The Low-Residency MA in Creative Writing is a studio master’s program focusing on students’ growth and maturation as writers of fiction and poetry. The foundation of the program is the 15 required workshop hours. Both fiction and poetry workshop are offered each semester asynchronously through Moodle. Students take 12 hours (four semesters) in their major genre and 3 hours (one semester) in the non-major genre.
Form and Theory courses in both major and non-major genres and elective literature courses round out the online curriculum.
Six thesis hours must be completed during the final spring semester of the student’s time in the program. During these six hours, the student works with her thesis director (major genre professor) and with thesis committee members (professor from the cross genre, one additional faculty member) to develop, revise, edit, and format her thesis. Submission of the completed thesis and fulfillment of the thesis defense are the requirements for these hours.
In addition to the workshop, Form and Theory, literature, and thesis courses (all offered online), students in the Low-Res MA will come to McNeese’s campus in Lake Charles, LA each summer for a week of intensive seminars, lectures, and readings. These one-week residencies are the only times students will be required to be on campus at McNeese. During the residencies, students are obligated to attend all program events, including one-on-one mentorship meetings with major-genre faculty.
McNeese offers optional housing and dining opportunities for interested Low-Res students attending the residencies. Our newly-renovated campus living options are substantially more affordable than week-long hotel stays, and our dining facilities offer a variety of meal-plan options at competitive prices. Students are not required to pay for housing or dining through McNeese, though we do encourage this, particularly for students who do not live in Lake Charles.