Mar 7, 2007, 11:32 AM
Post #59 of 2090
I guess this goes for anyone who's looking for an emergency backup plan for creative writing M.A. or Ph.D. degrees: The Center for Writers at Southern Miss technically has a deadline of March 1st for people who want funding, but Rie Fortenberry, the Admissions Coordinator, has just told me that they're willing to extend that deadline and it's not too late (though, obviously, the sooner you get in your application the better).
Re: [bktv] Starting this up again, seeking your thoughts..
Some quick info:
- They offer full tuition waivers.
- They offer stipends of $10k and $15k. $15k stipends are strictly for Ph.D. students, and while not all Ph.D. students get the $15k, I'm pretty sure they get at least the $10k. (I'm finishing up my M.A. here and I've lived on a $10k stipend just fine, no loans needed.)
- The M.A. degree is two years, and the Ph.D. degree, unlike most other places, is three years.
- The program has about 45 people total, poetry and fiction included. It's a small faculty, with two poets and two fiction writers (they're looking to hire a third person to replace Mary Robison), and we have visiting writers conduct the occasional workshop. During my time here, I've workshopped with Amy Hempel, Ann Beattie, Tony Earley, and others. Additionally, we've had Dave Smith, Lucie Brock-Broido, Stuart Dischell, James Tate, and other people swing by for readings. Actually, Tate workshopped too, but I'm not a poet so I didn't get to work with him. Because it's a small program when these visiting writers come you get pretty intimate with them. I had lunch with Ann Beattie and James Tate, and talked to Amy Hempel and Tony Earley for quite a while at their receptions. By reception I mean a small party at some faculty member's house, where twenty people show up and eat and drink and chat.
- A typical courseload is one workshop, one literature class, and one readings class. Your dissertation is just your creative work, no lit papers. (Well, for M.A.; I think it's the same for Ph.D., though I'm not certain.)
- Don't need GRE Lit scores.
- Love the teachers here. My writing now and my writing two years ago are, well, night and day. One of the fiction teachers doesn't publish much because he spends all his time teaching. He will go through every single sentence, every word, of your story, regardless of what "level" you're at, and talk to you about what he thinks is working and not, and what should be done to address it. The other one looks at your stories and your writing as a whole from a bigger perspective. They balance each other out pretty well.
- They don't mind if you cross genres. I've taken two poetry classes, and another fiction person is enrolled in a poetry workshop this semester.
- The fiction writers, poets, and lit students all comingle together. My roommate, for instance, is a poet. It's a very supportive environment.
- Located in Hattiesburg, about a hundred miles north of New Orleans. I head down there for Mardi Gras, Voodoo Fest, Jazz Fest, etc.
Anyway, if you want more information about the program or the city let me know (jwang at juked dot com). And if you're interested in applying (still time to get financial support) I'd suggest getting in touch with Rie right away so they know to expect something.
Thanks again Fuzen. I think that I'd rather wait a year than go somewhere with no funding. As it is now, I'm looking at $12k in loans from my MFA (not bad for USC). I will certainly consider South. Miss. if I do pull the rejection trifecta. Any word on how FSU is doing their waitlist? Or any news from Houston?