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.  

NOVEMBER

L307 Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) (Nov 21)

B154 Finding Your Voice (Nov 22)

MFA233 Cliffhangers and Thrusters (Nov 23)

MFA256 Conflict and Change (Nov 23)

L402 C. S. Lewis on Literature (Nov 28)

MFA168 Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan (Nov 30)

DECEMBER

B105 Punctuation (Dec 06)

B302 Giving Feedback (Dec 06)

MFA234 Epilogues (Dec 07)

MFA257 Cause & Effect (Dec 07)

B103 Grammar (Dec 13)

B101 WVU Orientation (Dec 13)

MFA169 Flash Fiction - Expose Yourself (Dec 14)

MFA258 Undermining Your Characters' Best-Laid Plans (Dec 21)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Dec 27)

JANUARY

L304 The Death of Ivan Ilych - Tolstoy (Jan 02)

F108 Creativity In A Box (Jan 03)

B305 Dialogue - Expression (Jan 03)

P162: Poetry Triggers: Using Seasons as a Source of Inspiration (Jan 03)

MFA201 Discovering the Rose in the Rubble (Jan 04)

MFA170 Flash Fiction - Load-bearing Sentences (Jan 04)

MFA706 The Difficult Imagination - after innovative writing Part 1 (Jan 08)

MFA700 Narrative Design (Jan 08)

F176 Writing Boosters - Story Starters #1 (Jan 10)

MFA050 Flash Nonfiction: Form (Jan 11)

F264 Creature Character Development (Jan 17)

MFA202 Triggers (Jan 18)

MFA171 Flash Fiction - Editing and Revising (Jan 18)

F110 Where Creativity Lives (Jan 24)

MFA112 Writing Better Sentences (Jan 25)

L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Jan 30)

L308 One Hundred Years of Solitude (Jan 30)

F182: Writing Boosters - Story Starter #2 (Jan 31)

FEBRUARY

MFA172 Flash Fiction - Fixed-Form Narratives (Feb 01)

MFA400 Nonfiction: Telling True Stories (Feb 01)

L243 Kate Chopin Short Stories (Feb 06)

B103 Grammar (Feb 07)

F120 The Fiction Query & Synopsis: tools and tips for marketing your novel (Feb 07)

MFA203 The Mask of Fiction (Feb 08)

L401 Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion (Feb 13)

B105 Punctuation (Feb 14)

F160 Lightness and Weight in Fiction (Feb 14)

MFA173 Flash Fiction: Doing More with Less (Feb 15)

L200 Proust & Flaubert - Short Works (Feb 20)

F126 Story Structures (Feb 21)

F204 Introduction to Screenwriting (Feb 21)

MFA204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship (Feb 22)

L238 Alice Munro - Runaway (Feb 27)