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  1. Really general advice since this is a really general question: It's possible, but challenging! I got a BA in Creative Writing in 2009 and started a Ph.D. in Social Psych in 2019. Along the way, I got a post-bacc in psychology, found a way to do some work as a research assistant, presented at a bunch of conferences, got a couple academic publications, and got involved in non-profit work related to my field of study. So when I applied to grad school, I could tell a clear story about my interests, show that I was genuinely interested in studying this field, and show that I could succeed in grad school. But it also took me a long time to make such a big change in academic interests work. You definitely don't need to do the exact same combination of things that I did, but doing things like this stuff can help a lot. Overall, you need to be able to tell a clear story about who you are, what you've done up until now, and how that sets up to succeed for the things you want to do in grad school.
  2. A couple general ways to find programs: - Pull up the top programs in the general field, find the faculty directory, start opening and reading profiles. - Read articles related to your interests. Look at who is writing them. Look those people up and see if any are faculty at schools with grad programs. - Go to conferences/events related to your interests and pay attention to who is doing work related to your interests. Talk to them.
  3. I'm sorry, that really sucks! I can't imagine that there's any chance of getting into a new program for Fall 2020. Most applications were due months ago, most decisions were finalized weeks ago, and a lot of schools suddenly have way more funding problems than they did 2 months ago. It's also generally really difficult to transfer credits in Ph.D. programs. Occasionally a program will let you count a course you took somewhere else for their requirement, but in general Ph.D.'s are much less about the number of credits and much more about fulfilling the specific classes that program thinks you should have. I do not have any great suggestions, but maybe: Check your admission offer? (If you got promised more funding when you accepted there may be some recourse in this situation.*) Ask around if there are any other funding opportunities at the school, like maybe another professor with a research assistant position? Ask if there's any way to get a masters degree on your way out? Do some hard thinking about whether you're willing to take out loans to self-fund until you can secure funding again? (This is probably a bad idea!) Think about what you might want to with a year out of school while you re-apply to start somewhere else? [*Just want to note somewhere here for anyone reading this who hasn't started a Ph.D. program yet that you should really think hard about how you are going to fund your Ph.D. all the way to the end of getting the Ph.D. before you decide to start a program. It's usually a bad idea to go to a school if they aren't promising at least 5 years of funding.]
  4. If they can email you from a university email address, that's great. Extra great if you can verify on a public university website or directory who that email goes with. This might be a little much, but you could also try verifying through some kind of university office/admin who they are. I rented a place from across the country and found it reassuring that a person was willing and able to give me a virtual tour of the house by carrying around their laptop.
  5. If you're still waiting to hear back from programs you might prefer, don't accept until April 15th. Send them a polite and clear email saying that you are excited to be accepted but are waiting to hear back from other programs before making a decision. The whole point of the April 15th deadline is that you get to wait until then to make a decision. One reason they probably want to know is so they can offer that spot to someone else if you're not accepting. It helps them if they can offer that spot to someone else before April 15th, after which that person is more likely to have already accepted a spot somewhere else. If for some reason you are waiting to hear back from programs you're probably not interested in anyway, then maybe you should accept the offer you got and withdraw your other applications. That could help all the schools make their decisions about who else to accept. Sometimes you can also piece together that the schools you're waiting on aren't actually going to send out any more acceptances. Like, sometimes people have info they share on these forums. If that's the case, you might go ahead and accept the offer.
  6. This title sounds fine. For unrelated reasons, I'd recommend using a colon over a hyphen: https://www.sciencealert.com/hyphens-break-our-entire-system-of-scientific-ranking-new-analysis-reveals
  7. You should pick grad school based on your career goals., and it's pretty unclear from your post what your career goals are. The one specific goal you mention is wanting to be published in the NY Times. I'd think you may want to focus on gaining journalism experience/education then. You might consider Northwestern's program: https://www.medill.northwestern.edu/journalism/graduate-journalism/index.html
  8. I'm a first-year student in social psych, so I want to acknowledge that you definitely have insight into this from a direction I don't! But the impression I've gotten is that social sciences and humanities may have really different cultures around this question.
  9. Thanks! I lot of these questions are more curiosity than info I think I need for some specific goal.
  10. I got my BA in Creative Writing and Literary Studies 10 years ago. Now I am in a Social Psychology Ph.D. program studying sexuality. I'm still really interested in literature, particularly in how contemporary social/psychological ideas about sex/relationships are expressed in new fiction. I've recently been thinking about trying to do some writing along these lines and realized that I am really confused about how publishing works in the literature field. I've tried doing searches, but I can't get results that are specific to literature, everything's just general results about publishing in grad school with references to "literature review." But I'd love links to resources if you have any. (I have a decent sense of how publishing works in social psych and sexuality: - I know the big social psych and sexuality journals. - I know some people get a couple publications before grad school. - I know being competitive on the academic job market means having a few publications by the time you finish the Ph.D. - I know that being a first or sole author is good, and it's important to have a couple of these, but that it's also really common for a paper to be a collaboration of 2 to 5+ people. - I know the emphasis is peer-reviewed articles. Book chapters are good but not the main thing. Having a book is great but not at all expected. - I know that presentations are good too, but not as important as publications. - I know most often a social psych article is presenting new quantitative/qualitative data, or sometimes synthesizing data from lots of previous work.) I can't figure out how any of this stuff works in Literature. - It seems like a lot of literature people aren't really publishing much at all during their Ph.D. programs? - It seems like almost everything is sole authored? - It seems conferences are a bigger thing? And maybe the culture is more that you read a finished piece of writing rather than talk from slides? - Maybe books are a bigger deal? - What's the whole deal with academic Book Reviews? Are these considered a worthwhile thing to spend time on? Are these supposed to function like short critical pieces? - What's even the basic expectations for the kind of contributions a paper is supposed to make to the field to be worth being published? - What are new grad students in Literature departments told about how to think of and approach publishing? - What kind of publications does one want to have in Literature before going on the job market? Thanks for any info you can share! And if you're curious about any more details of how this works in social psych or sexuality, I'm happy to field questions in the other direction!
  11. I'd skip it. I don't include submitted work on my CV at all. I only add things once they've been accepted. People have lots of different feelings about this, but my personal sense is that putting in prep/submitted stuff feels like a stretch and doesn't represent a meaningful accomplishment. The mark of achievement is peer reviewers saying the article should be published. Also, if I was going to send an updated CV, I would just send it. I wouldn't waste their time with a call/email first. I'd just send it with a short/direct/polite note, along the lines of "If it's possible to add my updated CV to my file, I'd appreciate it."
  12. If it's your second choice and this is what you need to do to have a spot there, it sounds like you should pay the deposit. But it sucks that there is a deposit that is that high and due that soon. You might want to just try asking if they can give you until March.
  13. You should obviously double-check that all your stuff is in. But also yes, at least some programs will contact you if something is missing after you submit. I think this may play out better if you submit before the deadline.
  14. I don't know that much about creative writing MFA's specifically, but this absolutely does not sound normal and does sound like a probably very positive indication.
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