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English and Philosophy Testimonials
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English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials
English and Philosophy Testimonials

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Minor in Creative Writing

The University of Central Missouri offers both a minor and an individualized major in Creative Writing. Students enrolled in the program take a series of courses in English and World literature and several creative writing workshops. They are also encouraged to work closely with individual faculty members on large creative projects and to participate on the staff of Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing. Our graduates have gone on to publish nationally in such journals as New Letters, Southern Humanities Review, Texas Review, Kenyon Review, The Laurel Review, American Book Review, Cimarron Review, Lit, Crab Creek Review, and Allegheny Review. They also frequently continue their studies at the MFA or PhD level at other universities.

Faculty
Courses

Faculty

Matthew Eck, Assistant Professor, fiction.

Matthew Eck holds an MFA from the University of Montana and is the author of the novel The Farther Shore (Milkweed, 2007), which won the Milkweed Fiction Prize, earned a “5 under 35” award from the National Book Foundation, and was a finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award. His second novel is forthcoming. With Phong Nguyen, he edits fiction for Pleiades: A Journal of New Writing & Reviews.

Phong Nguyen, Assistant Professor, fiction.

Phong Nguyen holds a PhD from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. He is the author of the upcoming novel The Adventures of Joe Harper (Outpost19, 2016), and two story collections: Pages from the Textbook of Alternate History (Queen’s Ferry Press, 2014) and Memory Sickness and Other Stories (Elixir, 2011), won the 2010 Elixir Press Fiction Award. His stories have appeared in numerous national literary magazines, including AgniBeloit Fiction JournalBoulevardFlorida ReviewIowa ReviewMassachusetts ReviewNew Ohio ReviewMeridian, and Portland Review. Former editor of Cream City Review, he now serves as Editor of Pleiades: Literature in Context.

 

Kathryn Nuernberger, Assistant Professor, poetry.

Kathryn Nuernberger received her PhD from Ohio University, where she was a finalist for the Ruth Lilly Fellowship. She is the author of The End of Pink (BOA Editions, 2016), winner of the 2015 James Laughlin Award, and Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011), winner of the 2010 Antivenom Prize. The winner of a 2010 Intro Journals Award from the Association of Writers & Writing Programs, she also received a 2010 Fellowship for Creative and Performing Artists and Writers from the American Antiquarian Society. With Jenny Molberg, she edits poetry for Pleiades. She serves as the director of Pleiades Press.

Jenny Molberg, Assistant Professor, poetry.

Jenny Molberg holds a PhD from the University of North Texas and an MFA from American University. Her debut collection of poetry, Marvels of the Invisible, won the 2014 Berkshire Prize (Tupelo Press, 2016), and her work has appeared in various publications, including Best New Poets, Verse Daily, Missouri Review, North American Review, Copper Nickel, Third Coast, Mississippi Review, and others. She serves as Poetry Editor for Pleiades.

 
Courses

In addition to the literature courses offered by the Department of English & Philosophy, The Creative Writing Program also offers these seminars:

  • English 2051—The Writer’s Voice: Introduction to Poetry Writing (3) Introduces students to terminology and techniques in writing and analyzing the poetry of personal expression.
  • English 2052—Performing the Word: Introduction to Lyrical Writing (3) Introduces students to terminology and techniques in writing and analyzing the lyrical poetry from Sappho to Spoken Word and Hip Hop.
  • English 2053—Writing Short: Introduction to Prose Poetry, Flash Fiction, and Lyric Essays (3) Introduces students to terminology and techniques in writing and analyzing prose poetry, flash fiction, and lyric essays.
  • English 2054—Introduction to Fiction Writing (3) Introduces students to terminology and techniques in writing and analyzing fiction.
  • English 3051—The Art of Poetry: Intermediate Poetry Workshop (3) Poetry writing at an intermediate level; written and oral analysis of students’ creative work. 
  • English 3052—Intermediate Fiction Writing (3) Fiction writing at the intermediate level; written and oral analysis of students’ creative work.
  • English 4051—Poetry Writing for Publication (3) Poetry writing at an advanced level.
  • English 4052—Advanced Fiction Writing (3) Fiction writing at an advanced level.
  • English 4053—Writing Nonfiction for Publication (3) Nonfiction writing at an advanced level.
  • English 4054—Practicum in Editing & Publishing (3) Internship with Pleiades and Pleiades Press.
  • English 4055—Genre Fiction Writing (3) Writing fantasy, science fiction, horror, and mystery.
  • English 4056—Special Topics in Creative Writing (3) Individual or group work by qualified students in creative writing.

Program of Study - Minor in Creative Writing