Low-Residency Program

Summer Residency

July 17  through July 27, 2014

The Augsburg Low-Residency MFA includes 10-day summer residencies on the Augsburg campus in Minneapolis, offering daily workshops, readings, and mini-courses that focus on literary craft as well as career skills in teaching, editing, publishing, book arts, marketing, translation, and adaptation. The full degree program includes three summer residencies, featuring visits by distinguished writers in each genre as well as editors, agents, publishers, and literary entrepreneurs. Students live on campus in college residence halls during the summer session,  taking advantage of the opportunity to set aside daily tasks and to think of oneself as a writer,  experiencing  the kind of peer-to-peer critical coaching and mentor-to-student give-and-take the Augsburg literary community offers its MFA candidates during the Residency. Note:  Students must complete readings and post work to electronic workshop before on-campus experience. They must also complete Residency Journal and post to Summer Residency Moodle after on-campus sessions.

Residencies also include seminars in Teaching, Translation and Publishing that serve as prerequisites to career concentrations in those fields.

The full degree program includes three summer residencies in Minneapolis. Distinguished writers in each of the genres  join the faculty in giving public readings and offering talks about the craft of writing. Open student readings are also scheduled.

Fall and Spring Semesters

Residencies are followed by two off-campus semesters of work with faculty mentors in virtual classrooms that make use of online and other technologies. Each semester, MFA candidates enroll in one Mentorship section and one section of Critical and Creative Reading. Although MFA learning objectives call for demonstrated expertise in at least one genre by graduation, twenty-first century writers compose their work in an environment in which genre has permeable boundaries and lines between genres are often erased. With this in mind, cross-genre work will be encouraged, with students working in a genre other than the declared specialty, usually during the second off-campus semester.

Semester Mentorships

The Mentorship is a one-on-one experience with a faculty mentor who guides the student’s production of work and study of craft in a virtual fine arts studio.  This one-on-one creative studio experience is focused on the MFA candidate’s own writing and growth as a writer. Mentors and students communicate through online and other technologies in an electronic classroom.

Critical and Creative Reading in an Online Classroom

This is a reading-as-writers course that provides an opportunity to work with your professor and a community of peers, considering craft, criticism and aesthetics. Meetings are online in the electronic classroom. The format may include online discussion boards, Skype or video chats, and teleconferences with mentors and fellow learners. The online classroom offers an opportunity to continue conversations begun during the residency with members of the MFA community.

Genres and Concentrations

Genres include Fiction, Creative Nonfiction, Poetry, Playwriting and Screenwriting.

Career concentrations require additional coursework – one semester for Teaching or Translation,  two semesters for the Publishing Concentration.   Students generally add concentrations at the end of the traditional MFA semesters. With the program director’s consent, students may enroll in concentration courses simultaneously with MFA studies. Candidates enrolled in the publishing concentration will be the staff of a new publishing house that will select and publish one book each year. The book prize will be open to submissions nationally.

Degree Requirements

  • 11 course credits for MFA
  • 12 course credits for MFA with Concentrations in Teaching or Translation
  • 13 course credits MFA with Concentration in Publishing (one course tuition reimbursement for work on the press)

Plan of Study

Accommodating Writers Who Work Full-Time and Those Who Live Outside of Minnesota

Augsburg’s low-residency MFA can be completed in eleven courses (three summer residencies and four off-campus electronic semesters of two course each). A typical plan of study will work like this:

First Year

Summer Residency I, including genre workshops, writing seminars, readings and lectures, ten days on the Minneapolis campus, with assignments before and after residency.

Fall Semester I, electronic classroom including one Mentorship studio and one Creative and Critical Reading course.

Spring Semester I, electronic classroom including one Mentorship studio and one Creative and Critical Reading course (generally “out-of-genre” term).

Second Year

Summer Residency II, including genre workshops, writing seminars, readings and lectures, ten days on the Minneapolis campus, with assignments before and after residency.

Fall Semester II, electronic classroom including one Mentorship studio and one Creative and Critical Reading (craft-based academic paper term).

Spring Semester II, electronic classroom including one Mentorship studio (thesis completion term) and one Creative and Critical Reading (lecture/presentation preparation term).

Third Year – Residency Only

Summer Residency III, including genre workshop, writing seminars, readings and lectures. Final term for graduating MFA candidates. Graduates give a public lecture/presentation and a reading from thesis work. ten days on the Minneapolis campus, with assignments before and after residency.

Coursework

ENL 510 – Residency in Creative Writing I

ENL 511 – Mentorship I

ENL 512 – Critical and Creative Reading I

ENL 513 – Mentorship II

ENL 514 – Critical and Creative Reading II

ENL 520 – Residency in Creative Writing II

ENL 521 – Mentorship III

ENL 522 – Critical and Creative Reading III

ENL 523 – Mentorship IV

ENL 524 – Critical and Creative Reading IV

ENL 530 – Residency in Creative Writing III

For a complete list of courses and descriptions, see the Course Description Search.

Concentrations

Concentration in Teaching

Writing Seminars – usually concurrent with Residency II or III

Teaching Practicum and Online Classroom

Concentration in Translation

Writing Seminars – usually concurrent with Residency II or III

Translation Practicum and Online Classroom

Concentration in Publishing

Writing Seminars I and II – usually concurrent with Residency II and III

Publishing Practicum and Online Classrooms I and II

(one course reimbursed tuition for working for the press)