WVU MFA Courses

CERTIFICATES

Writers’ Village University currently offers four certificate programs: Fiction MFA, Short Story MFA, Nonfiction MFA and Creative Writing. MFA Program courses are facilitated by experienced volunteers. All courses and workshops are included with WVU Memberships at no extra charge. 

WVU Fiction MFA

WVU’s Fiction MFA is modeled on graduate-level university programs. A full-time student typically takes three courses per semester for 3 years (six 16-week semesters). WVU works differently; our courses vary in length according to the subject. For MFA students, courses are grouped by the semester. For example, eight 2-week courses equal a one-semester course. Likewise, two 4-week courses plus one 8-week course equal a one-semester course.

Part time students may take classes according to their schedules. There is no time limit to complete the program.

WVU’s Fiction MFA program includes advanced workshops and a balance of craft and literature courses. This is our most comprehensive program with six 16-week semesters

Short Story MFA

Our Short Story MFA is a 2-year program with a balance of craft and literature courses. 

Nonfiction MFA

Our Nonfiction MFA is a 2-year program with a balance of craft, research, marketing and literature courses. It begins January 28, 2016.

Creative Writing Certificate

Our Creative Writing Certificate is a 1-year program is for beginners.


Congratulations to Philip Bernhardt (PhilipM) on being the first to complete a One-Year Creative Writing Certificate from Writers’ Village University. “I began pursuing the Certificate as soon as it was offered,” sais Phil. “Not only has it helped my writing, but it has opened the door to a huge number of authors I never would’ve read.”

A Hoosier, Phil’s been a Virginia resident since 1976. He and his wife of forty-seven years raised two sons and a daughter and, over the years, have called California, Illinois, Georgia, and Maryland ‘home’. The youngest of their granddaughters will graduate from college this spring.

Phil retired from the Navy as a Master Chief Petty Officer (E-9) after twenty years of service, including duty on board an aircraft carrier, two amphibious assault ships, and a submarine. “The submarine was the best sea duty,” he says. And the best shore duty? “Being on Presidents Carter and Reagan's staff at Camp David.”

Phil holds BA, MBA and MS degrees in accounting with, he says “an average time between completion of thirteen years.” Following his military duty, he spent three years as a legislative assistant to a state delegate, two years selling booze at Virginia's Alcoholic Beverage Control--“a great job for a former sailor”-- and several years working as a contract writer working on proposals, financial estimates, and conducting financial analyses.

When he’d had enough of the Federal contracting system, Phil taught college accounting and became a university administrator, and eventually dropped out of the workforce to try his hand at writing.

In 2011, an online ad for F2K landed him in the WVU halls. He credits his first mentor (or ‘tormentor’, as he insists she called herself), Janet, for leading him in the right direction and showing him “how little I knew about fiction.” Fortunately, that didn’t deter Phil, though he adds that “Writing well may be the most difficult job I've attempted.”

When he’s not reading all those new authors, or writing, Phil spends his time working through the ‘honey-do’ list as a priority, he claims. He’s also managed to go back to golf after a thirty-year hiatus, and is now taking photography classes through Great Courses. “Photography is learned and practiced, much like writing,” he says.

Congratulations, Phil, on leading the way!

 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

 New Classes Begin Every Week.
All courses are free to members.  

MFA756: Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Workshop (October 16)
L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (October 17)
B101 WVU Orientation (October 18)
B103 Grammar (October 18)
N142 Journal-Keeping (October 18)
MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay (October 19)
MFA165 Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out (October 19)
F162 Character Driven Plots - The Big 5 (October 25)
B101 WVU Orientation (October 25)
MFA254 Protagonist Inner Issues (October 26)
MFA 231 Art & Artifice (October 26)
L306 Swann's Way - Proust (October 31)
B304 Adjectives and Adverbs - The Pros and Cons (Nov 01)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 01)
MFA05 The Contemplative Essay (Nov 02)
MFA166 Flash Fiction - Prose Poetry (Nov 02)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 08)
MFA255 Story Is in the Specifics (Nov 09)
MFA232 Backstory (Nov 09)
L311 W. W. Jacobs Short Stories (1 Week) (Nov 14)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 15)
B303 Point of View (Nov 15)
MFA167 Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger (Nov 16)
L307 Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) (Nov 21)
B154 Finding Your Voice (Nov 22)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 22)
MFA256 Conflict and Change (Nov 23)
L402 C. S. Lewis on Literature (Nov 28)
B101 WVU Orientation (Nov 29)
MFA168 Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan (Nov 30)