The candidate for the Master of Arts - English with a concentration in Creative Writing is required to complete a creative thesis.
Students in this concentration should wait to register for thesis (ENGL 600) until a minimum of two (2) workshop course requirements have been met as the student's thesis will be comprised of work produced and revised over the course of study. Students must have already filed the Application for Graduate Degree to be eligible to enroll in ENGL 600 - Thesis. In preparation for thesis completion and defense, and in coordination with the program director, the student will select a thesis director from the Creative Writing faculty. The second faculty selection for the committee should also be a member of the Creative Writing faculty. To complete the committee, the student may choose any member of the English graduate faculty. The student's thesis director serves as chair of his/her thesis committee. As soon as a member of the graduate Creative Writing faculty agrees to act as director for the thesis, the student should submit a one-page thesis proposal to the program coordinator. This thesis proposal should be signed by the director of the thesis and by two other graduate English faculty members who are qualified to serve and who have agreed to serve as readers for the thesis. (The departmental graduate committee and the Creative Writing program coordinator must approve exceptions to the members of the thesis committee.) The thesis, a body of work in the student's primary genre, should be of publishable quality and must be introduced by a critical abstract.
Each student must successfully defend his/her thesis in an oral examination. This defense, focusing on elements related to thesis content, craft and specific genre should take place as soon as possible after the thesis is completed (see English 600 course description for deadline information). The grading system for the evaluation of the thesis will be pass (P) / satisfactory progress (SP) / not pass (NP). A grade of incomplete (I) may not be assigned. Students must remain continuously enrolled in at least one credit hour until completion.
The thesis shall follow industry-standard manuscript format. The student is to supply three copies, two of which will be placed in the Library and another in the departmental library.
The official examiners will consist of the three committee members. An Oral Examination form (also available in the College of Graduate & Professional Studies) must also be filed with the program coordinator and the College of Graduate and Professional Studies at least four weeks (30 days) prior to the oral examination (defense) date.
The completed thesis, when approved and defended, will carry the signatures of the members of the thesis committee. The student will supply three copies of the approved thesis, two of which will be placed in the Longwood Library with any binding fee being paid and another in the departmental library (see the Academic Regulations section of this catalog for general requirements for writing the thesis). The student will provide an abstract of the thesis of not more than 400 words to be filed in the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.