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podi


Jan 15, 2006, 7:02 AM

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Would anyone who has either been through or is currently enrolled in an MFA program be willing to share their reading lists? Or those of you who are applying and have managed to secure some ahead of time? I found the one posted earlier on this board (by Lan Samantha Chang) extremely helpful. I am trying to shape my own writing study as I take distance-learning courses in fiction. I figure this board and its members are a great resource. Anyway, if you choose to share, your generosity would be much appreciated...

Sergio


LookUp


Jan 20, 2006, 1:25 PM

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Pick up "The Scribner Anthology of Contemporary Short Fiction." Most MFA programs focus on the short story, and you will almost certainly hear many of the stories/authors in that anthology referenced in class. If I had it to do over again, I would've read the whole thing before heading to grad school.

Good luck and happy reading.


podi


Jan 23, 2006, 12:07 PM

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thanks for the tip, much appreciated!


LookUp


Jan 23, 2006, 12:10 PM

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No problem. And BTW: Where is Lan Samantha Chang's reading list? I'm really curious what's on it.


edwriter



Jan 23, 2006, 6:49 PM

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I didn't attend the Brooklyn College program, but I've just remembered their comp. reading list is online:

http://depthome.brooklyn.cuny.edu/...duate/mfa/r_list.htm

Enjoy!

Best,
Erika D.


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texasgurl
Stacy Patton Anderson


Jan 23, 2006, 7:10 PM

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LS Chang's list is in the first post in a thread titled "Fiction Writing Books," under the Fiction subheading. Posted kindly by murasaki--


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pongo
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Jan 23, 2006, 9:48 PM

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I have no idea where you'd find it, but I once posted my Goddard reading list somewhere around here.

dmh


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texasgurl
Stacy Patton Anderson


Jan 24, 2006, 8:50 AM

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David's list is in the low-res MFA thread, #948, Nov. 14, 2003.


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LookUp


Jan 24, 2006, 2:02 PM

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I thought of two more for you, Sergio.

Narrative Design by Madison Smart Bell -- He has a section at the begining about the ups and downs of MFA programs that I think should be required reading for anyone involved in any sort of workshop.

The Modern Library Writer's Workshop by Stephen Koch (sp?). This is a fabulous little book, the best one I know of about writing.

I would spend more time reading the genre that you're writing, though, than books about writing. These two, I think, are really, really good, of course, but mostly try to be well read in your genre so that you have a really good feel for the mechanics of it. Chances are good that you're already pretty darn well read, but pick up all the books that you always meant to read but never quite got around to. Be well read, generally, and this will contribute not only to your writing, but to your ability to discuss writing in a workshop setting.


LookUp


Jan 24, 2006, 2:03 PM

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Thanks!


podi


Feb 2, 2006, 7:48 PM

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thanks, everyone, for taking the time to give some suggestions and point me in the right direction! texasgurl, you know these posts really well. and good advice, LookUp, thanks again.


texasgurl
Stacy Patton Anderson


Feb 3, 2006, 2:13 PM

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Don't be too impressed; I just look them up using the search function. I've gone looking for David's list before, so I sort of knew where to find it.


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poetastin


Feb 14, 2006, 10:25 PM

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Maybe it's important to remember that MFA instructors use reading lists to prop up friends, teachers, and colleagues? This has been true of every workshop I've attended. Seek brilliance on your own--you may have a leg up on those raised strictly on mediocrity.

(This post was edited by poetastin on Feb 14, 2006, 11:25 PM)


shadowboxer


Feb 14, 2006, 11:02 PM

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In Reply To
Maybe it's important to remember that MFA instructors use reading lists to prop up friends, teachers, and colleagues? This has been true of every workshop I've attended. Seek brilliance on your own--you may have a leg up on those raised strictly on mediocrity.



You probably attended workshops with the wrong people/teachers.


HopperFu


Feb 15, 2006, 7:47 AM

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Sorry that you've had that experience, but I'm with shadowboxer here. The only motive any my instructors have had, as far as I can tell, was to make me a better writer....


rooblue


Feb 15, 2006, 7:50 AM

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If this was true, then just about every workshop leader I've ever met must have been good personal friends with Anton Chekhov. And Hemingway. And Flannery O'Connor. Funny, most of them didn't look that old.

 

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