• The Critical Thesis Collection

    Submitted by participating MFA in Writing for Children & Young Adults students  


    How it works:  

    • All critical theses are posted with the student's permission and may not be copied without author consent. This collection is intended for use as archive and inspiration and are not to be reproduced in any form. 
    • Browse the listing of thesis titles below.
       
    • To request a copy of one or more of these files, complete the online submission form below at the bottom of this page. Files are not immediately available, but will be emailed to the address provided as quickly as possible (24-48 hours). Files will be sent as PDFs only.


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    RECENTLY ADDED: JANUARY 2014 FILES

    JEANNE ANDERSON    
    Searching for Hope: Rationale and Literary Devices that Weave Hope,
    Strategies and the Idea of Open Destiny into Realistic Fiction for Youth

     AMANDA BACHTA
    The Way to the Chair: Zen and the Practice of Writing 

    JODI BAKER
    There’s No Place Like Home: I Went Searching for a Writing Space
    and Found Myself a Habit

    CHERYL BARDOE
    A Nature Writer in Search of Plot: Using Human Passions to
    Connect Young Readers to Science Stories in Nature 

    TANYA BAXTER
    At the Essence of Plot: Disconnection and Connection

    RACHAEL BISHOP
    Beyond Action, Toward a Boys’ Aesthetic of Fiction:
    The Narrator and Narrative Substructures

    MIRIAM BUSCH    
    Silence and Power in Middle Grade and YA Fiction 

    LORETTA CARAVETTE
    Visual Emotion: The Power behind Novels to Movies Adaptation 

    MARK CEILLEY
    Building Character: Well-Developed Characters in Picture Books

    ANDREW COCHRAN
    Writing the Sympathetic Antagonist in Young Adult and Middle-Grade Fiction

    QUINETTE COOK
    Picture Your Story: Visual Thinking for More Creative Writing

    JILL DAVIS
    Putting Quirk in Your Work

    JYOTI DUGAL
    Chick Lit From the Lit Chick: Finding the Formula for Writing YA Chick Lit

    GALE FARNSWORTH
    A Theatrical Perspective: Creating Character In Fiction Through An Actor’s Lens                 

    BARBARA HERKERT
    Crafting a Life: Tools of the Picture Book Biographer

    JACQUELINE HESSE
    The Function of Swear Words in Middle Grade Novels

    MELANIE HEUISER-HILL
    WANTED: Family Stories for the 21st Century

    KRISTEN HOWELL
    Who Do I Have to Kill to Get a Newbery?
    Death Themes in Award-Winning Children’s Literature

    SHELLEY JONES 
    Setting as Character?

    JAMIE KALLIO
    They Can Handle It: Why Teens Need Complex Fiction

    ELLEN KAZIMER
    Agency and Heroism in Historical Fiction

    BILL KENNEDY
    A Writer's Memory or Stories Choose Us

    AMY LAUGHLIN
    Action with a Punch: Powerful Action Scenes
    in Contemporary Middle-Grade and Young Adult Fiction 

    SUSAN LEVEY
    A Guide to the Care and Feeding of Magic

    TORI LUND
    The Asceticism of Nonsense

    MICHELLE MAESER
    A Sense of Realism: Action Through
    Dramatic Telling and the Use of Double-Duty Details

    MARIA MACIOCE    NEW!
    Letting Girls Play, Too: Writing a Quality YA Female Sports Novel

    DEBRA MCARTHUR
    Walk a Mile in Whose Shoes? Writing Outside One’s Own Culture

    POLLY MCCANN
    From Where We Write: Writers' Self-Awareness Through Dreams and Memory

    MICHAEL PETRY   NEW!
    Maps: A Writer's Resource  

    KIEL PHEGLEY
    Read it Again: Unlocking the Mysterious Literary Qualities of Children's Series Fiction

    ANN QUIRING
    The Ultimate Sports Novel Point-of-View Challenge

    ANN SCHOENBOHM
    Exploring Secret Places in Children’s Literature:
    Making a World, Finding a Place, Discovering a Self

    ANNE SCHWAB
    An Epic Adventure: The Evolution of a New Form From an Ancient Tradition 

    ANDREW STEEVES
    What is Podcasting? Everything Writers Need to Know

    CAREN STELSON
    The Inner Strength to Endure the Loss of Paradise:
    On War, Writing- and the Children

    SOPHIA SWANK
    Dialect in Children's Literature: To Detect, Respect, Inspect, Inflect, Inject,
    Resurrect, Reject, Neglect, Protect, Affect, and Perfect Dialect in Text

    MELISSA TALEB
    A Guide to Muddling Through the Middle Grade Novel

    MELLISA TETTERTON
    Dear Annie and Aretha: Heroes Ain’t Doin’ It By Themselves:
    A Three-Prong Analysis of the Hero’s Journey in Realistic Fiction

    SUE VIERING
    No Plot is an Island: The Interdependence of Plot, Setting, and Character


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    To submit your critical thesis to the archives, please send an email to Christine Rousu, with the file attached. You may submit a file as a PDF, Word, or Pages document.