Course Descriptions

For a full list of course descriptions for all departments, visit the Academic Catalog page.

Summer Residency

(three required)

Course Residency in Creative Writing I ENL 510

Dates   July 26 to August 4, 2013

Course Residency in Creative Writing II ENL 520

Dates   TBA: July 2014

Course Residency in Creative Writing III ENL 530

Dates   TBA: July 2015


A ten-day intensive community experience in which writing students participate in genre workshops; seminars on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting; readings and screenings; lectures and discussions on academic writing, literary studies, translation and adaptation, pedagogical strategies and publishing. Meetings with mentors, introduction to online course delivery systems and sessions on the writing life and the business of writing included.  Three residencies required (ENL 510, ENL 520, ENL 530) with varying focus depending on the candidate’s status as an entering, second year or graduating student.

Mentorship/Studio Work with Mentor

Simultaneous enrollment with Critical and Creative Reading

(four off-campus semesters required)

ENL 511 Mentorship I

ENL 513 Mentorship II

ENL 521 Mentorship III

ENL 523 Mentorship IV


Studio experience. One-on-one creative work with a faculty mentor who guides the student’s production of work and study of craft. Mentor provides written and oral commentary on creative work submitted throughout the term by the student, in a virtual studio environment using electronic classroom and other communication tools. Creative analysis of canonical and contemporary readings in the field also required.

Creative and Critical Reading

Simultaneous enrollment with Mentorship    

(four off-campus semesters required)             

ENL 512 – Critical and Creative Reading I

ENL 514 – Critical and Creative Reading II

ENL 522 – Critical and Creative Reading III

ENL 524 – Critical and Creative Reading IV


Reading as writers: Study of canonical and contemporary literary works, screenplays and dramatic works as well as texts on the creative process, keeping in mind that MFA candidates must become expert readers as they become expert writers.  Close attention to techniques chosen by writers, impact of those choices on work, and development of awareness of student’s own writing process.

The student/faculty ratio in the mentorship and reading courses is 5-to-one.  Mentors work one-to-one in the studio segments.  Mentor/Professors work concurrently with the five-student group in the reading courses.

In addition to the basic MFA, candidates may add concentrations in teaching, translation/adaptation, and publishing

The Concentration in Teaching is a one-semester program combining practical and theoretical models to better prepare students who intend to teach.

The Concentration in Translation is a one-semester experience in reading, translating, adapting, and creating work in the environment of a global community of writers.

The Concentration in Publishing is a 2-semester experience in book publishing. Students will work as the editorial staff of a small press engaged in the annual publication of the Augsburg MFA Book Prize. The Publishing Concentration includes a one-course tuition reimbursement for work on the Book Prize and College Press.