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Degree Requirements

Breiseth Hall • 570-408-4235(T) • 570-408-7846 (F) • Email

Course Sequence

To Satisfy the Thesis Requirement each student will produce and present a full-length text and support materials that demonstrate the mastery of requisite standards, processes, and procedures for bringing that project into its appropriate public venue.
 

The Life
Students will be able to articulate:

  1. the strengths and weaknesses of and discriminate between the archetypal models of writerly lives as they build a writing life plan of their own design.
     
  2. the strengths and address the weaknesses of the work of their peers, as well as their own work and their writing process.

Craft, Technique, Analysis
Students will:

  1. describe breadth and depth of knowledge of the historical context and tradition of the range of forms, conventions, and styles within their selected major and minor areas.
     
  2. demonstrate competency in the technology of their major genre area.

Art Delivery Method
Students will:

  1. understand the legal and ethical standards and the practical issues of their profession, and demonstrate that knowledge through the residencies and portfolio work of the program.
     
  2. be able to speak and write to people in professional venues of their genres in a confident manner.


Genre-specific Requirements for the Capstone

  1. Poetry. Poets will present a formal reading from their finished poetry chapbook. The reading will be one-half hour to forty-five minutes in length; some or all work must be recited. Students will be prepared to answer questions about their writing process and individual poems, following the reading. Support materials will include a brief self-analysis of their poetry, a query letter, proposed writing life plan, and jacket blurb for the chapbook.
     
  2. Fiction. Writers will present a formal reading from their completed full-length manuscript. The reading will be one-half hour to forty-five minutes in length. Students must be prepared to answer questions about their craft and writing process, following the reading. Support materials will include a brief self-analysis of their work, a query letter, proposed writing life plan, and jacket blurb for the full-length manuscript that may be a novel or collection of short works.
     
  3. Plays. Playwrights will work through the pre-residency with an assigned director to cast and to prepare the play for a formal staged reading. Experienced actors appropriate to the work must be utilized. Playwrights will rehearse with the cast and meet with the director to prepare for the reading. Playwrights will be prepared to answer questions about their work and processes following the staged reading. Finished scripts must adhere to play format. Support materials include a play synopsis, proposed writing life plan, and query letter.
     
  4. Screenplays. Screenwriters will work with their writer mentors in the pre-residency to prepare their script for a table reading during their final residency. Readers will include actors, cohort members, and other film professionals. Screenwriters must be prepared to present a "pitch" to a film producer, agent, or director before the reading and to answer process questions, following the table reading. Support materials include a query letter, proposed writing life plan, and film treatment.
     
  5. Creative Nonfiction. Writers will present formal readings from their completed full-length manuscripts. The readings will be 30-45 minutes in length. Students must be prepared to answer questions about their craft and writing process, following the reading. Support materials will include a brief self-analysis of their work, a query letter, proposed writing life plan, and jacket blurb for the full-length manuscript that may be a novel or collection of short works.

Capstones for each genre must have both written and spoken components designed specifically for each student's work to meet specified graduation criteria.

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