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The Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at OSU-Cascades is a two-year, 84 credit program divided equally between intensive ten-day residencies and term-length individual mentorships. OSU-Cascades runs on a quarter system, with mentorships in the winter and summer quarters and residencies in the fall and spring quarters. Four residency quarters and four mentorship quarters are required to graduate.

To complete the course of study for the Low-Residency MFA in Creative Writing, the student’s record must indicate the following:

  • Full participation in four residency sessions
  • Successful completion of four mentorship quarters
  • A minimum accumulation of 84 graduate credits in the following categories:
    • 48 credits in Residency (WR 500)
    • 29 credits in Mentorship (WR 513)
    • 7 credits in Thesis (WR 503)
  • Broad reading in literature and contemporary letters, as evidenced by the critical introduction to the thesis and the annotated bibliography of 15-18 texts
  • A thesis manuscript of high quality, including creative work and a critical introduction
  • Participation in Graduating Student Collaborative Capstone, as evidenced by reflective essay
  • Completion of oral examination, per graduate school guidelines

Term One: Residency
12 credits, WR 500

4 credits of Workshop with mentor
2 credits of Craft Seminar in genre
1 credit in Literary Seminar of choice
2 credits of Words In Action
2 credits of Common Vocabulary

1 credit of How To Say The Wrong Thing

Term Two: Mentorship
12 credits, WR 513

8 credits of Workshop with mentor
1 credit of Artist Life Seminar
3 credits of Peer Editorship with mentor

Term Three: Residency
12 credits, WR 500

4 credits of Workshop with mentor
2 credits of Craft Seminar in genre
1 credit of Literary Seminar of choice
2 credits of Collaboration & Installation
1 credit of Compositional Improvisation
1 credit of Publishing

1 credit of Research

Term Four: Mentorship
5 credits, WR 513

4 credits of Workshop with mentor
1 credit of Artist Life Seminar

Term Five: Residency
12 credits, WR 500

4 credits of Workshop with mentor
2 credits of Craft Seminar in genre
1 credit of Literary Seminar of choice
2 credits of Words in Action
2 credits of Close Reading

1 credit of How To Say The Wrong Thing

Term Six: Mentorship
12 credits, WR 513

8 credits of Workshop with mentor
1 credit of Artist Life Seminar
3 credits of Peer Editorship with mentor

Term Seven: Residency
12 credits, WR 500

4 credits of Thesis with thesis advisor
2 credits of Craft Seminar in genre
1 credit of Literary Seminar of choice
1 credit of Compositional Improvisation
2 credits of Post-MFA Existence
2 credits of Collaboration & Installation

Term Eight: Thesis Mentorship
5 credits, WR 503

6 credits of Thesis with thesis advisor
1 credit of Artist Life Seminar