Concentration in Nature Writing

Concentration in Nature Writing

The Concentration in Nature Writing teaches students a wide range of literary techniques and styles writers have used in their creative responses to the natural environment and human interactions with it. The concentration provides training in all the major literary sub-genres relevant to the field, including memoir, science writing, political writing, history, poetry, fiction, and various forms of the essay and creative nonfiction. Courses include significant reading in primary and secondary sources, along with extensive work in short and long creative writing forms, focusing on creative nonfiction but also including other genres, as well as strategies and techniques for the effective teaching of creative nonfiction and other forms of creative writing.

The MFA Concentration in Nature Writing requires the following 60 credits:

CRWR 600Summer Orientation (taken three times)3
CRWR 681Nature Writing Intensive2
CRWR 682The Poetics of Nature Writing2
CRWR 683Thesis Seminar in Nature Writing2
CRWR 684Teaching and Pedagogy6
CRWR 685Craft of Creative Nonfiction6
CRWR 686Genres of Nature Writing6
CRWR 687Writing about Nature and Science6
CRWR 688Writing about Nature and Society6
CRWR 689Special Topics in Nature Writing6
One of the following out-of-concentration courses during the second fall term:6
Genre Studies I-Romance and Mystery
Genre Fiction Writing and Reading Survey
Traditional Publishing I (with permission of the Publishing Concentration Director)
Independent and New Model Publishing I
Narrative Poetry
Screenwriting Genre
Craft of Creative Nonfiction
Three credits of:3
Capstone (must be taken for a total of three credits)
Total Credits54

Nature Writing as a Second Concentration

Students pursuing this concentration as a second area of emphasis must earn 30 credits as follows:

CRWR 600Summer Orientation1
CRWR 681Nature Writing Intensive2
CRWR 685Craft of Creative Nonfiction6
CRWR 686Genres of Nature Writing6
CRWR 687Writing about Nature and Science6
CRWR 688Writing about Nature and Society6
Three credits of:3
Capstone (must be taken for a total of three credits)
Total Credits30

Students may count CRWR 685 Craft of Creative Nonfiction toward the second concentration in Nature Writing if they have already taken it to fulfill the out-of-concentration course required by their primary concentration.