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  1. I'm currently applying for Phd programs in media studies. I noticed on some applications they ask for a writing sample, however I don't actually have any current research articles to submit. I did complete a Master program, where I did a short documentary as my research thesis vs a full length thesis paper. So my question is what should I do to complete the writing sample portion of my application? Also are there any tips anyone has for ways that I can make a strong application. I currently have a BA in TV Production, an MS in Journalism and several years of media and teaching experience in tv production, however I am geared towards completing a Phd now in media studies which deals directly with film this time around so I can broaden my background in media as a whole.
  2. parisienne91

    Configuring Writing Sample

    Hi All, I'm in the process of applying to DePaul University's M.A. in International Studies program for Fall Quarter. Right now, I'm debating on my writing sample; the maximum length that I can submit is 8 pages from my undergraduate thesis. I've decided to select the analysis section of my paper, roughly around 5 pages, I'm wondering how much "background" on my research I should give prior to the actual analysis portion. I know that quantity doesn't always trump quality, but for some reason I feel weird not using all of the 8 pages allowed. What are your thoughts on this? DePaul is my top school and really want show the adcomm my best. The app is due on Friday and I would love all of your insight!
  3. I'm preparing for my second round of applications for Literature Ph.D. positions in the field of Modernism. Last time, my writing sample was a lightly edited version of a well-received paper I'd written on Virginia Woolf. This year, I'd been planning to compose a new paper on Woolf: she's far and away the writer I'm most grounded in, but my old papers tended to rely far more heavily on close readings than theoretical framework. I expect (though correct me if I'm wrong!) that a solid theoretical grounding is one of the most important things to demonstrate in the writing sample, so am happy to write a largely fresh paper. Starting to look into the Woolf criticism, though, my ideas seem insufficiently different from a lot of the extant thought, and with such a major author, that seems to be true about any of the really sound ideas I could develop. So would it be better to scrap the Woolf paper, and write on an author who I'm less familiar with, but would be a fresher voice upon? Or should I write the paper that would be well-developed and reflective of my most knowledgeable area, but which represents a rather stale critical voice? I appreciate any opinions offered!
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