Mar 24, 2011, 5:05 PM
Post #2348 of 2687
Trying to decide...
I would be ever so grateful for any and all advice!
I've just spent the past couple of hours perusing this thread back to 2007, and it's been superbly informative. I recently applied to low-residency MFA in Writing programs, and my acceptances are coming in... which is wonderful and stressful at the same time. Here's my dilemma: I've been accepted to VCFA, Pacific, Spalding, Goddard, and UNO so far. I'm still waiting to hear from Queens and Lesley.
As it stands (in my ever-addled mind), my top three are VCFA, Pacific and Spalding (in no particular order). I was accepted at VCFA in CNF and Fiction, at Pacific in Fiction, and at Spalding in CNF and Fiction.
I already hold a MA in English and work as an adjunct English instructor, so teaching experience while in a program isn't a concern. I've written a novel and have a literary agent... who hasn't found a publisher for the work, and it's been a while. So, my main goals in earning a MFA in Writing are 1) becoming a better writer, and 2) earning a terminal degree that may help me to some day find a full-time teaching job at a college or university.
Here's my experience so far with VCFA, Pacific and Spalding.
1. Spalding has, by far, been the most helpful and generous (esp. when it comes to scholarship $ and assistantships). Kathleen Driskell has been a great source on the phone and off. I didn't know anything about Spalding before researching and then applying for low-res programs, but I've been impressed with what everyone is saying. It would be extremely hard to turn down, esp. considering the scholarship.
2. VCFA has always been the "big dog" of the low-res programs, in my mind at least. (I live near WW and didn't apply there, since I'd like to study both Fiction and CNF.) Again, all I've heard about this program is accolade after accolade. Knowing that I want to "try" to find a full-time teaching job in higher ed, I'm wondering if a degree from VCFA wouldn't carry more weight?
3. Pacific, for some reason, was my top choice before I started the process. Everyone there has been extremely helpful, too, and I got to hear from an (of course) highly satisfied current student. Plus, one of my favorite writers, Pam Houston, is currently on faculty there. And then there's the location....
Intrinsically, I know I couldn't go wrong with any of these programs. I've made my pro and con lists, and measure the odds: cost, time, faculty, etc. But I would still greatly appreciate any insights into choosing between the three.
Many, many thanks in advance,