May 26, 2010, 10:13 PM
Post #279 of 333
Okay, don't laugh at me, but I'm already preparing for next year. My letters of recommendation were weak last year, and this year I'd like to make them more of a strength. I have several concerns:
I would also like to know if anyone has been accepted with less than notable recommenders, like colleagues. I'm really not an anti-social person, just when it comes to my writing. It's actually a bad thing, since success in this field comes from networking, but it makes me uncomfortable, and I do a lot of cynical eye-rolling.
- I've heard many people say that factor in very minimally, I've heard others say things like "be sure to get at least one former professor," etc, inferring that they do indeed mean something.
- I don't want to go to my old profs. Many of them are no longer there and I don't feel comfortable asking the ones who are (it's a lot work, I wasn't very socially active in my department, my degree was in philosophy, etc).
- I have one recommender that knows my writing well and I want to keep her, but other than that, I don't really know where to turn. I don't want to join a writer's group (I'm not the bra-less, thick-framed glasses wearing, flea market shaw covering type. Not that there's anything wrong with that "type," it's just not me, and I'm worried that I couldn't get a rec from anyone in those groups because, well, I don't think I'd fit in), I can't seem to enroll in a local class (not offered anywhere), I tried to audit a "real" course at a university, but didn't register in time and the classes were already full. I don't think I can recommendations there.
- So, I'd like to ask the school counselor at the school I work for. She can't attest to my writing, but she can for my teaching/work ethic/etc. I'd also like to ask another teacher I work with in the English department. She doesn't know my writing, but she could also attest to my work ethic/teaching/etc. Is that kosher?!?!?! Will that be acceptable most everywhere?
I guess the last part of this long post is that I would like to know about writer's groups, workshops, retreats, etc... are they time-wasters? Has anyone received recs from them? I can't afford the expensive ones (>$300 all-inclusive), but I guess I'm open to a good one. I just don't want to join a social group; I want to read, discuss, critique, workshops, etc... I mean business, people! >:D
Oh, I'm in the Tampa, FL area by the way.
(This post was edited by kbritten on May 26, 2010, 10:16 PM)