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lenagator1997

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    MFA Creative Nonfiction
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    2021 Fall
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    MFA Creative Writing

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  1. Hi There, That is what I have heard as well about how most MFA programs review their applicants. The portfolio/writing sample is the most important part. If they don't think the writing is a good fit, then it's a non-starter.
  2. Hey There! I would say if you are coming from a small undergraduate institution like I was, it's a big campus with alot of people around. The program itself is pretty small, and all our classes are in one place: the English building! Everyone here is happy to help if you need anything. The location is rural with alot of resources in close-by downtown Durham. I can't speak to the poetry program, but the nonfiction program is very rigorous and awesome! I'll admit I cannot take a day off. There are a very interesting diverse group of writers here with different insights and strengths in
  3. I have no idea which topic I am replying to anymore, so hang in there with me! I side note on the MFA. I am finding that you will not always know how well you or your writing will mesh with anyone else's before you really dig into workshop after committing. I know that sucks, but that's been the reality for me. People say check out the faculty and see if their writing style matches yours. Well, while this might be a vital tip, it isn't going to answer the major questions that you may have about them as a professor until after you arrive. 1. They may teach in a way you love, but th
  4. Hi Thanks! Classes are all in-person like pre-COVID life, except of course the masks. Some professors want to hold office hours over the phone or Zoom but so far that's been the only difference.
  5. Hey There! I would say if you are coming from a small undergraduate institution like I was, it's a big campus with alot of people around. The program itself is pretty small, and all our classes are in one place: the English building! Everyone here is happy to help if you need anything. The location is rural with alot of resources in close-by downtown Durham. I can't speak to the poetry program, but the nonfiction program is very rigorous and awesome! I'll admit I cannot take a day off. There are a very interesting diverse group of writers here with different insights and strengths in
  6. Hey Guys, Just started my MFA CW Nonfiction program at University of New Hampshire! If anyone wants to know more about the program or the application process let me know! 🐈
  7. Hey There, MFA CW programs are selective at the best of times so casting a wider net may be beneficial! I applied to 13 places in 2020. It was difficult to discern which ones were more selective than others, but I focused more on if I liked their curriculum, faculty, and if I thought my writing style meshed with their programs.
  8. Hey Guys, Just wanted to wish all who are applying or re-applying for Fall 2022 admission this round luck! For those just coming into this world, do your research while making your school spreadsheet! I have seen many a post from people who didn't get in anywhere because they only applied to the top 3 in the whole country. Cast a wide net everyone. Getting into full residency MFA programs are competitive. I personally had no idea. Selectivity percentage should not deter anyone from applying, but to be aware of it is helpful, and these numbers usually fluctuates from year to year. At the e
  9. Hey There, By skills I mean anything in your writing that would make you stand out as an applicant. Pick stories, poems, essays ect that best represents your strengths/uniqueness and thus skills as a writer. For example, my strongest skills (and uniqueness) as a nonfiction writer include weaving external research or information into longer personal narratives and playing with form. In contrast my weakest skills are writing shorter essays that require a lot of poetic imagery. So in my portfolio I didn't include any essays that didn't represent the best of what I can do. There isn't any lis
  10. Hey There, This might not be for all MFA programs, but I've observed if the page limits for the portfolios are 30+ or 20+ pages on certain applications, they like to see the different types of skills you have as a writer. (Unless you want to submit 20+ pages of a fiction novel. I'm nonfiction so I am less well versed in what you would do for that.) I made a very diverse portfolio which showed my range of style and thus depth. Even if the page limit was 10 pages, I would submit two very different essays in the two contrasting forms I was strongest in. (I think I had at least four different
  11. Hey Everyone, Since it's the start of summer, I wanted to reach out and see if there were any lurking MFA Creative Writing students attending University of New Hampshire in the fall! Of course everyone who has been accepted or otherwise are welcome. 💙
  12. Hey Guys, ( I think I posted on the wrong forum but if not, apologies for the double post!) I'm an incoming MFA CW Nonfiction student going to The University of New Hampshire who applied in Fall 2020. If anyone wants any advice on the application process as a whole, or about any of the programs I applied to below let me know! My biggest pieces of advice are: 1. Have your portfolio reflect your best work, as well as the widest range of your abilities as a writer possible. Admission committees like to see your depth. 2. Ask for your letters of recommendation as early as possible t
  13. Hey Guys, I'm an incoming MFA CW Nonfiction student going to The University of New Hampshire who applied in Fall 2020. If anyone wants any advice on the application process as a whole, or about any of the programs I applied to below let me know! My biggest pieces of advice are: 1. Have your portfolio reflect your best work, as well as the widest range of your abilities as a writer possible. Admission committees like to see your depth. 2. Ask for your letters of recommendation as early as possible to have a stress-free life for you and your professor. 3. Cast a wide net when
  14. I hope yesterday wasn't too painful for anyone! I still have not heard from Hofstra or USF so that's a mystery to me. Anyone else attending UNH besides Ydrl and I?
  15. Hey Guys, Before everyone leaves this forum, does anyone want to stay on here or make a new forum for nerding out about creative writing? I think it would be fun for people to have a summer community space to either read each other's work, recommend books or just talk about creative writing in general? I know since undergrad I have missed talking to people in the field. I'll still be writing and working on new content over the summer! Let me know! 😄
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