Oct 1, 2010, 2:01 AM
Post #2202 of 2629
Hello everyone, thanks for all your comments. This is my first post on this board.
Re: [susanjoy] Low-Residency MFAs
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I live in the SF Bay Area, which I'm not willing to leave, due to family, community, projects, etc, but most of the MFA programs here are hugely expensive or unappealing. I'm starting to very strongly consider low-res programs, and am particularly interested in Warren Wilson, Antioch LA, Goddard, Pacific, and VCFA. I feel quite confident that I could handle the independent writing aspect of doing low-res, and I do well with mentorships (rather than constant big group critiques), and I have a pretty amazing community of writers to hang out with here when I need face-to-face time, so in many ways lo-res seems like a good option. My main concern about doing low-res is that I don't only want to develop my writing - I am also very interested in teaching, whether at community colleges, universities, high schools, community groups, etc. I'm not looking for prestige and tenure track in a famous university; I'm looking for connecting with real people, sharing what I have to share, and getting a paycheck in the process.
Does anyone have any thoughts about ways to get guidance and experience in teaching while doing a low-res program? Has anyone tried to make this happen while doing one of the programs I mentioned above? (Warren Wilson, Antioch LA, Goddard, Pacific, and VCFA)
Also, does anyone have any thoughts on which programs are most receptive to working in multiple genres?
Thanks so much for any thoughts.