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B.F.A. in Creative Writing


Contact Person:

Donald McNutt, Department Chair
mcnuttdj@potsdam.edu

Office & Phone number TBA

59-60 credits required.

The B.F.A. in Creative Writing is a pre-professional degree that offers students intensive training in the writing of fiction, poetry, drama, creative nonfiction, and screenplays. In addition to courses in creative writing, students are required to write a senior thesis, to take courses in literature, to complete a writing-related internship, and to present their work in a solo reading during their final year.


All courses are 3 credits unless noted. Credits are divided as follows:


Credits
Required Courses: 17
COMP 201 Writing Arguments (4 credits)
COMP 202 Introduction to Creative Writing (4 credits)
LITR 200
Literary Traditions OR
LITR 201 Patterns of Literature
LITR 300 Literary Analysis and Research
INTD 491 Internship (Writing)
Intermediate Courses: select four
16
COMP 302 Fiction Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 303 Poetry Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 306 Playwriting: Short Plays (4 credits)
COMP 307 Creative Nonfiction Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 308 Writing Fiction for Children (4 credits)
COMP 309 Screenwriting Workshop I (4 credits)
COMP 310 Playwriting: Full-length Plays (4 credits)
COMP 395 Special Topics (Creative Writing) (4 credits)
Advanced Courses: select two
8
COMP 412 Fiction Workshop II (4 credits)
COMP 413 Poetry Workshop II (4 credits)
COMP 416 Playwriting Workshop II (4 credits)
COMP 417 Creative Nonfiction Workshop II(4 credits)
COMP 419 Screenwriting Workshop II (4 credits)
Capstone Project: 3
COMP 490 Writing Supervision
Applied Writing Course: select one
3-4
COMP 301 Advanced Research Writing (4 credits)
COMP 304 Technical Writing (4 credits)
COMP 305 Editing and Revising (4 credits)
COMP 311 Writing in a Digital Age (4 credits)
COMP 312
Writing in New Media
COMP 316 Magazine Article Writing(4 credits)
COMP 318 Writing for the Arts (4 credits)
COMP 321
Writing about the Environment
COMP 322
Grant Writing
COMP 395
Special Topics (Applied Writing) (4 credits)
COMP 401 Directed Professional Writing
COMM 308 Writing for Mass Communication
Literature Electives: 12
Four LITR courses at the 300/400/500- level*

*May substitute one 300/400/500- level LNGS course for one literature course


Note: Students are required to give a solo reading during their final year. In addition to formal instruction, all students are expected to attend public readings of creative works, assist with literary publications, and read extensively in her/his chosen genres.