MFA in Creative Writing - New Saint Andrews College

Master of Fine Arts

in Creative Writing

The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing (M.F.A.) is a limited-enrollment, academically rigorous, low residency two-year course of graduate studies for those aspiring to recover a faithful, theologically rich approach to the creative arts, particularly writing. All students will study biblical theology as a foundational element for developing the creative imagination as well as work closely with tutors on their creative writing projects. The two-year course is built around three one-week intensive (resident) workshops per year. The students are assigned specific creative and critical work to be completed between residences and handed in to set deadlines.

A Theologically Rich Approach to Creative Writing.

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Graduate Class Instructors

Doug Wilson

Senior Fellow of Theology

Nate Wilson

Program Director and Fellow of Literature

Jesse Hall

Assistant Director

Aaron Rench

Adjunct Faculty

Sample Classes/Lecture Titles

Doug Wilson
  • THE 501 — DW  (2 credits)
    1. Introducing the Apostolic Study Bible
    2. The Inescapability of Systematics
    3. Theological Obedience
    4. Logic and the Liberty of God
    5. Biblical Absolutism
  • THEO 518 Aesthetics & Judgment  — DW  (2 credits)
    1. Beauty in the Scriptures
    2. Panic among the Philistines
    3. Puritan Poetics
    4. Making Righteousness Readable
    5. Redeeming Pop Culture
  • LIT 552 Polemics and Satire — DW  (2 credits)
    1. The Godly Satirist
    2. Elizabethan Zest
    3. Amos and Current Crisis
    4. Remaining Sane in the Asylum
    5. The Postmodern Farce
  • C.S. Lewis Directed Readings  — DW (2 credits)
N. D. Wilson
  • LIT 531 Mechanics of the Novel: Story Architecture —  NDW  (2 credits)
    1. What is the Novel: Brickmaking vs. Cathedral Building
    2. It’s not About You: Fiction and the Trap of Self-Portraiture
    3. Typology, Theme, and Meaning; Creative Distance; Editing
    4. Architecture
    5. Architecture Pt. 2 and Workshopping
  • LIT 532 Creative Nonfiction —  NDW (2 credits)
    1. What is Creative Non-Fiction: Information vs. Impression
    2. Shame and Shamelessness: Powerless Poets and The Failure of Self
    3. Typology, Theme, and Meaning; Creative Distance; Editing
    4. Taste and Trend: The Lying Subjective
    5. Workshopping
  • LIT 550 Writing Workshop — NDW, JH, AR (2 credits)
Jesse Hall
  • LIT 511 Film Workshop — JH (2 credits)
    1. Good Artists Copy, Great Artists Steal
    2. Writing What You See, Well
    3. The First 15
    4. Endings That Satisfy
    5. Ante All the Way up
  • LIT 550 Writing Workshop — NDW, JH, AR (2 credits)
    1. The Alpha and Omega Structure (JH)
    2. The Anti-Hero Code (JH)
 
 
Aaron Rench

LIT 550 Writing Workshop — NDW, JH, AR (2 credits)

Overview

Requirements for Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing

Candidates for the M.F.A. degree must pass a total of 32 credits, with a minimum grade of MCH (B-) in each course. The M.F.A. degree requirements include:

  • Three, two-credit Theological Foundation seminars: Biblical Theology (6 credits total).
  • Eleven, two-credit M.F.A. writing seminars (22 credits total).
  • Final M.F.A Creative Writing Project – a completed novel (4 credits total).

Application for M.F.A.

  • Writing Sample: 4,000 to 6,000 words of prose (which may be any combination of short fiction, nonfiction, a novel, or manuscript excerpt). Optional: Applicants may submit up to 100 lines of poetry and/or 10 pages of drama (which may be anything from a script for TV, short film, or a feature).
  • Statement of Intent: In 300-500 words, please discuss: your approach to writing and reading; the books, works of art, movies, and/or other sources which influence your writing; what you believe the purpose of writing is for; what you would like to accomplish during and after your M.F.A.
  • Letters of Recommendation: Two (2) letters of recommendation from professional or former teachers who know your writing. The recommendations should comment specifically on the applicant’s writing ability and suitability/qualification for a terminal degree.
  • Transcripts: One copy of academic records from all postsecondary education.
  • Interview: Qualified applicants may, at the discretion of the admissions committee, also be interviewed, either in person or by telephone/Skype.

Degree Calendar

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
8-9:30THE 501
- Seeing the Bible as
one story (1/10)
LIT 511 Film Workshop
- Theory vs. Fiction
(1/10)
LIT 552 Polemics and Satire
- Quietly into the night
(1/10)
LIT 511 Film Workshop
- Beat Sheet Riot
(3/10)
THE 501
- The Gospel's Alive
(3/10)
9:30-9:45Coffee BreakCoffee BreakCoffee BreakCoffee BreakCoffee Break
9:45-11:15THE 501
- Seeing the Bible as
one story (2/10)
LIT 511 Film Workshop
- Theory vs. Action
(2/10)
LIT 552 Polemics and Satire
- Quietly into the night
(1/10)
LIT 511 Film Workshop
- Beat Sheet Riot
(4/10)
THE 501
- The Gospels Alive
(4/10)
11:30-1LunchLunchLunchLunchLunch
1-2:30LIT 531 Story Architecture
- Chasing Vapor
(1/10)
LIT 532 Creative Nonfiction
- More than meets the memory
(1/10)
LIT 531 Story Architecture
- Perfect Plotting w/ NDW
(3/10)
LIT 550 Writing Workshop
- Living through Stories
(1/10)
LIT 550 Writing Workshop
- Poetic Prose (3/10)
*(12:30 - 2:50)
2:30-2:45Coffee BreakCoffee BreakCoffee BreakCoffee BreakCoffee Break
2:45-4:15LIT 531 Story Architecture
- Chasing Vapor
(2/10)
LIT 532 Creative Nonfiction
- More than meets the memory
(2/10)
LIT 531 Story Architecture
- Perfect Plotting
(4/10)
LIT 550 Writing Workshop
- Living through Stories
(2/10)
Disputatio *(3:00 - 4:30)
4:30-5:30THEO 518
- Aesthetics & Judgment
w/ DW
C.S. Lewis Directed
Readings
THEO 518
- Aesthetics & Judgment
w/ DW
C.S. Lewis Directed
Readings
THEO 518
- Aesthetics & Judgment w/ DW
*5:00 - 6:00

2019-2020 Calendar

Fall Term

September 9, 2019 — First Week of Fall Term
October 14-18, 2019 — Intensive Week on Campus
December 19, 2019 — Fall Term Ends

Spring Term

January 13, 2020 — Spring Term Begins
February 10-14, 2020 — Intensive Week on Campus
April 17, 2020 — Spring Term Ends

Summer Term

June 1, 2020 — Summer Term Begins
June 8-12, 2020 — Intensive Week on Campus
August 28, 2020 — Summer Term Ends
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