Feb 6, 2010, 11:48 PM
Post #1320 of 2090
Well, I can't claim any exact science. I applied to critical schools with good MFA programs, that also have strong lit. programs. For those applications, I marketed myself based on my MA in lit., moving my creative publications way down on the CV. My basic thought is that most PhD programs in English have some elective classes, which I could spend on an occasional workshop. In doing my MA in Lit., I was able to take 1 workshop a year, which is enough to keep me writing and publishing creatively. I'm looking for places where I could do something like that, while earning a Lit. PhD from a program that would likely enable me to be competitive on the job market.
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So, based on those (somewhat) subjective criteria, I didn't apply to Berkeley, since they don't offer an MFA, and wouldn't have a ready supply of graduate workshops. The closest programs to NorCal that I considered were UC-Santa Barbara and UC-Davis, but the UC system has taken funding hits (I hear). I did, however, apply to these schools:
Wash U. St. Louis
I also considered: Cornell, Columbia, Brown, Michigan, Virginia, UC-Irvine, Johns Hopkins, NYU, Purdue, Oregon, Ohio State, Penn State, Illinois, Maryland, Pittsburgh, and Washington. All have strong graduate creative writing and lit. programs.
If I get in to a critical program, I will inquire more heavily about the feasibility of taking graduate workshops toward a Lit. PhD. Honestly, this work is probably best done before applying, but I just didn't have time, and would be content to take nearly all Lit. classes and write a critical dissertation. Still, I know that would drive many creative writers crazy.