Northeast Ohio
Master of Fine Arts

Northeast Ohio
Master of Fine Arts

IN CREATIVE WRITING

IN CREATIVE WRITING

IN CREATIVE WRITING

IN CREATIVE WRITING

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NEXT EVENT: READING + Q&A

Remote Reading & Q&A with NEA recipient & Award-winning author, 
Stephen Graham Jones

Friday November 13th, 2020
7:00 PM, over Zoom
Free & open to the public!

FEATURED STUDENTS

2020 Graduates

Give it up for the class of 2020! Although we can’t celebrate our graduates’ many accomplishments in person, we want to give them each the spotlight they deserve.

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Current Students

Questions about courses, registration, requirements, internships, or your thesis? Find out everything you need to know on our Current Students page.

Prospective Students

Are you ready to join Ohio’s most beloved MFA writing consortium? Well you’re in luck—we’d love to have you. It’s time to broaden your horizons.

SPRING 2021

Upcoming Courses

FICTION

Writing the Youth Novel

In this course, students will practice the craft of writing middle grade and young adult novels. They will read several recent novels to examine issues such as point of view, voice, plot, structure, and characterization, and they will plan and begin writing and workshopping a novel appropriate for teenaged readers. We will have a visit from a literary agent, and possibly an author visit.

Texts include:
Tricia Springstubb, What Happened on Fox Street
Tehlor Kay Mejia, Paola Santiago and the River of Tears
Jacqueline Woodson, If You Come Softly
Nina LaCour, We Are Okay

LITERATURE

Weird Horror

This class will exist on the intersections of horror and the 'new weird' & inform and invigorate the work of the emerging writer by examining techniques deployed by writers of both overlapping forms. We'll try to turn madness and mayhem into art and meaning by pairing writers to see how they speak to each other. Silvia Morena Garcia's Mexican Gothic examines bruised fruit in a bodega aisle while Stephen Graham Jones’ The Only Good Indians purchases a pack of cigarettes at the counter. Matt Ruff's Lovecraft Country sips sour lager with Hari Kunzru's White Tears at a dimly-lit roadside dive as locals cast sinister glances their way. Helen Phillips' The Need passes a message scrawled on a sticky Post-It note to Victor LaValle's The Changeling as they brush past each other on a fog-cloaked street. Jeff Vandermeer's Annihilation  renovates a secluded country manor for Zoja Stage's Wonderland to move into. Rumaan Alam's Leave The World Behind gulps a bitter cup of coffee with Samanta Schweblin's Little Eyes in a brightly-lit cafe, surrounded by mannequins. Alma Katsu's The Deep & Mona Awad's Bunny find themselves trapped in an elevator together as the lights flicker on and off. 

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English Department
Kent State University
P.O. Box 5190
Kent, Ohio 44242

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