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  1. Does this exist? I felt like there should be a place where we can post on here (I know about the MFA draft facebook but that thing stresses me out.) So far I've been rejected by Ohio State and I still have pending: Michener, New Writers Project, Michigan, UMass Amherst, NYU, Brown, Houston. What about y'all?
  2. Hi everyone! This may be a bit too early to start asking questions about the next application cycle, but I figured why not. I'm currently a senior in college double majoring in Cognitive Science and Creative Writing and I'm planning on applying to MFA programs this coming fall as a poetry applicant. I've been a member of the MFA Draft '19 Facebook page for some time now and seeing everyone talk about their acceptances (or lack thereof, I should say) is making me extremely nervous. I really really don't want to have to go through the application process multiple times to get accepted into a program with full-funding that's a good fit, but the more I read the more it seems like that's the way of the game. So far I have 13 schools on my list (U of Michigan, NYU, Hunter, Cornell, Brown, Syracuse, Boston U, U of Oregon, U of Washington, the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics, Temple, Mills, and UC-Riverside) and it will be a real financial hardship to apply to all 13. I'm planning on working full-time after I graduate in a month so hopefully I will be able to save/budget wisely, but presumably some of that money will be going toward paying off my undergraduate loans. I guess what I'm asking is should I take more time off to apply or should I just bite the bullet and see what happens this coming year? I know an MFA is something I whole-heartedly want and I don't plan on relinquishing that goal just yet, but part of me wonders if it's better to just keep writing on my own and submitting to journals (maybe even do a summer residency?). Yet, at the same time, I don't want to walk away from academia for too long.. If you have any thoughts or advice, I would warmly welcome it! I'm also open to suggestions on schools I should add to or remove from my list. I made sure most of the schools were fully-funded (while still being a good fit stylistically) and that the ones that aren't either fully-fund the majority of students or have a few competitive fellowships. If anything looks misguided, please let me know. Thank you so much!
  3. Hi all, I am waiting on pins and needles to hear back from my MFA programs and I'm trying to put my energy into something worthwhile, so here I am. What schools have ya'll applied to? What are your top schools? What's your genre? How many times have you applied before? Has anyone heard back from anywhere yet? I know it's early in the game but I've had so much nervous energy just thinking about it. Anyone else? How's everybody feeling? Good luck on your acceptances!
  4. 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
  5. Hi everyone! I saw that Ohio State started sending out acceptances already :0 but the rest of us still have at least a month or two to wait. It's my first time applying to MFA programs and I was curious––what do y'all like to write about? What kind of work did you put in your samples (because I'm pretty sure we all worry about sending in something too cliché lol)? I personally enjoy writing coming-of-age stories that are a bit surreal/whimsical ?and queer––of course.
  6. 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?
  7. !!!!! 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!!
  8. Hello. Just wanted to create a little space for dialogue in case anyone else is considering this program.
  9. 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?
  10. 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!
  11. 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!
  12. I'm wondering if I can pool together knowledge of programs with fellow poetry/poetics folks. I'm shooting high--looking for an M.A. with a poetry/poetics concentration, or at least faculty with the specialization. I also need the opportunity to be fully-funded--I'm not planning on attending a program without that offer. Also interested in M.A./M.F.A. programs, and programs that value interdisciplinary humanities research (i.e. my undergraduate thesis is on visual poetry so I'm interested in the intersection of lit and art as well as graphic narratives, comics, etc.) Here are the three I'm sure I'm applying to, plus other possibilities. I'm looking to add 2-3 more to my list. Brock University, Ontario, MA SUNY Buffalo, MA/PhD University of Maine, MA Possibilities: Georgetown, MA (full funding available to very few students) Northwestern, MA/MFA dual degree (a big reach--a brand new program, and they only accept 4 students a year) University of Washington, MA University of Utah, MA (full funding and Craig Dworkin, but not the most thrilling course offerings) Penn State, MA University of Wisconsin-Madison, MA (has Timothy Yu, but likely not fully-funded, course offerings okay) If any other poetics folks know of programs good for us, let's chat! I'm bummed that Portland State isn't fully-funded, as that had great faculty. Hoping there are others.
  13. Hello everyone! I am currently investigating programs in French and Francophone Studies. I'm interested modern literature and poetry. Does anyone have any suggestions or experiences that they could share?
  14. Hey yall! So I got good news for my MFA poetry applications-- I'm a Berkeley local and applied to SFSU's MFA program as well as CCA's MFA and got into both! I am having a lot of trouble figuring out what I should do. I'd appreciate as much advice as possible! Right now I'm thinking about these things: SFSU: is a LOT cheaper, and I'm getting a scholarship for the first semester; amazing staff; offers teaching certification included with degree; is located kind of far away so commuting will be a pain depending on how many days a week I am actually on campus [tuition is approx 7k per year] CCA: private art school; offering me a more prestigious array of scholarships even though it will still end up more expensive than SFSU; no teaching certification; amazing campus, but i'll be surrounded by people who are mostly willing or able to dive into an insanely high tuition and idk how comfortable id feel being in that environment as a low income person of color [tuition is approx 40k per year, but i would basically be receiving 70% of my tuition covered] I've also been traveling all month for academic events and its made it super hard to organize the pros and cons of each. Basically floundering a little!!! Thank you in advance <3
  15. Since I will be out of school until the Fall of 2017, I decided to make my New Year's Resolution to read more frequently. I have always regretted not reading as much of the classics as I would like. I will be studying psychology, so I may want to avoid books on that subject, but I love anything educational and enhancing. If you have a list or recommendations for must-reads, please share them! I'm currently focusing on The Classics according to Good Reads.
  16. Hey everybody. Were you accepted into the UT Austin Poetry MFA? Do you have other offers? Are you planning on going somewhere else? Because this is my only good news, & it's a wait list. Trying to plan my future, yo. Also: anyone know what their funding amounts are? Ty, and go in peace, fellow poets!
  17. Hello, all, Forgive me for the likely numerous crimes against etiquette I'm committing—I'm new here!—but I thought you folks seemed awfully keen and was hopeful you may lend me some advice. I've been trying to decide on a PhD program which may be the right fit for me. But it's hard deciding. I've been given advice that the toppiest of top programs is where it's at and anything else is an utter waste of time; I've also been told to find my "fit." Because my degree was in the humanities, because I have little time to prepare for the GRE(s), and because I don't have a strong second language, I feel I am going to have trouble getting accepted in any of the top universities. What I do have is an MFA, a few publications (poetry), in-field job experience (bookstores and editing), and a whole lotta ambition. I want to get the absolute most out of a PhD program and continue towards becoming one of those uber-generalists like Joseph Campbell or Ezra Pound who didn't do things traditionally but had some success and learned oodles and oodles on the way. And I want to go through a PhD program with the mindset of learning as much as I can and improving my writing craft, publishing connections, and knowledge. So, I'm at your mercy: how do I decide where will be the "right fit" for me? And as I describe my aims, do any universities you know of leap to mind? Should I focus on Literature or should I focus entirely on a creative writing PhD? Is it alright to choose a college which may not be so highly ranked, but would offer the student chances to diversify their study widely and pursue their own vision?—and if so, which colleges are these? I have found it difficult to tell on my jaunts through website after website. Thank you for any and all help with my endless questions. I really appreciate it.
  18. 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. I'm an Indian national, with a 4-year Bachelor's degree in Engineering. I'm interested in pursuing MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry). Since funds are a major concern for me, I want the course to be a fully funded one-- financial aid starting from the first semester itself. Also, I need to maximise my chances of selection; hence, I'm looking to apply to okay to decent schools where chances of converting the application are comparatively higher than top universities which take very very few students. I know I can build from a small start. Hence, could you please suggest (out of the confounding number of schools) a few select names which satisfy these constraints of mine? Any information in this regard would be extremely helpful.
  20. Hi there, and thanks in advance for any advice you can offer I am applying for my MFA in Creative Writing (Poetry). I've been battling my SOP for a solid week. I am curious as to what approaches anyone has found successful in their SOP for poetry in particular. I'm particularly interested in two things: (1) Tone - trying to find a balance of professionalism and, of course, creative voice....not sure how conservative to be. (2) Poetry-related content...Do admissions boards what to know specific poets I read? Who inspires me? My academic understanding/study of the craft? I'm absolutely stuck...Sincerely appreciate direction and thoughts ~ Thanks!!
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