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OCU Offers Creative Writing MFA and Certificate Programs
OKLAHOMA CITY ó Oklahoma City University is offering a five-class, graduate-level certificate in creative writing for locals interested in learning more about writing fiction, non-fiction, poetry or screenwriting. Students can choose from core courses in these genres, as well as English literature and other writing classes, in order to complete the certificate. Prospective students are not required to take the GRE in order to apply. The certificate is geared toward local students with bachelorís degrees in any field of study who are interested in furthering their writing skills, yet are not ready to commit to a masterís degree in writing. Students who do wish to pursue graduate-level studies in creative writing can also apply to OCUís new low-residency MFA program in creative writing, the Red Earth MFA. The two-year MFA program includes five residencies, one each summer and each winter plus one at the end of the program. Each residency lasts approximately 10 days. Much of the work can be done away from school under guidance from a faculty member. The final residency includes a public reading and thesis defense. Program Director Danita Berg said the OCU Red Earth MFA program is unique because it offers professional writing and pedagogy tracks. Students may choose to study with professional writers and writing instructors in online formats to learn about editing, professional communications and teaching writing. Students can also create their own concentration strand with the help of a faculty advisor. The course schedule includes class time and small workshop groups to allow students to share ideas. The course design allows the writers to network in order to help each other with their skills even after they finish the program. Admission to the certificate program does not guarantee admission to the MFA program. However, graduate certificate students who later apply for the MFA program can apply to have up to six credit hours transferred to their MFA studies. For more information visit the website, call Berg at (405) 208-5127 or e-mail