Oct 5, 2011, 1:37 PM
Hi everyone -- I'm new to the Speakeasy. I'm applying for MFA programs in fiction and I was hoping to get some advice from the group here at P&W. I made the decision to apply fairly late in the game, so I've been cramming in many hours of research over the last few weeks and hope to have my list of schools finalized within the next week or so. I'm trying to get a range of locations (I've lived in and around NYC my whole life and am ready to go somewhere else for awhile) and program sizes. Ideally I will go somewhere that's more studio- than literature-oriented, supportive of a range of writing styles, where I can get some teaching experience and hopefully some funding along with it (although funding is not my number one concern at this point -- if I make it to that bridge I'll cross it), with a nice sense of community among students and in a nice town where I'll be happy to live for a few years. Beautiful scenery is a big plus, as is any kind of travel opportunity included in the program.
Re: [motet] Choosing an MFA Program (2012)
Here's my list. Can those of you who have lots of knowledge and experience in this area let me know if this seems like a good group, and if there are any obvious places I'm overlooking?
Definitely probably: Boston U, Emerson, U of New Hampshire, U of Michigan, U of Wisconsin, Washington U St Louis, Hollins, U Texas Austin (English Dept), U of New Orleans, U of Arizona, U of Washington, U of Montana, Colorado State.
And/or also maybe possibly: U of Iowa, U of Indiana, U of Kansas, U of Alabama, U of Wyoming, Bowling Green State, U of South Carolina.
As you can see I'm planning on applying to a lot of schools, as I really really want to get in somewhere. I would greatly, greatly appreciate any feedback or advice on this list. Also if anyone has been to any of these schools, by all means, let me know what your experience was like! Thanks a million!
(This post was edited by motet on Aug 9, 2012, 7:03 PM)