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  1. OnBeingKenn

    MFA - CREATIVE WRITING

    Why I am putting myself through this again? I do not have an answer, but I am here. Anyone else out there going through the portfolio/statement of purpose process, still? My first application goes out next week (University of Arizona). I am beyond nervous. How do you decide when everything is "done"? When is anything ever done, haha
  2. Looking to get some advice from the folks here. I've just started at a 3 year MFA program and I'm not a fan of the location. This is definitely my fault, as I should have visited but it was by far the best offer I received and I felt the need to leave my home of 17 years. I feel I will most likely settle into the program itself but my feelings for the city won't change, and thus, I need to prepare to leave after a year. The primary issue, however, is how I would transfer back home. Only 1 out of the 5 programs I'm considering back home (NYC) is a 3 year program. The rest are 2 years. I personally don't have any qualms starting a program from scratch, but I'm not sure how to approach the application process for the 2 year programs once I have a year under my belt. I wouldn't receive credit for my courses but I'm okay with the value of a year of school/writing regardless. If you guys have any thoughts on how to handle the situation, it'd be much appreciated.
  3. Looking to get some advice from the folks here. I've just started at a 3 year MFA program and I'm not a fan of the location. This is definitely my fault, as I should have visited but it was by far the best offer I received and I felt the need to leave my home of 17 years. I feel I will most likely settle into the program itself but my feelings for the city won't change, and thus, I need to prepare to leave after a year. The primary issue, however, is how I would transfer back home. Only 1 out of the 5 programs I'm considering back home (NYC) is a 3 year program. The rest are 2 years. I personally don't have any qualms starting a program from scratch, but I'm not sure how to approach the application process for the 2 year programs once I have a year under my belt. I wouldn't receive credit for my courses but I'm okay with the value of a year of school/writing regardless. If you guys have any thoughts on how to handle the situation, it'd be much appreciated.
  4. I’m really looking for some opinions more than anything else. This year I will be applying to grad schools in creative writing (fiction). I was hoping to know what schools are best for MFA/PhD programs in creative writing, maybe ones that a good but not prestigious. I could also use some general advice about how to comb through all my options, and if a PhD will be better than getting an MFA. Thanks to anyone who replies! All advice is greatly appreciated.
  5. Mojojojo555555

    MFA 2019 - Literary Arts Applications

    Hi everyone! I write fiction, and I'm planning to apply to MFA programs for Fall 2019. I know the actual applications aren't accepted until much later; still, I am creating this forum so that we can start talking about the process, the pre-process, or whatever (virtual reality, the President, Birchbox subscriptions--no, I really hope not). I'm working on my writing sample right now, and haven't really thought too much about the schools I want to apply. But I do know that I'll only apply to fully-funded, probably two-year, programs. Has anyone decided what schools to apply to/ what writing samples to submit?
  6. TheReluctantDragon

    Should I Go? (College of New Rochelle, Fiction)

    I applied to approximately 11 schools for MFA in fiction and I was rejected from 10 of them. The school that did accept me was College of New Rochelle in Westchester, NY. While the program is tempting given its proximity to NYC, its social justice theme and its exceptional 'newness' (it was launched in 2015), they only offered about 5,000 in merit scholarship overall, and for a school that's $10,000 a semester it barely covers much, especially for someone who has to simultaneously live in new york that is, in of itself, unaffordable. As such, that makes going to get an MFA less than an obvious choice. I am a relatively new writer, wet behind the ears and still trying to get a handle on my work ethic and routine, and as such didn't have much a portfolio to cull from when sending out samples (This was probably what shot me in the foot). Still, I was taken by how impressed the college was by my work, and appreciated their personal approach to writing. My question for the folks here on this forum is thus: should I attend the program at College of New Rochelle now, or should I wait it out and develop a better voice on my own terms and have a better body of work to submit should I apply again? I'm just afraid that if i let too much time elapse, I'll never do this, or if I enter the fray again, I'lll just be rejected across the board again.
  7. breakfastfordinner

    Columbia's MFA Fiction waitlist

    Hi everyone, Does anybody have inside info on Columbia's waitlist for Fiction? I emailed admissions earlier today, but the response essentially said that they didn't have any more information and they'd let me know if a spot opened up. They also said they don't rank their waitlist. I really want to go to Columbia but I have to give other programs needing a decision soon. I'm feeling pretty stressed and any info about this year or even the process in past years would be helpful. Thanks!
  8. Ultimately, my admittedly unrealistic goal is to be a literature or writing professor. I realize that my chances are slim, so part of my thought process with grad school is that even if I end up continuing to work administrative jobs like I do now, at least a master's will allow me to apply for better jobs. Two years ago, I applied to PhD programs, but failed at getting admitted to any. This time around, I lowered my sights and applied to MFA programs, resigning myself to do my master's first. The results are that every funded and well regarded program rejected me. The only school I was accepted to is the City College of New York, but I would have to loan out 50k to 60k over two years to finish the degree. I was declined from Columbia, NYU, New School, Hunter, and Rutgers Newark. Blargh. It's disappointing because I did a research fellowship as an undergrad, I've got nearly a dozen publications in literary journals - small ones, but it's still something - and a few years of work experience. Has anyone here gone to CCNY's MFA or is in it currently? Would it be worth it? They do have a few success stories that they boast about on their program page, but I’m just afraid that CCNY wouldn’t be a big step up. I started out at community college, worked full time while I while toiling away at a small state school, and wasn’t as active as I could have been, and I feel like a lot of these schools frown upon that background. Especially when I was applying to PhD programs. I’m honestly not too sure what I should do – I could just barely afford the cost of tuition and travel to City College of New York, and while I was mentally prepared with the possibility of taking large loans, I really hoped that it’d be at a school I could be certain is worth the money. I’m also afraid that I’ll just throw away another thousand dollars on grad school applications next year and end up with the same results. After failing at getting into PhD programs last year and mostly failing at MFAs this year, I’m kind of wondering if I’m just not good enough for anything better. Right now, I'm working down in Baltimore and but I'm really eager to leave. The other option I'm considering is pursuing the MA in Teaching Writing at Johns Hopkins University. It’s a brand new program, just started up last year, and their admissions are so lax that they only ask students apply 30-60 days before the term they wish to start. Additionally, while I would have a snowball’s chance in hell at being a professor with a MFA, I feel like I might have even less opportunity with a MA. The entire degree would be about 27k, which isn't terrible compared to other schools and degrees but still definitely an investment. Thanks so much for taking the time to read that big wall of text.
  9. !!!!! Applied to Hunter’s MFA with a concentration in poetry and still waiting to hear back - has anyone heard yet? I saw some acceptances for MFA in painting went out so now I’m itchin!!! Good luck y’all!!
  10. RooibosInTheRain

    2018 Hollins MFA

    Hello. Just wanted to create a little space for dialogue in case anyone else is considering this program.
  11. Hi everyone, So far I got rejected from 2/5 of the schools I applied and I’m starting to freak. It seems that every school I applied to has notified about acceptances. Should I assume I haven’t gotten in to any if I haven’t heard a yes when most heard back over a week ago? Freaking out here and regretting not applying to more schools. Thanks!
  12. Mfa hopeful

    Columbia MFA decisions

    Very specific question here, but just wondering if others have heard back from Columbia—either rejection or acceptances? I’ve been lurking on the threads here and have seen folks posting decisions for fiction and poetry but haven’t heard from creative nonfiction applicants. Are there just fewer of us posting here?
  13. hyrule

    Weekend Results

    Hey everyone! I've seen some results going up - it looks like some people are hearing back from their schools on weekends? This is my first round of applications, so I had just kind of assumed emails/phone calls would only happen during business hours! Does anyone know otherwise? Thanks and good luck!
  14. I applied to Virginia Tech, Sarah Lawrence, NYU, Rutgers, Alabama, Michener, Houston, Iowa, Saint Mary's, and UC Irvine, and I'm so anxious to hear back! If you've applied to MFA programs, when did you hear back from your schools? Thank you so much!
  15. I'm curious to know who is your favorite author? Fiction or nonfiction and why?
  16. Hey everyone, Currently working on my application for Fall 2017 fiction MFA programs. I'm wondering if y'all have any insight into how formal MFA personal statements ought to be. My reflex is to write something conversational. Would particularly like to hear from those who have been accepted in years past - what worked for you? Thanks, Justin
  17. Kate Peterson

    Programs Under the Radar

    Just wanted to put my two cents in here when it comes to MFA programs and funding. Of course full-funding is ideal; I wouldn't recommend going in debt for an MFA unless you have a solid plan for a job post-graduation. BUT there are a lot of programs that don't make the full-funding list, but they do fully-fund most of their students. So you have to do a bit more of your own research rather than just relying on the lists of fully-funded programs, but you can still find programs that will fully-fund you, and where you have a better chance of getting in. EWU (Eastern Washington University) is one of those. I'm advocating for them because my time in the program was so wonderful that I want them to get the attention they deserve. They really want to be able to fund everyone, but they can't just yet. They do offer funding to about 75% of the students, and there are tons of opportunities beyond just teaching comp. You could teach literature, do technical writing, manage a lit mag (Willow Springs) a small press (Willow Springs Books) run educational outreach programs and coordinate a literary festival (Get Lit!), direct the Writers in the Community program (teaching outside the university classroom) and second year MFAs have the opportunity to teach creative writing (instead of comp.) So it really is worth your time to do a bit of extra research beyond the lists. It's great to aim for those really selective programs, but smart to put some of the programs that are a bit more under the radar on your list. EWU has around an 11% acceptance rate, and it's seriously an awesome program. Spokane is a great city for writers (poets especially) and really cheap to live too. Any questions about that program let me know!
  18. CarisRose

    MFA in Creative Writing

    Hello everyone! I am currently investigating MFA programs in Creative Writing. My main focus is poetry, but I'm also very interested in fiction. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences that they could share?
  19. Hello! I'm currently getting my application ready for USC's (University of Southern California) Master of Professional Writing program and wondered if anyone on here has applied and/or is attending this program. Any information provided would be great. I'm seriously nervous about the outcome but hoping for the best as I would really like to be apart of this writing program. Anyhoo, thanks for taking the time to read and perhaps respond. Much appreciated!
  20. Hi everyone, As a progressive Christian I'm interested in finding some fiction somewhere between C.S. Lewis and Jose Saramago. I tend to prefer European literature over American (especially British) but, as an example, take Flannery O'Connor who was an ardent Catholic but a staunch advocate of racial equality. Her stories "Temple of the Holy Ghost" and "The Misplaced Person" also question our society's treatment of sexual and religious minorities via Christian symbolism. Anyone have any recommendations?
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