Feb 16, 2007, 1:00 PM
Post #157 of 714
Good point, Malber. The reason I'm applying only now (7 years out of undergrad) is because I also felt that MFA programs were mostly a giant money-making machine for schools. To some extent, I still believe that is true, though only for some schools; after all, if programs are willing to help pay a student's tuition and to provide a stipend to literally buy her time to write, their interest has to be at least somewhat extra-monetary (recognizing, of course, that they earn future prestige with each award and publication received by alumnae). Ultimately, my mind changed because I, too, decided that there were few ways clearer than pursuit of an MFA to find time to write. The past 7 years have been interesting and enriching and I wouldn't trade them for anything, but I have noticed that it has become harder and harder to find that time. Work, volunteer, social and family obligations keep popping up, and it seems that I either have to relegate poetry to hobby status (I think I've gone off on this tangent before!) or draw a line in the sand to indicate that poetry is going to be my priority for a few years. I've chosen the second, although at this point, my hopes of beginning a program this September are rapidly fading.
Re: [malber] Can SOMEONE let me read their piece??
I've started to consider alternate ways of making the time I want---for instance, I recently took a huge pay cut to leave my full-time job for a much less demanding part-time one (I'm lucky, too, as my fiancee is helping me make this financially possible). And yesterday evening, I began to put the same level of energy I put into MFA-program research into researching grants and fellowships. Assuming I am universally rejected (which, at this point, seems the most realistic assumption), I think I'll test the fellowship/grant waters; these may prove more competitive than MFA entry, and my lack of a fine arts degree may work against me, but hell, it's a viable alternative.
I don't really have a point here. I think I just needed to articulate that for my own piece of mind. : )
(This post was edited by BlueVelveeta on Feb 16, 2007, 1:02 PM)