University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee

Wisconsin, United States

Residential program

The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing (Plan C), a studio/academic program. The emphasis is on the writing of fiction or poetry or both, with supplemental courses in literature. The cornerstone of the program is a 2-semester sequence in either fiction or poetry. The first semester ("Narrative Craft and Theory" or "Poetic Craft and Theory") introduces the student to a broad range of literary techniques and models and to the practice of criticism at the graduate level. The second semester ("Seminar in Fiction Writing" or "Seminar in Poetry Writing") provides a graduate-level workshop in which student manuscripts are discussed. Each of the four courses may be repeated, with a change in subtitle, up to three times. In addition, students are required to take at least two literature courses (6 s/hrs) from department courses providing graduate-level introductions to the study of English. The program also provides a variety of options in creative writing and other areas. Students may take workshops in fiction, poetry, or expository writing and special workshops which cover other forms and genres (e.g., personal journalism, creative nonfiction). Courses are also available in the teaching of writing, business and technical writing, article writing, digital writing, literary criticism, and formal academic research and writing. Creative writing students may also take courses in the department's large programs in Rhetoric and Composition; Professional Writing; Literature and Cultural Theory; and Media, Cinema and Digital Studies.

The most important feature of the program is the final project ("thesis") - a substantial collection of fiction, poetry, or creative nonfiction, which grows out of the student's course work and independent study. The student's adviser will assist in the planning and development of this project, which is then submitted to a three-person committee for evaluation. An informal colloquium ("oral examination") concludes the student's work in the program.

The Department of English also offers a limited number of students the option of a creative dissertation in the English doctoral program. Students must meet the academic standards of the program in literature (as demonstrated by previous course work, GRE scores, writing samples, and, for those who are finishing their MA at UWM, a qualifying examination); they must also show exceptional promise as creative writers with the expectation of substantial publication before the completion of the doctorate. It is assumed that students applying to this program wish to enter careers as college teachers and mean to compete for academic positions with the best writers and scholars produced by American graduate schools.

Students in the doctoral program may take more creative writing as well as literature courses, including 12 s/hrs at the graduate seminar level. A major portion of the student's course work in literature should be selected in preparation for the first part of the preliminary examination - a written exam covering a literary period, genre, or special topic which the student has designated as a supplemental teaching area. A second, oral part of the examination covers not only the literary texts the student has studied but also his/her plans for the creative dissertation. Students interested in teaching composition or applied writing may include work in those areas in their program of study. Each student is advised by a three-member advisory board, which normally serves as the nucleus of the student's dissertation committee.

The program publishes a national literary magazine, the cream city review, which is edited by graduate students and advised by a faculty board.


Contact Information

3243 N Downer Avenue
English Department, Curtin Hall 586
Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
53211
Phone: 414-517-8756
Email: maurice@uwm.edu
Fax: 414-229-2643
http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/grad/c-creative/index.cfm



DEGREE PROGRAMS

Undergraduate Program Director

Maurice Kilwein-Guevara
Professor
The Creative Writing Program
Department of English
Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
53201-0413
Email: maurice@uwm.edu

Graduate Program Director

Marice Kilwein-Guevara
Professor
The Creative Writing Program
Department of English
Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
53201-0413
Email: maurice@uwm.edu

The Department of English offers a Master of Arts degree in Creative Writing (Plan C), a studio/academic program. The emphasis is on the writing of fiction or poetry or both, with supplemental courses in literature. The cornerstone of the program is a 2-semester sequence in either fiction or poetry. The first semester ("Narrative Craft and Theory" or "Poetic Craft and Theory") introduces the student to a broad range of literary techniques and models and to the practice of criticism at the graduate level. The second semester ("Seminar in Fiction Writing" or "Seminar in Poetry Writing") provides a graduate-level workshop in which student manuscripts are discussed in the context of the preceding course. Each of the four courses may be repeated, with a change in subtitle, up to three times. In addition, students are required to take at least two literature courses (6 s/hrs) from department courses providing graduate-level introductions to the study of English. The program also provides a variety of options in creative writing and other areas. Students may take workshops in fiction, poetry, or expository writing and special workshops which cover other forms and genres (e.g., autobiography, personal journalism, creative nonfiction). Courses are also available in the teaching of writing, in business and technical writing, in article writing, in literary criticism, and formal academic research and writing. Creative writing students may also take courses in the department's large programs in Rhetoric and Composition, Professional Writing, and Modern Studies.

The most important feature of the program is the final project ("thesis") - a substantial collection of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, which grows out of the student's course work and independent study. The student's adviser will assist in the planning and development of this project, which is then submitted to a three-person committee for evaluation. An informal colloquium ("oral examination") concludes the student's work in the program.

The Department of English also offers a limited number of students the option of a creative dissertation in the English doctoral program. Students must meet the academic standards of the program in literature (as demonstrated by previous course work, GRE scores, and a qualifying examination); they must also show exceptional promise as creative writers with the expectation of substantial publication before the completion of the doctorate. It is assumed that students applying to this program wish to enter careers as college teachers and mean to compete for academic positions with the best writers and scholars produced by American graduate schools.

Students in the doctoral program may take more creative writing as well as literature courses, including 12 s/hrs at the graduate seminar level. A major portion of the student's course work in literature should be selected in preparation for the first part of the preliminary examination - a written exam covering a literary period, genre, or special topic which the student has designated as a supplemental teaching area. A second, oral part of the examination covers the student's plans for the creative dissertation. Students interested in teaching composition or applied writing may include work in those areas in their program of study. Each student is advised by a three-member advisory board, which normally serves as the nucleus of the student's dissertation committee.

The program publishes a national literary magazine, the Cream City Review, which is edited by graduate students and advised by a faculty board.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 15
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
In State Tuition 8956
Out of State Tuition 18300
Duration of Study: 2 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Workshop: 12
Literature: 6
Other: 6
Thesis: 6
Total Units for Degree: 30
Other Requirements: Directed study, final project, exam
Application Deadline Fall: 12/15/2015
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter, Other

Graduate Program Director

Marice Kilwein-Guevara
Professor
The Creative Writing Program
Department of English
Milwaukee
Wisconsin, United States
53201-0413
Email: maurice@uwm.edu

The Department of English offers a Doctor of Philosophy degree in English with a Concentration in Creative Writing (Plan C), a studio/academic program. The emphasis is on the writing of fiction or poetry or both with additional substantial work in the study of literature and literary criticism/theory. The cornerstone of the program is a 2-semester sequence in either fiction or poetry. The first semester ("Narrative Craft and Theory" or "Poetic Craft and Theory") introduces the student to a broad range of literary techniques and models and to the practice of criticism at the graduate level. The second semester ("Seminar in Fiction Writing" or "Seminar in Poetry Writing") provides a graduate-level workshop in which student manuscripts are discussed. In addition, students are required to take at least 24 credit/hrs. of literature, 12 credit/hrs. in graduate level creative writing courses, and 12 credit/hrs. in electives, including those that may be transferred in from the student’s MA or MFA degree. The program provides a variety of options in creative writing and other areas. Students may take workshops in fiction, poetry, or expository writing and special workshops, which cover other forms and genres (e.g., autobiography, personal journalism, creative nonfiction). Courses are also available in the teaching of writing, in business and technical writing, in article writing, in literary criticism, and in formal academic research and writing. Creative writing students may also take courses in the department's large programs in Rhetoric and Composition; Professional Writing; Cultural Theory; and Media, Cinema and Digital Studies.

A major portion of the student's course work in literature should be selected in preparation for the first part of the preliminary examination - a written exam covering a literary period, genre, or special topic which the student has designated as a supplemental teaching area. A second, oral part of the examination covers the student's plans for the creative dissertation—a substantial collection of fiction, poetry, or nonfiction, which grows out of the student's course work and independent study. The student's adviser will assist in the planning and development of this project, which is then submitted to a five-person committee for evaluation. Students interested in teaching composition or applied writing may include work in those areas in their program of study. Each student is advised by a three-member advisory board, which normally serves as the nucleus of the student's dissertation committee.

Applicants must meet the academic standards of the program in literature (as demonstrated by previous course work, GRE scores, and critical writing samples); they must also show exceptional promise as creative writers with the expectation of substantial publication before the completion of the doctorate. It is assumed that students applying to this program wish to enter careers as college teachers and mean to compete for academic positions with the best writers and scholars produced by American graduate schools.

The program publishes a national literary magazine, the Cream City Review, which is edited by graduate students and advised by a faculty board.

Type of Program: Studio/Research
Largest Class Size: 12
Smallest Class Size: 12
Genres: Fiction, Professional Writing (technical writing, PR, etc.), Criticism & Theory, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry
In State Tuition 9058
Out of State Tuition 18836
Duration of Study: 5 years
Unit of Measure: Credits
Foreign Language: Reading knowledge demonstrated through either coursework or exam
Criticism and Theory: Can be taken as part of Lit. credits.
Composition Rhetoric: 4 in Pedagogy for TA's
Workshop: 18
Literature: 24
Other: 12
Total Units for Degree: 54
Other Requirements: Directed study, Doctoral preliminary exam, Dissertation, Reading Knowledge of a Foreign Language
Application Deadline Fall: 12/15/2015
Application Requirements: Transcripts, Writing Sample, Application Form, Letters of Recommendation, GRE, Cover Letter, Other




FACULTY

Kimberly Blaeser

Apprenticed to Justice, Absentee Indians and other Poems

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/people/faculty/blaeser.cfm


Liam Callanan

Listen and Other Stories, All Saints, The Cloud Atlas

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/people/faculty/callanan.cfm


Brenda Cardenas

Boomerang, From the Tongues of Brick and Stone

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/people/faculty/cardenas.cfm


George Clark

The Raw Man: A Novel, The Small Bees' Honey: Stories

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/people/faculty/gclark.cfm


Rebecca Dunham

Cold Pastoral, Glass Armonica, Fascicle, The Flight Cage, The Miniature Room

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/people/faculty/dunham.cfm


Maurice Kilwein Guevara

Poema, Autobiography of So-and-So: Poems in Prose, Poems of the River Spirit, Postmortem

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/people/faculty/kilwein.cfm


Valerie Laken

Separate Kingdoms: Stories, Dream House

http://www4.uwm.edu/letsci/english/people/faculty/laken.cfm





COMMUNITY

cream city review

Furrow: Undergraduate Literary Magazine

Visiting Writers (for short periods, which include presenting readings, craft talks, and/or one-day workshops) have included Juan Felipe Herrera, Ramona Ausubel, Paisley Rekdal, Margot Livesey, Jesse Lee Kercheval, Gabrielle Calvocoressi, Carmen Gimenez Smith, Dawn Lundy Martin, Peter Rock, Daniel Borzutzky, Ken Barris, Pete Fromm, Eric Pankey, Arthur Sze, Chase Twitchell, Matthew Zapruder, Matthea Harvey, C.D. Wright, Nicole Cooley, Jesse Lee Kercheval, David Kherdian, Pam Houston, Jean Thompson, George Bowering, Robert Olen Butler, Kyoko Mori, Carolyn Knox, Ron Tanner, Adam Johnson, Robert Coover, Nega Mezlekia, Charles Bernstein, Cornelius Eady, and Galway Kinnell, among others.

United We Read: Graduate Student/Faculty Reading Series (http://uwm.edu/english/graduate/graduate-plans/creative-writing/creative-writing-events/)

The Boudreaux Poetry Series (https://www.facebook.com/UWMEnglish)