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.

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)