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The lo-res format of the MFA should give writers a chance to develop strategies and practice writing habits they can expect as professionals — it’s all about time management. Share your tips or challenges to stay on the page!

A forum for “talking shop” about screenwriting. Share ideas about the craft, or ask questions and use this space to discuss bringing words to screen.

A forum for “talking shop” about poetry. Share ideas reinvigorating poetry for modern audiences, or ask questions and use this space to discuss the craft.

Here’s a forum designed to “talk shop” or ask questions about genre fiction writing. What would you like to talk about?

A forum for discussing the focus and goals of the Certificate of Publishing at Western. Concentration Coordinators:  Teresa Milbrodt and Dr. Terry Schliesman.

A forum for discussing the focus and goals of the Screenwriting Concentration for Western’s MFA in Creative Writing. Concentration Coordinator: Jack Lucido.

A forum for discussing the focus and goals of the Mainstream/Genre Fiction Concentration for Western’s MFA in Creative Writing. Concentration Coordinator: Dr. Barbara Chepaitis.

A forum for discussing the focus and goals of the Poetry Concentration for Western’s MFA in Creative Writing. Concentration Coordinator: Dr. David J. Rothman.

This forum is for sharing and discussing the preparation and training a serious writer needs — including, but not limited to, MFAs, writers groups, essential skills, work ethos, etc.

Western will launch its new MFA in Creative Writing next July, 2010. The program will use a “low-residency” format — i.e., master’s candidates will spend only two weeks for three consecutive summers on campus, and during the four academic semesters (fall-spring-fall-spring) between these summer sessions, the candidates will work 1-2-1 with professional writer-mentors online. That means candidates in the program can live and work anywhere during the academic year while pursuing the degree. The program will have three concentrations:

  • Commercial/Genre Writing
  • Poetry with an Emphasis on Formal Verse
  • Screenwriting

The program will also offer a one-year Certificate in Publishing, to help make writers more savvy about the publishing industry.

This Forum will both announce progress about that program and answer questions.