Truth & Fiction
Dec 2, 2010, 12:14 PM
Re: [pongo] Writing Sample
Just a very cautious, respectful suggestion: If, in your career as a writer to date, you've only produced 14 pages of which you're proud, maybe you should put off going into an MFA program.
While I see where you're coming from, I think that's a little harsh, especially if we don't know fridadreams' exact situation. It's definitely possible to have written pages and pages and pages, including some things you like and are proud of, but just don't feel are 100% polished or the best representation of what to send with an MFA application. Who knows.
I say go ahead and send the shorter package of your strongest work. Don't worry about how many pages other people are submitting. I bet some of the application reviewers will actually be relieved to get some shorter submissions.
Best of luck to you.
ETA: I just saw that you mentioned Indiana, which requests "at least 30" pages. If you definitely don't have more than these 14 pages that you are comfortable submitting, then I would suggest not applying to Indiana. Padding your page count with weaker stuff is not going to help you. I guess the best solution is to try your hardest to polish another piece so you can meet the requirements for most schools (assuming you do believe that this is also strong work that will support your application).
Truth and Fiction
(This post was edited by Truth & Fiction on Dec 2, 2010, 12:17 PM)