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.


 

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

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

February

MFA204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship (Feb 22)
L238 Alice Munro - Runaway (Feb 27)
F180: Writing Boosters - Writing with Rules #1 (Feb 28)
B101 WVU Orientation (Feb 28)

March

MFA302 The Quatrain Part 1 (Metrical Poetry Series) (Mar 01)
MFA174: Writing Flash Fiction (Mar 01)
MFA110 Syntax, Style and Grammar (Mar 01)
F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form (Mar 07)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 07)
MFA205 Developing Characters (Mar 08)
MFA051 Flash Nonfiction: Image and Detail (Mar 08)
L143: Brave New World (Mar 13)
F300 Crafting Stories for Children (Mar 14)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 14)
MFA150 Introduction to Flash Fiction (Mar 15)
L246 Lydia Davis and Lucia Berlin (Short Story Workshop) (Mar 20)
L403 The Immense Journey - Loren Eiseley (Mar 20)
F164 The Single Effect Theory (Edgar Allan Poe) (Mar 21)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 21)
MFA206 Minor Characters (Mar 22)
L232 Kevin Moffett & Nam Le Short Stories (Mar 27)
L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God (Mar 27)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 28)
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Mar 28)
MFA151 Flash Fiction Workshop: Vignettes (Mar 29)

April

N140 Writing the Memoir (Apr 04)
F188: Writing Boosters - Plot Limitations (Apr 04)
B103 Grammar (Apr 04)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 04)
MFA207 Setting and Character (Apr 05)
L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories (Apr 10)
F307 From Dream to Story (Apr 11)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 11)
MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language (Apr 12)
MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (Apr 12)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 18)
MFA208 Difficult Characters (Apr 19)
MFA703 Maps of the Imagination (Apr 23)
L211 Poe and Hawthorne Short Works (Apr 24)
Fiction 190: Writing Boosters - Recipe #16 (Apr 25)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 25)
B105 Punctuation (Apr 25)
MFA153 Flash Fiction - The Myth-ing Link (Apr 26)
MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies (Apr 26)

MAY

L301 If on a winter's night a traveler (Calvino) (May 01)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 02)
B304 Adjectives and Adverbs - The Pros and Cons (May 02)
F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas (1 Week) (May 02)
MFA209 Point of View Basics (May 03)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 09)
F242: Science Fiction Workshop (May 09)
MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms (May 10)
MFA154 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice (May 10)
L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (May 15)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 16)
B303 Point of View (May 16)
B107: The Writers' Way to Creativity (May 16)
P166 Poetry Triggers - Line Breaks in Poetry (May 16)
MFA210 The Art of First Person (May 17)
L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content) (May 22)
F174: Writing Booster Workshop - Opposites Attract and Repel (May 23)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 23)
MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure (May 24)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 30)
P168 Poetry Triggers - Using Points of View in Poetry Part 1 (May 30)