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Fear&Loathing


Mar 6, 2007, 9:13 PM

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie....occasionally they take some. Not often.



franz


Mar 11, 2007, 10:59 PM

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I'm pretty sure JHU only has two slots for fiction, and presumably five for poetry, but I can't verify that. I'm not even sure if they've made decisions on acceptances, though I'm guessing they have if people are getting letters now.
Regarding cultural diversity-- it's non-existent in the faculty. In poetry Mary Jo Salter was hired this past year but before that it was four white men. In fiction, it's all white, though it is two men and two women, and Alice McDermott alone makes this program worthwhile.
As far as student representation, two of the ten fiction students this year are woman, and one is Indian (the only non-white person in fiction), though in other years I've been told that women outnumbered men, so I think that's just the way the cards fell this year. There's also one Deaf person (me), and that's an aspect of cultural diversity as well. Two writers of color in poetry, and an even balance of men and women.
ZZ Packer and Louise Erdrich both got degrees here, so there are some big names. One thing is evident-- cultural diversity does not seem to be a factor at all in the application process. I know that the writing sample, as anywhere, is the most important thing, but I think that a good workshop benefits from a diverse range of voices. That being said, we have a great group in fiction.


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


Ron_in


Jun 7, 2008, 4:45 AM

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I'm pretty sure JHU only has two slots for fiction, and presumably five for poetry, but I can't verify that. I'm not even sure if they've made decisions on acceptances, though I'm guessing they have if people are getting letters now.
Regarding cultural diversity-- it's non-existent in the faculty. In poetry Mary Jo Salter was hired this past year but before that it was four white men. In fiction, it's all white, though it is two men and two women, and Alice McDermott alone makes this program worthwhile.
As far as student representation, two of the ten fiction students this year are woman, and one is Indian (the only non-white person in fiction), though in other years I've been told that women outnumbered men, so I think that's just the way the cards fell this year. There's also one Deaf person (me), and that's an aspect of cultural diversity as well. Two writers of color in poetry, and an even balance of men and women.
ZZ Packer and Louise Erdrich both got degrees here, so there are some big names. One thing is evident-- cultural diversity does not seem to be a factor at all in the application process. I know that the writing sample, as anywhere, is the most important thing, but I think that a good workshop benefits from a diverse range of voices. That being said, we have a great group in fiction.

Hi all,

I hope this discussion would soon turn active once again. I'm interested in applying to the Writing Seminars this year. Have started my research about relevent things online: expecially funding.

Hey Franz, -- I hope you received this and that you reply --i wanted to know how strict they are with the foreign language requirement? I'm an indian student and I know three other Indian languages (reading and writing) apart from English. Also, how open the university is to students from India? Any Indian students admitted before?


Raysen


Aug 12, 2008, 6:28 PM

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btw, what's your state school in the midwest? I'm from Iowa City-- went to the U of Iowa. Basically another nameless state school, unless we're talking writing.


I don't consider the U of Iowa a nameless state school. Sure, it's a state school but it's Big Ten and a pretty darn good university (Too bad about all the inclement weather lately, though) with highly reputable schools in various fields (medicine, business, law, etc.).


J Treehorn


Mar 26, 2009, 4:48 PM

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Any current fiction students out there? Any admits or waitlists? On the waitlist myself and trying not to get my hopes up but it seems like a great program.

I'd love to hear anything anyone can tell me about it. Particularly interested in the professors. How are they in workshop, as mentors? How sympathetic are they to experiments (not necessarily experimental fiction, just trying new stuff that may not be fully formed yet)?


(This post was edited by J Treehorn on Mar 26, 2009, 4:50 PM)


Anurag


Apr 11, 2009, 4:29 PM

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Hello,

I'm applying from India this year. I had emailed them a few weeks back and I was told "the stipend is not large"; I'm applying only to universities that offer a full funding and a stipend. so I need to know if its a generous one- enough to support me.

Will my nationality affect my application - I mean are they looking for diversity?


Anurag


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Nov 1, 2009, 9:41 AM

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According to Franz (above), "cultural diversity does not seem to be a factor at all in the application process."


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.


Anurag


Nov 1, 2009, 10:49 AM

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Thanks for the info.


Anurag


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Nov 12, 2009, 10:20 AM

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No problem, Anurag.

I know I've asked this elsewhere, but does anyone have any experience with JHU's statement of purpose? They ask that you use it to introduce and critique your application MS, which is something of a departure from the usual fare. I've been digging around a bit through the older posts to see if there's anything, but have found nothing yet—if anyone happens to stumble across something relevant, please let me know.


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.


jamie_mu


Nov 12, 2009, 11:39 PM

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The SOP for JHU is a strange beast. I would recommend showing intent in a poem/story. Just show why you chose to do something particular. In one of my poems I change the line length in one particular stanza and I mentioned in my SOP why I did that. I think it's really to show you know what you're talking about when it comes to creative writing because the senior faculty need believe you can teach from the starting line. IM me if you have questions. Professor Salter is also pretty good about answering questions or at least putting you in touch with students in the program.


Anurag


Dec 6, 2009, 2:13 PM

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Thanks for the info. I think different areas of my application are overlapping. Such as - the synopsis of my novel (since I am using a novel excerpt) is telling the same things as the critique. Does anybody have a suggestion?

Anurag


Anurag


Anurag


Feb 19, 2010, 10:42 AM

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Hi all - is the GRE only a requirement or it affects the admission decision? Anybody heard from Johns Hopkins? I applied from India and hated the GRE. I didnt understand what was the point of that dreadful exam. I have awfully low scores and now I am wondering if i wasted application money.


Anurag


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Mar 1, 2010, 10:21 PM

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I got an acceptance to JHU this evening (poetry). Has anyone else been accepted & if so, are you planning to visit in the near future? If so, PM me.


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.


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Mar 5, 2010, 9:37 PM

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Also, out of pure curiosity—did the language or GRE general requirements deter anyone from applying? I applied because I'm really looking for a good mix of scholarly/academic education as well as studio work, but I know a lot of applicants feel differently.


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.


EnderB


Jan 10, 2011, 11:44 PM

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Hey, I'm having trouble with the critique portion of the JHU app. I really have no idea what to write for that. Can you offer some advice?

thanks!

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