Real world experience, multi-genre work, and the option to be as independently creative as you like are the hallmarks of the Lesley MFA interdisciplinary component.
The interdisciplinary studies component encourages students to feed their creative writing through cross-genre work, professional experience, research pertinent to their writing projects, and other creative endeavors. In consultation with the Assistant Coordinator, students design interdisciplinary projects for the first three of their four distance-learning semesters. This may include taking a course at Lesley, creating an independent study, or arranging an internship or teaching assistantship, among other opportunities.
A student listens passionately to jazz vocalists, takes voice lessons and dashes out new poems with the new vibrations and rhythms. Another interviews local Vietnam vets and learns about Agent Orange for a memoir she is writing about her father. Another is a teaching assistant with a professor at Lesley, learning how to run writing groups in class and lead class discussions of literature to undergraduates. A poet works on a YA novel with the intent to produce a dual genre thesis. These are just a few examples of hundreds of projects that students in Lesley's MFA in Creative Writing have completed.
For your Interdisciplinary Studies project, you have the option to:
Working with the Assistant Coordinator, students design an independent study course that will both expand and compliment their creative work. Past topics have included ecological fieldwork; the Vietnam War; vocal jazz and poetry; documentary production; the graphic novel; illustration; Research on Haitian students in the Boston Public Schools; the one-act play; sea narratives; literary criticism & stylistics; songwriting; culture and place; photography; adaptation, and more. The field of inquiry is vast, and we encourage you to explore it.
At Lesley we want you to engage your creative self and your surrounding community.
Assistant Professor/Assistant Coordinator for the M.F.A. in Creative Writing; Director of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program
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