Apr 7, 2008, 8:31 PM
Post #1769 of 2628
Why just the east coast programs since it's a low-residency program thread? Hmmm. Seems a bit...yankee snobbish?
Re: [susanjoy] Low-Residency MFAs
[In reply to]
Actually, all those schools are great, but did this discussion really start in 1998? That's the date on the left of the first page's threads.
If so, first, wow, perhaps you should switch the listing to show most recent first.
Second, there have been some fine additions to the low-residency "concept" since 1998. I'm an established professional writer; when I began looking for an MFA program that was a "real" MFA in the sense of not just teaching creative writing but was connected with and overseen/taught by a group of academics, not just one or two mentors, I stumbled upon University of New Orleans' great low-res program. Not only was it incredibly affordable, but it was set up with classes on Blackboard taught by well-known professional writers, including in my case two Creative Nonfiction textbook authors, and best of all, the low residency was in Madrid, which turned out to be a sort of immersion of the same concept, but in person, at a Madrid university. It's now in Mexico, I believe. The bottom line is I received a fairly well-rounded literary experience from established fiction and nonfiction authors, instead of sending off work to one mentor back and forth for years. There's something to be said for that. Anyway, just input for the rest of us. During the two year program (i did it fast), I finished two manuscripts-creative nonfiction and a novel. I traveled, and I met-interacted through Blackboard virtual classrooms with some great writers--at all levels. Hope this helps! -L.R. Stephenson