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motet
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Jan 21, 2007, 9:45 AM

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This topic is for discussions about the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas at Austin.

Michener Center's MFA in Writing has a multi-genre emphasis: students work in at least two areas--chosen from fiction, poetry, playwriting and screenwriting--exploring new voices and forms while developing a body of work in a primary field of concentration.

The MFA is a three-year, 54 semester-hour degree. Students are in residence and enrolled full-time.

The link above to their web site provides more detailed information.

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Lucianaf


Jan 21, 2007, 3:36 PM

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Anyone else having trouble checking if their materials got through to Austin? I mailed my stuff on 1.3, but their web site still says the grad school hasn't gotten my transcripts, and the writing program said they can't check to see if my sample got there. Yarg!!


v1ctorya


Jan 21, 2007, 4:16 PM

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The site tells me everything is there, don't know about the transcript though - I mean, I delivery confirmed so know from that SOMEONE has it.

OH, but it took about a month for it all to show (I mailed everything by 12/15)


HopperFu


Jan 21, 2007, 4:40 PM

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Could be the winter break effect, as well.... Schools are just starting up again in full swing.


Lucianaf


Jan 21, 2007, 8:21 PM

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HopperFu, you are likely correct -I just checked again on an obsessive compulsive whim, and my transcripts are now marked as received as of 1/8.

v1ctorya, if I ever have to do this again, I am totally springing for delivery confirmation; it would have been worth the peace of mind.


Ms. Mystery


Jan 22, 2007, 1:20 AM

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Keep in mind that, with the Ice Apocalypse of 2007, mail has been a little slower here than usual. UT had two snow days last week.

By the way, I'm a current Michener student and will happily answer some questions-- PM me if you want to know about the program. And good luck to everybody! I remember freaking out about the application process last year & it was rough. Take care!

X
Sarah


wildmind1


Jan 22, 2007, 1:50 PM

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Does anyone know when MCW generally notifies its applicants or if there is a waiting list? I hear they are expecting hundreds of applications. I, too, applied and am keeping my fingers crossed.


Elika619


Jan 22, 2007, 2:06 PM

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I think, unfortunately, they notify people on the later side, around late March. I'm not sure if it's earlier if you are accepted....


renapoo


Jan 22, 2007, 6:07 PM

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By the way, I'm a current Michener student and will happily answer some questions-- PM me if you want to know about the program.

I think everybody would be interested to know about the faculty situation, since there's been some discussion about how iffy it seems. Are your classes mostly taught by visiting faculty that changes each semester? And, of course, how do you like the faculty, are they accessible, etc.?

oh, and you're in poetry, right?


Purple Frosting


Jan 22, 2007, 7:26 PM

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Dear All,
I had sent my transcripts in to Michener Ctr on Jan. 5 and they were still not showing up as having been received as of yesterday, so I phoned the graduate admissions office for U Texas Austin, and spoke with the person who had signed for receiving my packet (I sent it on an express mail service) on Jan. 9. She said that the university is dealing with thousands of applications and it may take a few weeks for them to update their online status information to reflect the reality of what materials have been received.
Not to panic.....
Best wishes to all.


Ms. Mystery


Jan 23, 2007, 12:34 AM

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A few general answers and a caveat: this is only my second semester and I'm still getting the lay of the land, but the professors I've worked with so far have been helpful and available and all that good stuff. (And actually, I think I already know who I want to advise my thesis.) Of course, because of the visiting faculty model, there can be a great degree of variance from semester to semester--last semester, two of my three courses were taught by visiting writers, but this time around they're all with permanent faculty. Because the Michener Center shares resources with the UT's English department, there are more permanent faculty than it may seem at first. Also, because we have primary and secondary concentrations (mine are poetry and fiction respectively) some semesters will be heavier on one genre than the other. The big picture, though, is that I prioritized financial support, location, and teaching load (none!) over faculty, so this program is a great fit for me.

I hope that's helpful. I don't mind answering more specific questions, but I would rather answer them out of the public forum.

X
Sarah


steelcity


Jun 7, 2008, 1:38 PM

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For any past or present Michener students out there:

I'm a prospective applicant to the program (Fall 2009, poetry & undecided about secondary genre). I have a couple of questions about the program that I'm hoping someone can shed some light on. The excellent funding situation at Michener seems unparalleled -- my only concern is that the lack of TA experience may not bode well on the academic job market down the road, both for the resume and more importantly because of the lack of teacher training. Have people found this to be the case or is it really a non-issue? Do people feel that experience working in the Writers in the Schools program served as adequate preparation for undergraduate teaching? I know of course that publication is paramount on the job market, but do people feel that the lack of a TA component to funding has affected their preparation for teaching at all?

Second question: Michener is also unique in that there is the 2nd MA Creative Writing program in the UT English department. Can any current or past students speak to the relationship between the two programs? As Michener seems better funded and more prestigious than the MA program, I wonder if this leads to any tension between students and faculty?

Basically, Michener looks like a dream program (3 yrs, excellent funding, cool town, etc.), but before I send off my application this fall, it would be helpful to delve a bit deeper than the website.

*K



__________



Jun 10, 2008, 4:38 AM

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I am not a current or former Michener student. I can share the experience of a friend: he did something similar to the writers in the schools program and felt he was better-prepared for teaching than those who just did a wimpy TA. He also reports that each school had different feelings concerning the whole TA issue.

My own feelings are that the pope has a better chance of catching AIDS than either one of us has of (1) getting into Michener and then (2) finding a solid teaching job with no book or PhD. We should be worrying about more productive things -- like lightning, or whether that one co-worker is a terrorist.


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sarahc


Jun 18, 2008, 1:35 PM

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For any past or present Michener students out there:

I'm a prospective applicant to the program (Fall 2009, poetry & undecided about secondary genre). I have a couple of questions about the program that I'm hoping someone can shed some light on. The excellent funding situation at Michener seems unparalleled -- my only concern is that the lack of TA experience may not bode well on the academic job market down the road, both for the resume and more importantly because of the lack of teacher training. Have people found this to be the case or is it really a non-issue? Do people feel that experience working in the Writers in the Schools program served as adequate preparation for undergraduate teaching? I know of course that publication is paramount on the job market, but do people feel that the lack of a TA component to funding has affected their preparation for teaching at all?

Second question: Michener is also unique in that there is the 2nd MA Creative Writing program in the UT English department. Can any current or past students speak to the relationship between the two programs? As Michener seems better funded and more prestigious than the MA program, I wonder if this leads to any tension between students and faculty?

Basically, Michener looks like a dream program (3 yrs, excellent funding, cool town, etc.), but before I send off my application this fall, it would be helpful to delve a bit deeper than the website.

*K




sarahc


Jun 18, 2008, 1:36 PM

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Hey steelcity. I'm a current Michener fellow in fiction. Question One: hard to say, since I haven't tried to get a teaching job yet, but what everyone here says is what you've already said in your question--publishing books will get you teaching jobs. The Michener Center doesn't purport to prepare future teachers. It's all about turning out working writers. If you want to prioritize teacher training in the MFA, this program might not be a good fit.

Question Two: yeah, there's some tension. It's too bad, since there's really no difference between the writing going on in the MA and MFA programs. There are MA writers I don't think I've met. MCW is in a weird position in that respect, but not weird enough that it's not worth it to come here for the money, time, and connections. Anyway, the tension between the MA and MFA programs hasn't gotten in the way of my writing or workshops.

Good luck with your application!

Sarah


Ms. Mystery


Jun 20, 2008, 6:39 PM

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Hi there. I'm also a current Michener Fellow (poetry). You've certainly hit on two of the biggest questions applicants and prospective students ask about the program. As far as teaching experience goes, I'm not particularly worried about it and I don't get the sense many other students are, either. Then again, I taught in a poets-in-the-schools program as well as an arts charter school for a year before I moved here so I already had some experience and was honestly kind of tired of teaching, so I saw the no-TAing thing as a boon. We have two great writers-in-school organizations here, Badgerdog which is well-established, and Austin Bat Cave, which is just starting out. Also, one recent grad arranged to team-teach an undergraduate workshop with one of the poets on faculty, which worked wonderfully well--she got an excellent teaching job right after she graduated. But generally, the Michener Center works from the logic that publications are more likely to help writers land teaching jobs.

As far as tension between the MA and MFA programs go, it sort of varies from year to year but it's definitely a presence. Often more of an elephant-in-the-room kind of presence. There was a lot of camaraderie my first year, and seemingly less last year, but it really depends on the people, and sometimes on the genre. I get the sense that MA and MFA poets are closer than MA and MFA fiction writers. (What do you think, Sarah? Oh, and hi there!) Like Sarah says, it's not such a weird dynamic that it should keep anybody away from either program. It's never been an issue in my workshops or regarding any other collaborative efforts between programs (such as the Bat City Review.)

Usually, the third question about the Michener Center has to do with the visiting faculty situation and whether it gives us enough mentor support to work with. Happily, that question is moot (for poets anyway) because Dean Young will be teaching here as a permanent faculty member starting in the fall (YAY), and as I understand it, plans are in the works to hire a permanent fiction professor soon.

Hope all of this helps!


Raysen


Aug 5, 2008, 8:53 PM

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Does the multi-genre requirement help or hinder your writing and workload?

I personally haven't thought much beyond fiction but, in my mind, if I had to pick a secondary genre, I'd be pissed. One could argue that one genre helps the other genre because exposure to different forms can only enhance your writing.


twoheadedboy


Oct 9, 2008, 1:41 PM

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Does anyone have information or advice about choosing screenwriting as your primary concentration at the Michener Center? I studied fiction as an undergraduate, so I am really excited about the multi-genre emphasis.

How many screenwriters do they take per year? On average how many apply? It seems like the overwhelming majority of students there are studying fiction or poetry. Is there any kind of community for screenwriters?


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rivera



Jan 12, 2009, 3:16 PM

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I sort of have the same question.

I am purely a fiction writer but found this program to otherwise be a great fit. I have some experience with screenwriting and only a little experience in poetry (beginners creative writing where I wrote and workshopped, a writing course where I'm writing fiction but workshopping lots of poetry, and a 20th century poetry course I'm taking now). After a lot of soul searching I decided to select poetry as my secondary genre on my application. I figured I would work hard to learn from poets in my classes and read as much poetry as possible. If I am accepted, I will of course write as much poetry as I can over the summer. I'm just worried that I made the wrong choice, since I don't exactly feel confident as a poet. But then again, I don't feel confident in other genres either so maybe I made the correct and only choice.

Thoughts anyone?


germericanqt


Jan 12, 2009, 7:35 PM

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If they were that worried about our expertise in our second genre, they would have had us submit samples from both genres. I think that the second genre is supplemental to the first in many ways--studying another form of writing in order to help us flesh out the first, give us new ways to solve problems, and help us explore different aspects of our creativity. I'm sure that if they are impressed with your sample they'll be perfectly willing to help you develop and polish your abilities in your second genre.


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rivera



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That makes a lot of sense. Thanks. Makes me feel considerably better, actually. :)


Raysen


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What effect, if any, did the huge hurricane in Texas from this past summer have on the program? Did everyone have to evacuate?


jamescho


Jan 13, 2009, 8:00 PM

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What effect, if any, did the huge hurricane in Texas from this past summer have on the program? Did everyone have to evacuate?


No affect at all. Austin is around 200 to 300 miles inland. Ike mainly affected the coastal cities surrounding Galveston and Houston.


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IrisAnn


Feb 20, 2009, 4:18 PM

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I am playing the waiting game.

I submitted to about 7 schools, but in my heart of hearts it is only the Michener Center. I want to drunk dial them every night and leave messages proclaiming my love, how its the only one for me, how I wish it could just see what I see, how I want us to be together someday... I don't mind the lack of teaching experience, I mainly want to be there to write and work on manuscripts and publishing. I love the multi-discipline work too.

The worst part (and I mean best part) lately for me is the visiting faculty. It is just... too perfect. I was considering going to Tin House's summer conference this year (for my second time) just to work with Marie Howe. And I heard an interview with Antonya Nelson on NPR and she blew me away. I resolved then and there to buy everything and read her immediately. Then I log onto the Michener website to see what is going on with their faculty list, and oh my god, everyone I love is there. It is so scary to want something this much, and to see all these signs of how appropriate it would be for me to be there right now! Ah!

I keep hearing that late March is when I can expect an acceptance/rejection. I'm assuming that's accurate. I know some people who get waitlisted may not hear till June! Till then: positive visualization, deep breathing, etc. I keep telling myself SOMEONE has to be the one to get in. It could be me.

This isn't so much of a question I guess. It's more of a rant. My non-applicant friends are sort of sick of hearing all of this. We'll be having a nice dinner somewhere and I'll just blurt out something about the faculty, program, or city. It's gotta start coming out somewhere else.

So thanks, Michener thread.
And if you find it in you, pray for me.

-- Iris


twoheadedboy


Feb 20, 2009, 4:54 PM

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Today, at last, my manuscript and personal statement have been listed as received on the graduate school's website. I'm so nervous that this means they have made decisions, at least in my genre, and are getting things in order with the graduate school to admit and deny people.


reality writes


Feb 20, 2009, 4:54 PM

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hey Iris,
I hear you. Michener really sounds like the a dream school. Did you also apply to Sarah Lawrence? Marie is a full-time faculty member there, I think. At least she used to be - a friend of mine studied with her there. However, my friend didn't have great things to say about her as a teacher. I don't want to speak hearsay or drag anyone's name in the mud, I'm just sayin'. My friend could have been completely out of line and not used to criticism. But also, sometimes our favorite writers aren't the best teachers.
Here's hoping both you and me get into the best programs for us.
and yes, I think I've said my share of prayers for Michener, too!

Oh, and for the rest of us waiting, who else also applied to the M.A. program there? I did, and they sent my postcard back saying they would notify late February/early March.


SevenFreckles


Feb 20, 2009, 8:55 PM

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I applied to Michener too... but I have to say it is a program I rarely think about. I'm not sure -why- I bothered to apply, but I think I have a similar motive when I occasionally play the really big-money lottery drawings. I know the chances of winning are slim to ridiculous, but I just have to try anyway. Cornell and UVA are similar for me. I don't even fantasize about getting in, but wouldn't it be amazing if I did. :) Michener... three years to just write. It would be a beautiful thing.


kojak


Mar 6, 2009, 9:24 PM

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I am making attempt to revive this thread. As I understand, many people found out from their online status check that they were rejected, but just as many can read the message that their application is being reviewed. I am one of the latter, and although chances of being picked are slim, I must say I am enjoying the day dreaming, so far...


rebeccavl


Mar 9, 2009, 5:09 PM

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Kojak: I'm still dreaming too. I noticed that my status page looks slightly different this week than it did last week. Although the text remains the same as it has since December (" We have received all credentials required to process your application. Your file has been forwarded to the Graduate Committee for review"), this phrase, while once in plaintext and left aligned, is now slightly indented, and in a light blue box.

I have tried to read a positive meaning into the blue box for several days now.

This is of course useless and obsessive, but it comforts me a little.


Khalilah


Mar 9, 2009, 7:18 PM

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So, even though I am out of the running, I have been wondering who DID get in i.e. if any of the MCW acceptees are tapping in to the forum. So speak up and to you guys looking at blue colored reviews, best of luck.


kojak


Mar 10, 2009, 1:34 PM

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My status hasn't changed yet, but I was hoping to find out more information about the program and connect with some people who are going there. It would be great to find out if and when they pick someone!


VesperGloaming


Aug 6, 2009, 3:08 PM

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I'm applying to this school and it will be a dream come true if I get in (or as someone put it, winning the jackpot). I live only an hour away from Austin and I graduated from UT Austin, so I know the area pretty well. I also know a few of the creative writing professors since I took a few creative writing classes as an undergrad. I hope I left a good impression--good enough for them to remember me and consider me as a potential student.


ryanduke


Feb 4, 2010, 12:22 PM

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Time to apply the EKG and bring this thread back to life. Let us know, if your phone rings with good news from Austin.


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Feb 4, 2010, 12:46 PM

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Generally all acceptances, regardless of school, are funneled into the "I'M IN!" thread.


Hans Landa: You'll be shot for this!
Aldo Raine: Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before.


ryanduke


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Yeah, but it's just so... "generic". They way I figure, if you're interested in this thread, you're interested in the biggest and best news specific to Michener. The biggest news story right now: potential acceptances. Instead of sifting through hundreds of giddy/nervous posts about getting in/not getting in at schools b, c, or d, I want to hear about acceptances at school A. UT-Austin.


emilychristine
Emily Sims


Feb 8, 2010, 6:22 PM

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Some rejections are now on the status check page (I know this Seth's blog comments).

http://sethabramson.blogspot.com/2010/01/2010-data-bank-cw-mamfaphd-application.html


Our Daily Tales / Travel Tales



mcbyrne


Feb 12, 2010, 4:16 PM

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Hi everyone! Just checking in...is there anyone else in Michener limbo? I've heard news of rejections going out all week, but my status page hasn't changed. I choose to view this as no-news-is-good-news, of course, but just wanted to know if anyone else was in the same situation :)

I applied for Playwriting/Fiction.


sfo2010


Feb 16, 2010, 10:46 PM

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Hi-

Yep, I'm in Michener limbo as well (no doubt along with a cast of hundreds). I applied for Fiction. I did contact GIAC on Monday regarding a lost/missing transcript and also called the center directly to let them know I was in the process of getting another copy and all they said was "Looking forward to reviewing your application."

But, I have seen on the Waiting Game thread (I think it was that thread, or maybe it was the "I'm Not In" thread, they are all blending together) that two people got their rejections--one just said UT-Austin, the other specified Michener.

Hope that's helpful!


earthgirl


Apr 3, 2010, 3:12 PM

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So, like everyone else, Michener is my top choice.

If there is any alum or current student who wouldn't mind talking about their app process, giving out pointers, etc - I WOULD GREATLY APPRECIATE IT!

I've been hearing all kinds of conflicting things about Michener's admission council. For example, they hate writing that's done in the present tense, or they only accept people who have been published, or they only take you if you have a 1400+ on the GRE....

And then some people tell me the opposite of all of that. That your GRE doesn't matter, they love unpublished candidates, etc.

I would like to just get it straight from someone who KNOWS what they're talking about, instead of people who assume they know what they're talking about.

ANY advice is appreciated. I'm really lost here. Thanks!


earthgirl


Apr 6, 2010, 2:33 PM

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bueller?


kbritten


Apr 6, 2010, 2:45 PM

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I hate to say it Earthgirl, but if any of us knew how to crack the Michener code, we'd probably tell you, heh... or, we'd be sworn to secrecy, punishable by death. They seem so distant to me that I do not intend to ever apply there. Funding at other, more accessible schools, seems almost as good, especially considering that many programs offer excellent teaching opportunities that UT does not (of course, some applicants don't want to teach, but to each his/her own). Other programs that give me this "distant" feeling are Vanderbilt (yeah, <1% admittance rate is ridiculous) and Cornell (86% admittance rate for fiction, I believe). It just seems like a waste of almost $100, but that's just me. I'm not saying that you should not apply there, but for me, at least, it seems almost silly.

Now, there are several, more accessible programs with high reputations, one being Iowa. Michigan seems like another, Syracuse, too. Then again, their admittance rates are <3%!! Yeesh, this whole thing is revoltingly ridiculous. Subjective, nonsensical, inexplicable. Blech.


earthgirl


Apr 6, 2010, 3:00 PM

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Thanks for responding, kbritten. The teaching experience is actually somewhat important to me, since ultimately I want to be able to teach. So thanks for bringing that to my attention. I think I knew that somehow, but I suppose I just forgot about it - especially since I had TAs for a fiction class in undergrad. But I guess they were MA candidates.

Looking at the profiles of past MFA candidates there, it seems that most have had something published. A few of them had books published. BOOKS!

So I guess I shouldn't have hope.

I don't know what's up with the secrecy. I've emailed Michener several times over the past year. Can't get a word back from them. Seems ridiculous. I understand exclusivity, but if they want to maintain that precious 2% yield, shouldn't they encourage people to apply? Whatever.


You're right the entire thing is revolting. My stomach turns into knots just thinking about it. I better stop scouring answers for "how to get in" and start ferociously attacking my portfolio and make sure it's as close to perfect as i can get....

*$&^!!

oh, and thank you again for responding!


kbritten


Apr 6, 2010, 3:16 PM

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I'm sorry Earthgirl :( I don't have anything negative to say about the program, so I hope my post didn't sound like a dig against UT. It's just a little frustrating, is all. I was talking to my dad about my results this year (two wait lists, 5 rejections, and 2 "no-words" after working my little patoot off last summer), and I was saying that it looks like you have to be a pretty accomplished writer to get into to some of these schools, especially the well-funded ones. My dad, who knows nothing about the process, says, "that doesn't make any sense. Why would you have to be an accomplished writer to learn to write?" Hmmmm, good point, dad. I explained that the well-funded programs are really more like writing fellowship type things that culminate in a degree, that they're not exactly "learning" centered, more "improving" centered. Much like a PhD program, I guess, in which the student should have a high level of expertise in the field to gain admission.

I don't know anyone personally who got accepted to Michener, and I haven't read an accepted sample, either. But, there is a poster on the MFA blog that got accepted to Michener this year and the guy had a pretty extensive and respectable publishing history. I don't know if that means they don't accept unpublished writers at all, or if it's just that they have so many qualified applicants that they have their pick of the litter, so to speak. At the end of the day, it's a longshot. But this is Amurricah, anything can happen ;)


sarahc


Apr 6, 2010, 4:14 PM

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Re: [kbritten] Question for Michener Alum or Current Students Can't Post

I'm about to graduate from the Michener Center--trolling these boards again for news about post-mfa fellowships. The deal is: MCW doesn't care about GREs or publications. They don't care about anything but the quality of your writing, and that is, of course, subjective! So don't stress. There is no secret strategy. The committee won't even look at your statement of purpose until they have decided, based on your writing sample, that they want you, and they will never even see your GREs--the GRE is just a university-wide requirement for graduate enrollment. Just send your best work and cross your fingers.

That sucks that nobody's gotten back to you, earthgirl. I'm surprised. It's a pretty friendly operation.


Glinda Bamboo


Aug 29, 2010, 3:59 PM

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Re: [sarahc] Question for Michener Alum or Current Students Can't Post

Can anyone comment on whether there are every any sort of teaching opportunities at Michener? I'd like to apply but honestly, I really would like teaching experience. That's the one thing holding me back from this program.


mw1363
Marc Watkins

Aug 29, 2010, 8:01 PM

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Re: [Glinda Bamboo] Question for Michener Alum or Current Students Can't Post

I know the Austin based Badgerdog organization allows folks enrolled in the program to receive course credit by teaching/interning in programs designed to teach creative writing to elementary and high school students. LINK


Guyintheback
Random Person

Mar 4, 2011, 10:40 PM

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Here's a question regarding the most recent crops of rejections (of which I'm a part of). For those of you who applied and got rejected via emails a few weeks ago:

Were your file statuses listed as "Complete" on the UT website? Or did your status say that you still had items missing when you received the rejection letter?


...Just trying to prepare for next year's second swing. Sigh.


Yugao


Mar 9, 2011, 11:21 AM

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I got into Michener a few years ago, and my status was never upgraded from "items missing." I guess it doesn't mean a great deal?


sheila3425


Jul 20, 2011, 9:26 AM

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What are your thoughts on the Creative Writing MFA with the English department? The program is shorter and the funding is not as great, but there are opportunities to TA.

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