MFA Writing Courses

MFA Courses and Workshops

Members have access to full course content for independent study.

Scheduled group classes range from 1 to 16 weeks in length.

 

MFA01 THE GENTLE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY
MFA02 THE PERSONAL (NOT PRIVATE) ESSAY
MFA03 WRITING THE MEMOIR ESSAY
MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay
MFA05 The Contemplative Essay
MFA050 Flash Nonfiction: Form
MFA051 Flash Nonfiction: Image and Detail
MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language
MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure
MFA054 Flash Nonfiction: Singular Moments - Against the Grain
MFA102 Sentence Structures: Propositions, Subtext and Syntax
MFA103 Creativity and the Cumulative Sentence
MFA105 Tough, Sweet and Stuffy
MFA106 Short Sentences
MFA110 Syntax, Style and Grammar
MFA112 Writing Better Sentences
MFA150 Introduction to Flash Fiction
MFA151 Flash Fiction Workshop: Vignettes
MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China
MFA153 Flash Fiction - The Myth-ing Link
MFA154 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice
MFA155 Flash Fiction - One Page Fictions
MFA156 Flash Fiction - Great Thoughts
MFA157 Flash Fiction - The Story in the Title
MFA158 Flash Fiction - Opening Up Your Writing
MFA159 Flash Fiction - Smart Surprise
MFA160 Flash Fiction - Making Flash Count
MFA161 Flash Fiction - Using Images for Inspiration
MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image
MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative
MFA164 Flash Fiction - A Short Short Theory
MFA165 Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out
MFA166 Flash Fiction - Prose Poetry
MFA167 Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger
MFA168 Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan
MFA169 Flash Fiction - Expose Yourself
MFA170 Flash Fiction - Load-bearing Sentences
MFA171 Flash Fiction - Editing and Revising
MFA172 Flash Fiction - Fixed-Form Narratives
MFA173 Flash Fiction: Doing More with Less
MFA174: Writing Flash Fiction
MFA201 Discovering the Rose in the Rubble
MFA202 Triggers
MFA203 The Mask of Fiction
MFA204 Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship
MFA205 Developing Characters
MFA206 Minor Characters
MFA207 Settings and Characters
MFA208 Difficult Characters
MFA209 Point of View Basics
MFA210 The Art of First Person
MFA211 The Art of Third Person
MFA212 What is a Plot?
MFA213 The Art of Sequencing
MFA214 Describing and Withholding
MFA215 Inflection, Tone and Pitch
MFA216 Voice and Style
MFA217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them
MFA218 Adding Humor to Fiction
MFA219 The Purpose and Practice of Revision
MFA220 Editing and Polishing
MFA231 Art and Artifice
MFA232 Backstory
MFA233 Cliffhangers and Thrusters
MFA250: How to Hook the Reader
MFA251: Story Focus
MFA252 Emotions and POV
MFA253 What Protagonists Want
MFA254 Protagonist Inner Issues
MFA255 Story Is in the Specifics
MFA256 Conflict and Change
MFA257 Cause & Effect
MFA258 Undermining Your Characters' Best-Laid Plans
MFA259 Setups to Payoffs
MFA260 Flashbacks, Subplots, and Foreshadowing
MFA261 The Writer's Brain
MFA400 Nonfiction: Telling True Stories
MFA401 Nonfiction: Invitation and Narrative
MFA402: Finding, Researching, and Reporting Topics
MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies
MFA404 Writing for Online and Print Markets
MFA500 Writing Literary Fiction
MFA503 WRITING OUTSIDE THE BOX
MFA504 A LESSON IN VOICE AND EMOTIONAL FILTER
MFA505 The Homage or Tribute Story
MFA700 Narrative Design
MFA702 Subtext
MFA703 Maps of the Imagination
MFA704 THE ART OF TIME
MFA707 Art of Reading (and Writing)
MFA750 Writing Literary Fiction - Part One
MFA751 Writing Literary Fiction - Part Two
MFA752 Writing Literary Fiction - Part Three
MFA755 Writing Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Part 1
MFA801 Six Memos
MFA802 Introdcution to Metaphor and Workshop
MFAWS213 Sequencing Workshop

UPCOMING CLASSES

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

MARCH 2017

MFA751 Writing Literary Fiction - Part Two (March 27)

L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God (March 28)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (March 29)

B101 WVU Orientation (March 29)

MFA151 Flash Fiction Workshop: Vignettes (March 30)

 

APRIL 2017

L403 The Immense Journey - Loren Eiseley (April 04)

N140 Writing the Memoir (April 05)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 05)

F188: Writing Boosters - Plot Limitations (April 05)

MFA207 Setting and Character (April 06)

MFA304 The Quatrain Part 2 (Metrical Poetry Series) (April 06)

MFA707 Art of Reading (and Writing) (April 10)

L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories (April 11)

B169: Promotional Copywriting (April 12)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 12)

F307 From Dream to Story (April 12)

MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (April 13)

MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language (April 13)

L231 Paul Yoon Short Stories (April 18)

B116 Revising and Editing (April 19)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 19)

MFA208 Difficult Characters (April 20)

MFA703 Maps of the Imagination (April 24)

L211 Poe and Hawthorne Short Works (April 25)

Fiction 190: Writing Boosters - Recipe #16 (April 26)

B101 WVU Orientation (April 26)

B302 Giving Feedback (April 26)

MFA153 Flash Fiction - The Myth-ing Link (April 27)

MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies (April 27)

 

MAY 2017

MFA708 The Difficult Imagination - Part 2 (May 01)

L301 If on a winter's night a traveler (Calvino) (May 02)

B103 Grammar (May 03)

F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas (1 Week) (May 03)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 03)

MFA209 Point of View Basics (May 04)

MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay (May 04)

B105 Punctuation (May 09)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 10)

F242: Science Fiction Workshop (May 10)

MFA154 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice (May 11)

MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms (May 11)

L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (May 16)

P166 Poetry Triggers - Line Breaks in Poetry (May 17)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 17)

B107: The Writers' Way to Creativity (May 18)

MFA05 The Contemplative Essay (May 18)

L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content) (May 23)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 24)

MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure (May 25)

B101 WVU Orientation (May 31)

P168 Poetry Triggers - Using Points of View in Poetry Part 1 (May 31)