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Feb 7, 2009, 1:54 PM

Post #101 of 120 (22581 views)
Re: [tonimac] The New School? Can't Post

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It might be, but I'd call anyway. Just to make sure all your application materials are in.

Just to back you up on this, I called on Thursday and the woman (who was super-helpful and if you want her name you can PM me) looked through my file while we were on the phone. Turns out I was missing transcripts and one reccomendation. She said they still hadn't gotten through all the mail and that I should call her back the next day. So on Friday i called and the missing rec and transcripts turned up. She confirmed that my file would be sent to the department on Monday. She also said that she'd send me a confirmation email.

So I'd definitely call if you're worried, it seems to speed things up.



Mar 3, 2009, 6:08 PM

Post #102 of 120 (22396 views)
Re: [noah] NYC MFAs Can't Post

Ok, the school isn't in NYC proper but...

has anyone heard from Syracuse's MFA program?


Mar 11, 2009, 12:10 PM

Post #103 of 120 (22258 views)
Re: [tonimac] The New School? Can't Post

I got an email from The New School today saying that they've extended their application deadline-- I didn't apply there, but was on their mailing list because of an interest in the school. I didn't apply there because of a lack of funding. Anyone with further insight as to what their funding is actually like?


Mar 11, 2009, 12:17 PM

Post #104 of 120 (22249 views)
Re: [IrisAnn] The New School? Can't Post


I applied to The New School program and have not heard a peep from them. Not even the e-mail that they extended their deadline. There is nothing on the school's web site about it either?

I don't know that much about the funding situation, though. Sorry.


Mar 26, 2009, 3:51 PM

Post #105 of 120 (22106 views)
Brooklyn Can't Post

Is anyone actually considering that MA thing they offer when they reject you?? Just wondering... I didn't think I would consider it, but now I sort of am??


Mar 26, 2009, 4:21 PM

Post #106 of 120 (22083 views)
Re: [lizlemon] Brooklyn Can't Post

ditto. i never intended to get an MA, but now I'm reconsidering. I forwarded my application for review for the program while i debate moving from boston to NYC or boston to San Fran - the only other place i was accepted to. is there any point to an MA if you don't want to get your Ph.D? i know i would enjoy the studies, but is that practical?!


Apr 1, 2009, 2:35 AM

Post #107 of 120 (21967 views)
Re: [ignorantsun] NYU Can't Post

I was waitlisted at NYU for fiction on the 25th. It's my only option and I was wondering if anybody had more info. They won't tell me how many ppl are on the list or my number. Has anyone else been accepted/waitlisted and planning on turning them down? Can anyone help me guesstimate my chances?


Apr 4, 2009, 12:52 PM

Post #108 of 120 (21834 views)
A ridiculous story about Brooklyn College Admissions Can't Post

So I applied to Brooklyn's MFA program. I have no beef with the MFA program. Brooklyn's Admissions Office, though, has got to be the most incompetent, dysfunctional and possibly corrupt office I have ever dealt with.

The short verison: Somehow, even though I already have an M.A., they suggested I transfer my application to the undergraduate division. After I emailed them back, they confirmed that they stand by this decision! (???)

The long verison:

I have a B.A. from McGill University (in Canada) and an M.A. from Teachers College at Columbia University. Because of my Canadian degree, I had to send my transcripts to a "foreign credential service" for evaluation. None of the other graduate schools I applied to this year (including two other CUNY colleges, City College and Hunter College) or back in 2005 required this.

There were three "approved" agencies and the one that seemed the most reasonably priced ended up costing about $215 ($190 for the service + $25 to receive your own copy of what they send to Brooklyn). This is on top of the $125 application fee to Brooklyn College. This agency decided that my degree is the equivalent of three years of study at a U.S. college (why, I'm not sure; Americans at McGill spend 4 years rather than the 3 years that Quebec students spend, for this reason; I studied for 4 years). The agency charges an additional $50 to re-evaluate whether they have made an error. If they agree that they made an error, you are refunded the $50, nothing else.

I don’t understand how a college can charge $125 and then require you to send your transcripts to an outside agency for more exorbitant fees and then come up with such an absurd suggestion. What was $125 for? Moving my application from one corner of a desk to another?

In the end, I had copied my email to the Admissions office to the deputy director of the English department, the professor that receives writing samples and personal statements separately from Admissions, precisely for the reason that if we went through Admissions the English department would lose so many applications through a black hole. He wrote a sympathetic, apologetic email to me saying he agreed with my position and had forwarded my email to other administrators but that I probably should not hold my breath. I felt a little vindicated by that and see no reason to battle senseless bureaucrats, but I thought I might share my story here.


Apr 4, 2009, 7:06 PM

Post #109 of 120 (21763 views)
Re: [AncaLS] A ridiculous story about Brooklyn College Admissions Can't Post

AncaLS, that so sucks. Is there any way you can get your money back from Brooklyn directly?

I applied to Brooklyn, having graduated from a Canadian university. When I got that ridiculous foreign accreditation letter I just phoned their admissions office and told them that I had a valid undergraduate degree. They didn't ask any questions and just changed my status on the computer. So, really, you should phone them up and ask to be compensated. Who knows if it'll do any good, but still.


Apr 5, 2009, 12:40 PM

Post #110 of 120 (21696 views)
Re: [MissEsquire] A ridiculous story about Brooklyn College Admissions Can't Post

MissEsquire- who did you talk to there?

I had called them when I first received the demand to send my transcripts to the credential service and the woman on the phone was very blunt, saying they wouldn't consider me without it. I couldn't get a hold of anyone above her. I think I left a voicemail with the Graduate Admissions Coordinator (GAC) who never called me back.

Then I emailed GAC about the whole undergraduate thing and he was the one who said the credential service report was "unambiguous". I may also contact McGill just so they know what is going on (doubt that would do much, but who knows).

Maybe I should try to get my money back. I'm not sure who is above GAC, and GAC was not very helpful.


May 14, 2009, 10:04 PM

Post #111 of 120 (21373 views)
Re: [Chess] NYU Can't Post

Hi Chess, I was wondering if you ever heard back from the NYU waitlist... I too have no idea how many people are on it, but am most likely about to decline my position at the school....

Justin Bryant

Jun 22, 2009, 4:21 PM

Post #112 of 120 (21181 views)
Re: [IrisAnn] NYU Can't Post

This may be old news, but as an alum I just got an email from the NYU program director announcing that Zadie Smith is joining the tenured faculty in 2010. Jonathan Safran Foer and Jonathan Lethem will also be continuing full time, and on the poetry side, Anne Carson has left Michigan and is joining NYU this fall, and Charles Simic is returning for at least one additional year.


Oct 20, 2009, 11:52 PM

Post #113 of 120 (20685 views)
Brooklyn College Funding Can't Post


I understand that Brooklyn College has very low tuition, but I can't find information on the website about whether it is possible to get a tuition waiver & stipend (through teaching assistantships, fellowships, etc.). Does anyone know if Brooklyn College offers assistantships or fellowships with full tuition waivers and stipends?

Thank you.


Nov 3, 2009, 4:07 PM

Post #114 of 120 (20496 views)
Re: [sdh11] Brooklyn College Funding Can't Post

BC mostly offers assistance through teaching appointments. (follow @electriclit for Rick Moody's new twitterable story.. starting nov. 30th)


Apr 23, 2010, 2:33 PM

Post #115 of 120 (19111 views)
Re: [edwriter] CUNY MFA Programs Can't Post

Hello, all:

It's been awhile since I've posted in the Speakeasy--partly because my (non-teaching) job at CUNY is keeping me so busy! But I wanted to let you all know about a feature in CUNY's latest Salute to Scholars magazine. It profiles CUNY's creative writing programs, faculty, and journals. You can download the full issue at (Please scroll to page 12 of the magazine to begin reading the main article and multiple sidebars.) Hope you enjoy!

And please visit, where yours truly tries to keep up with the fiction/nonfiction/poetry/translation goings-on around the University.


Quiet Americans: Stories


May 7, 2010, 11:42 AM

Post #116 of 120 (18664 views)
Re: [edwriter] CUNY MFA Programs Can't Post

Hi again, everyone:

Individual links are now available to the aforementioned CUNY MFA program spread:

Have a good weekend,
Erika D.

Quiet Americans: Stories


Sep 15, 2010, 4:06 PM

Post #117 of 120 (12447 views)
Stony Brook Southampton Can't Post

Does anybody know the situation at Stony Brook Southampton? Specifically, how's the fiction program? Any chances of funding?

Thanks in advance!


Aug 21, 2013, 1:09 AM

Post #118 of 120 (10049 views)
Perfect job for MFA students Can't Post

Dear friends,

I apologize if this is not the ideal forum to post this. But... I'm a fiction writer—and MFA graduate—who's also a small business owner. I'm looking for a part-time office assistant; what I'm offering would be, I think, an ideal job for any MFA student. Please read below. I'd rather offer the job to a fellow scribe than anyone else!

Thank you for your time.

Get Paid while Working on your

Poems, Stories, Plays!

Small Test Prep Company, Run by Fiction Writer

Looking For Students to Proctor

Mock SAT/ACT Exams

at St. Francis College (Brooklyn Heights)

Accessible by A, C, E, F,

2, 3, 4, 5, 6, R trains

· Must be able to proctor weekend mornings
· And also work 3 to 6 hours Monday through Friday (morning or early afternoon: hours flexible) as administrative assistant

Advanced Skills
Typing speed (50 wpm)
Microsoft Word and Excel
Organizational skills

Intermediate Skills
Experience with Macintosh computers, scanners
Internet Research
Familiarity with the SAT, ACT, & college application process a plus

Basic Skills
Shopping for office supplies

Flexible Hours Monday thru Friday
(Approximately 3 to 6 hours a week M through F)—varies every week

Must be able to work Saturday and Sundays (9:45 AM to 2 PM—sometimes 9:45 AM to 4 PM) proctoring SAT/ACT exams at St. Francis College in Brooklyn Heights.

However, proctoring exams is the best part of the job. You just have to tell students when to start and stop for certain sections. Compose, edit, find your Muse—while students are taking the test! You can also surf the internet.

The number of hours of work Monday through Friday varies from week to week—so please be aware of this fact. This situation could be ideal for students. For example, one week, you might want to work less because you have exams to study for.

Pay Rate: negotiable (Commensurate with office skills)

Other Info: Email your resume to


Aug 21, 2013, 1:58 AM

Post #119 of 120 (10045 views)
Re: [DylanTaiNguyen] Perfect job for MFA students Can't Post

Hi everyone,
Oops. I misspelled my email address. It should be:


Apr 3, 2016, 4:26 PM

Post #120 of 120 (2773 views)
Re: [MattElz] MA in Creative Writing - Queens College (CUNY) Can't Post

I too have the same question--anyone out there have any experience with Queens CUNY MFA in creative writing? What is the intensity of instruction--not the lit classes, but the writing instruction? Does the student have to be super proactive about getting instructors' feedback and input, and to what degree is the student challenged by instructors to push themselves out of their weak spots and comfort zones, writing-wise?

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Anyone know about the MA in English with Creative Writing concentration/thesis option at Queens College?

How is it? Who teaches there? What is the atmosphere like?

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