Apr 14, 2009, 11:52 AM
Post #1024 of 2090
Wow, lots of news on here lately! Congrats to everyone who has recently made a decision. It's so gratifying to know that this application season has worked out well for so many people on PW.
As some of you know, I've definitely decided on UW-Milwaukee for the fall. I thought I had posted this here before, but I guess not! The students and professors at UWM all seem like genuinely nice and lovely people. The faculty appear to be invested in the work of graduate students, and the department takes creative writing very seriously. In fact, the CW department at UWM is larger than their lit department! I heard about lots of innovative community projects involving poetry and the Milwaukee area based in the English department -- everything from poetry on the sides of buses to menu inserts at local restaurants. There are opportunities to work on translation projects at UWM, as well as the opportunity to gain reading/editorial experience at Cream City Review.
Also, they were able to put together a TA + fellowship package for my first year that carried over $25,000. That Texas Tech fellowship is really nice, though, because it doesn't include teaching responsibilities the first year! Personally, I didn't know Texas Tech funded so well either. I think the lack of firsthand information about many of these programs is really frustrating as an applicant. I'm hoping this information might be useful to people interested in applying to PhD programs in future years.
Speaking of future applicants...we have representatives from PW at many CW PhD programs now, and I think it would be great if we all came back to post a paragraph or so about what it's actually like in the program once we arrive. I know I would have found anecdotal information really helpful when I was deciding where to apply, even if it is the perspective of only one person. There's so much information on the boards about MFA programs (which is great for the PhD programs that also have MFA's), but many doctoral programs in CW offer the much less popular MA in creative writing instead. In these cases, there's a lot less information to go on.
Good luck to everyone in their new academic homes! It was so nice waiting it out with you all.