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betp


Jan 6, 2009, 10:39 PM

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one more thing, about emerson: i got in there a few years back, and was pretty seriously considering going there but heard some negative stuff from their students. hopefully it's improved, but you might check into that. i think the main issues were lack of consistent faculty & high cost. (TAs get paid hourly, I hear, instead of being salaried with a tuition reimbursement.)


Md23Rewls


Jan 7, 2009, 10:01 PM

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Wyoming's rising in my rankings. I've heard positive buzz from multiple people who are currently in their MFA program.


aisdoyle


Mar 26, 2009, 4:29 PM

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Thought I'd try to get this thread running again...

Right now I'm debating Pacific vs. Goucher vs. Bennington. I like that Pacific is west coast and has a great reputation as an up-and-coming school, but not sure how truly focused they are in CNF. I like that Goucher is focused on CNF and that the networking there seems great (I mean a girl does have to get a job!), but I'm not entirely sure I want to go the manuscript route. Bennington seems like it could be a good balance of the two?

I would love to hear what people have to say about any of these schools.


jogles


Jun 22, 2009, 4:46 PM

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I'd be interested to hear more about your nf experience at Montana. Most of the faculty are mainly fictioneers or poets, right? How was the nonfiction teaching? And what types of nonfiction were taught?

I'm also really curious about this environmental studies program. So they had the freedom to take cnf workshops? How was the interaction between the mfa students and the enviro students?

Thanks for the help


Tabby



Jun 22, 2009, 5:13 PM

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Hey Jogles,

Judy Blunt is the only full time nf prof (so far), and her specialty is memoir/narrative nonfiction. The emphasis is not so much on reported pieces, unless you have a guest prof. who works in that area. I also took fiction workshops which were great. Some classes are treated under the category of "prose," meaning F and NF students take them together.

The ENVR CR students can only take Jody's workshop subject to approval. I've noticed her grumble and then always agree, and then love the students once she gets to know them. She's a notorious nurturer! Beyond that, there is very little mfa/enviro interaction. It's completely separate. A separate building, etc.

One MFAer took a ENCR CR class, and said (to be honest) that the writing was not of the caliber of the creative writing students. For me, my fellow students (and now BFFs) were a huge part of my experience. Everyone was such an amazing writer it pushed me, and the quality of the work raised the quality of our discussions.


http://www.kellykathleenferguson.com


jogles


Jun 23, 2009, 10:01 AM

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Thanks for the insight, Tabby. I had a great undergrad community of writers, and I really want that. At the same time, my interest in nf is more focused on reporting, feature writing and essays than memoir. I'm still a couple years, probably, from applying anyways, so in the meantime I'll just hope that they pile on the nf faculty within the mfa or get some really great writers in the enviro studies program.

Thanks again.

Jonah

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