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Genre includes sci fi, fantasy, romance, horror, westerns, YA - basically, there are certain rules that if you're writing genre, you're following. For example, in fantasy the rules are you will be in a fantastical setting that has some sort of magical element. If you're writing a western, it'll be set in the old American west and it'll have cowboys. That kind of thing. Usually, but not always, genre is plot-driven. Neil Gaiman, George R.R. Martin, and Stephen King write genre.
Literary is a little harder to define - pretty much, if it's not genre, it's literary. If you're in a bookstore and there's just a big shelf that says "FICTION", that'd be the literary section. Usually, but not always, it's character-driven.


If you want to send me some of your writing I'd be happy to look at it and tell you if I think it's genre or literary, and why. 

Thank you so much, HookedOnSonnets! This is very helpful!! Now that I think about it, I feel like my writing fits under the Literary category but allows some genre feeling in as well. I would love to see if I'm correct though! How would I go about sending you some of my works?

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Honestly, I'm starting to really doubt if I'm even a good enough writer to stand any real chance at acceptance somewhere. 

This is how I feel ALL THE TIME. Seriously. I'm applying this year too, and finalizing my list of schools is bringing on a fully-fledged panic attack. Have people been able to sniff out a few programs at which one might have a chance at funding that have an acceptance rate better than 1-5%?

I'm going to work really, really, REALLY hard on my sample for this. But it's hard because I feel nervous even at the thought of it, spending money to apply to all of those schools and then not getting in anywhere...

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Hey guys,

I decided to write here because your, writers', population is much bigger than ours, screenwriters', but we're still related and still trying to do the same - to get into an MFA program! So I'm looking for feedback on my SoP and PHS, and maybe some of you folks are looking for the same thing, or somebody just willing to help, etc. I created a separate topic about this, you can find it here: http://forum.thegradcafe.com/topic/69263-screenwriting-mfa-2016-sop-feedback/

So let's swap or just help each other. I'm hesitant to post on the Facebook's MFA 2016 group just yet, because I keep it a secret from the people in my real life that I'm applying. If you know somebody from this or previous groups, ask them please personally if they can help.

I'd also love to read successful statements of admitted students, so PM me if you have one.

Thanks!

Betts

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Hi everyone :)

I'll be applying in a few weeks to the following schools. 

UT, University of Houston, NYU, Boston University, Columbia, Cornell*, Iowa*, Brown*, John Hopkins*

*I'm still thinking about the asterisk schools. 

I have horrible anxiety right about now. I applied to Boston last year and didn't get in. But this year I'm also going to be applying to some safety programs... though I really don't know if I'd be happy studying just plain Literature. 

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Well, good luck--the well known MFA programs are notoriously tough to get into. I have a couple friends who did Michener and a some who went to Iowa. and Columbia. I feel like Iowa still has the best chance of helping someone get an agent or a book deal, then Columbia, but that may be because they're large and have been around for so long. I got an MFA from a no-namer, and it was a decent experience. 

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23 hours ago, JustJoe1076 said:

I'll be applying in a few weeks to the following schools. 

UT, University of Houston, NYU, Boston University, Columbia, Cornell*, Iowa*, Brown*, John Hopkins*

*I'm still thinking about the asterisk schools.

Hey, you said "in a few weeks."  Some of these deadlines are quickly approaching.  I just wanted to give you a head's up.  I think University of Houston and UT's deadlines are 12/15.

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On 7/10/2015, 4:13:24, savy-senpai said:

Hey ewoj, I just graduated from Texas State as an undergrad, and had the chance to work closely with Debra Monroe on my final honors thesis. She is amazing, and so is a lot of the other staff there. If you have any questions about that school, I can do my best to answer. I was a creative writing minor, so I made the rounds of the staff but don't have as much experience as a major would have.

Hey, Savy, were you in Jennifer Dubois' CW class with me?  I think I remember your writing being pretty darn good.

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On December 4, 2015 at 3:56 PM, nmachart42 said:

Hey, you said "in a few weeks."  Some of these deadlines are quickly approaching.  I just wanted to give you a head's up.  I think University of Houston and UT's deadlines are 12/15.

Thanks! I think I'm on track to submit by then.

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Hi. :D 

I'm applying to MFA programs. I saw some debate on genre. I'm a horror literaryish writer and my thesis advisor told me to submit part of my thesis/honors creative project (that is horror) because it doesn't come off as holy crap horror, but more of an existential horror. It takes place in the Incan Empire because I wanted to mix my anthropology and English major. I'd say as long as you don't have aliens with laser guns, you'll be fine. Or that's what I'm hoping. Watch me get rejected everywhere. Eeek! 

However, if I can only submit one story, I submit my non-genre one. I go to SIUC right now as an undergrad. Literally my only criteria for where I apply is: are hedgehogs legal in the state and is the funding alright? And can I teach? 

I'm honestly terrified of not getting in anywhere, but then I'll probably go for it again next year. Most of my apps are going towards pretty prestigious schools, and that's because I'm a little crazy. But we have to be as writers, right? I might be going for long shots, but if I get shot down, I'll just be more prepared next time.

Here are my schools: 

Iowa (actually emailed them about genre and they said go for it)

Syracuse

Wisconsin-Madison

UMass-Amherst 

Columbia College

Miami University

Mayybbee Adelphi?

Witchita

Michigan

Minnesota

Art Institute of Chicago

Brown

Boise State

Edited by LexieB

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Okay so I applied to Cornell & UT. <_< Definitely don't feel too great about them. Submitting NYU on the 18th. 

I'm so glad there are more deadlines coming up. I can tell the later I submit, the more confident I'll feel. 

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On 12/15/2015 at 3:17 PM, JustJoe1076 said:

Okay so I applied to Cornell & UT. <_< Definitely don't feel too great about them. Submitting NYU on the 18th. 

I'm so glad there are more deadlines coming up. I can tell the later I submit, the more confident I'll feel. 

I submitted to UT as well, Houston, as well as others.  I feel like my confidence has gone down since clicking all those "submit" buttons.  Mostly because of the waiting, and this sense that I forgot something.  I can't stand waiting.

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Why does this thread seem to have gone dead? I have applied to the following programs: Cornell, Virginia Tech, Virginia, OSU, Boston and Mississippi. 

Mississippi Stage 1 results were due January end. Anybody has news there? 

How are you people doing with anxiety? 

Edited by manoshij

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On 1/23/2016 at 11:11 PM, holycat said:

Is EVERYONE over at Draft or what? Any lurkers out there, looking for company? 

As I seem to be unable to join the Draft (seriously though, am I just that Facebook illiterate or what?), I'm hoping there are a few more people around here.

I've applied to:

  • Michener
  • New Writers Project
  • Fairbanks
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Irvine
  • Riverside
  • Northern Michigan

I was only going to go with four, but I got talked into bumping it up to "at least eight." Not feeling great about any of them. 

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Good luck, @manoshij and @GlowStick! I applied to 11 schools and have read/heard somewhere of someone who applied to 20, so 8 is nothing! :) 

So far, I've only heard from one Program and it was an acceptance. I'm over the moon. 

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On 8/26/2015 at 6:36 PM, meagan29 said:

This is how I feel ALL THE TIME. Seriously. I'm applying this year too, and finalizing my list of schools is bringing on a fully-fledged panic attack. Have people been able to sniff out a few programs at which one might have a chance at funding that have an acceptance rate better than 1-5%?

I'm going to work really, really, REALLY hard on my sample for this. But it's hard because I feel nervous even at the thought of it, spending money to apply to all of those schools and then not getting in anywhere...

Thank you so much for posting this. This is exactly how I feel, and none of my friends and family members seem to understand. Given the acceptance rates, the whole thing feels like a complete gamble, and so much money (not to mention self-esteem) is on the line.

I've been obsessively checking the list of 2016 acceptances, and I'm panicking over the fact that some people have already heard from two of the schools I applied to (Syracuse and ASU).

Edited by gaudysideoftown

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^ I applied to Syracuse too, and that is the one I'm crossing my fingers hardest for. I only saw that one poetry one got accepted, so I'm not too worried yet.

I also applied to Minnesota and apparently they've started sending out replies. :/ 

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On February 2, 2016 at 3:16 PM, GlowStick said:

As I seem to be unable to join the Draft (seriously though, am I just that Facebook illiterate or what?), I'm hoping there are a few more people around here.

I've applied to:

  • Michener
  • New Writers Project
  • Fairbanks
  • Iowa
  • Montana
  • Irvine
  • Riverside
  • Northern Michigan

I was only going to go with four, but I got talked into bumping it up to "at least eight." Not feeling great about any of them. 

I'm not feeling great about anywhere I applied either. :/ I think it's normal. I don't know anyone who is confident about this.

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12 minutes ago, LexieB said:

^ I applied to Syracuse too, and that is the one I'm crossing my fingers hardest for. I only saw that one poetry one got accepted, so I'm not too worried yet.

I also applied to Minnesota and apparently they've started sending out replies. :/ 

Yeah, I noticed that too. Do you think they go through poetry applications first then? I was hoping that was the case, but who really knows.

Oh, and I went to UW - Madison for my undergrad, and the CW program was absolutely outstanding (and the city has a pretty big art scene!). I'm happy to see you're applying there. :) 

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UW-Madison is another one I really want to get accepted at! :D (And the city is fantasticcccc. I really want a city in general. I've lived within 3 yards of a cornfield my entire life.) 

I think they might? It could be different decision committee too. But I've looked at times when they've previously notified people and it's usually mid to late Februaryish. 

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It helps the time go by faster. I've already accepted that I'm not going to calm down until I get all the notifications. Might as well poke at every little anxiety causing detail. :lol:

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47 minutes ago, gaudysideoftown said:

Oh my gosh! I've gone through and looked at past notification dates too. I'm glad to see I'm not the only one who's obsessing to this extent. :P 

You absolutely are not. :) I have a spreadsheet with projected notification dates and everything. o_O Well, what was I supposed to do while I wait?!

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