Jun 7, 2006, 4:51 PM
Post #176 of 184
Re: [LMcDole] Full-time job and residency
Thanks for your kind note (and the newsletter plug!).
I don't have any direct information about either of the programs you've mentioned. But given the rest of your message, I have a few other suggestions/comments:
1) Don't discount your impressions from a Web site. If a program takes the time to develop and devotes energy to maintaining a good Web site--with solid, current, easy-to-navigate information--that's a sign that it's a program attentive to detail (and at least somewhat tech-savvy, which is important for distance learning programs overall).
2) You can find a list of all the programs I'm aware of to date, plus Web sites, in my primer on low-residency MFA programs. Between updates I post information about new discoveries at my blog. One example: I believe Ashland University in Ohio will be launching a new program soon (poetry and nonfiction only).
3) At some point you may have to decide which of the criteria you've listed take(s) priority. When I think offhand of one-residency-a-year programs that offer creative nonfiction I come up with Goucher, UBC, and UNO (in addition to PLU). But not all of them rely on the "mentor" model. Also, consider how the sometimes longer single residencies compare, for you/your family's purposes, with two shorter residencies.
4) Keep informed. Sometimes newer programs, especially, add instruction in a new genre as they go along. The low-res program I was in, for instance, started with poetry and fiction only, and expanded to nonfiction after a year, if I'm remembering right.
5) My impression is that many programs will let you take at least an extra semester if you need it. So even if you don't find too many three-year programs you may not necessarily have to finish in two.
I hope this helps! Good luck!
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