Feb 17, 2006, 2:34 PM
Post #6 of 13
Hey Kcole7, I think that just going to a conference isn't what looks good to an application committee. Anybody can go to Iowa (and many conferences) if they are willing to write a check. There are some conferences where it is somewhat prestigious to get in, because they are competitive. More impressive, probably, is getting a scholarship somewhere.
Re: [kcole7] Conferences, Retreats, and Admission
Going to a conference for that reason, however, probably won't do much for you. The best reason to go to a conference is a) to meet other writers, b) to workshop a story and hopefully improve it (and then use it for your application).
Sure, application committees my very well look for signs that you have been actively working on improving your writing, but it isn't like undergrad, where they want to see extracurricular activities. good writing trumps pretty much everything in the application process.
All that being said, I went to three conferences this summer, learned an incredible amount at each and every one of them, and made a quantum leap in my writing. I've heard from one school already, one of my top choices, and i got in. i don't think having the workshops on my application was what made the difference, as much as that, for me, the workshops really helped my writing.