihlar

MFA Mentor in the Publishing Concentration

Author of "Rancho Nostalgia", "Undoing", "A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter" and more.

http://jimcihlar.com/


Stephan Clark

Associate Professor of English

MFA Director and Mentor of Screenwriting and FIction

Author of "Vladimir's Mustache", "Sweetness #9", and more.

http://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/clarks/


Cass Dalglish

Professor Emerita of English

MFA Mentor of Fiction

Author of "Humming the Blues", "Nin", "Sweetgrass" (MN Bk Award nominee) and more.

2011 Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Mentoring

http://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/dalglish/


Heid Erdrich

MFA Mentor of Poetry and Multi-Genre

Author of "Curator of Ephemera at the New Museum for Archaic Media", "Original Local: Indigenous Foods, Stories and Recipes" and many books of poetry. Heid’s writing has won numerous awards as have her collaborative poem films.

http://heiderdrich.com/


Douglas Green

Professor of English

MFA Mentor in Teaching Concentration

2007 Distinguished Contribution to Teaching and Learning Award

http://www.augsburg.edu/academics/english/index.html


Carson Kreitzer

MFA Mentor of Playwriting

Author of "SELF DEFENSE and other Plays", "The Love Song of J Robert Oppenheimer", "SELF DEFENSE or death of some salesmen" and more.

http://www.carsonkreitzer.com/


Sarah Myers

Associate Professor

Chair of Theater Arts

Serves as the writer-adapter for Sod House Theater in the Twin Cities.

http://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/myerss/


Sun Yung Shin

MFA Mentor of Poetry

Editor of the best-selling anthology, "A Good Time for the Truth: Race in Minnesota", author of "Unbearable Splendor" (finalist for the 2017 PEN USA Literary Award for Poetry, winner of the 2016 Minnesota Book Award for poetry); "Rough, and Savage" and more.

http://www.sunyungshin.com/


Lindsay Starck

Assistant Professor of English

Associate MFA Director and Mentor in Fiction

Author of "Noah's Wife".

http://www.lindsaystarck.com/


Kathryn Swanson

Professor of English

Research interests lie in composition theory and pedagogy, especially gender differences in students’ writing and responses to writing.

http://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/swanson/


Cary Waterman

Assistant Professor of English

MFA Mentor of Poetry, Memoir and Creative Nonfiction

Author of "Book of Fire" (2011, finalist for the Midwest Book Award), "When I Looked Back You Were Gone" (finalist for the Minnesota Book Award), and more.

http://www.augsburg.edu/faculty/waterman/





COMMUNITY

Visiting Writers have included:

Jacob M. Appel

Remy Auberjonois

Kate Bernheimer

Deboarh Blum

Greg Breining

Kristoffer Diaz

Christina Ham

Jean Harper

Sean Hill

Pam Houston

Carson Kreitzer

Christina Lazaridi

Ed Bok Lee

Alex Lemon

Kate Nowlin

Benjamin Percy

Ken Rance

Harrison Rivers

Sue William Silverman

Patricia Smith

Michael Starrbury

Marcie Vogel

Helene Wecker

Bill Wheeler

Summer Residency Reading Series (http://www.augsburg.edu/mfa/2016-summer-residency/)