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the wind



Dec 24, 2005, 6:37 PM

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Re: [sharonlouise] MFA at UC Riverside [In reply to] Can't Post

The ages are mixed, but it seems to be in three groups: new grads (22 or so), 2nd career like me (late twenties), or those 40 + who are living out a dream. Lots of people have families and kids as well. Riverside is ok, the air is not as bad as i thought, the geography is quite beautiful, and there are some cool coffee shops, but it IS sleepy and not much to do. I live in Riverside during the week and Long Beach on weekends. Most folks commute in three times a week from LA, even profs. Graceland is AMAZING, and that genius wrote it in 9 months!!! Check out Michael Jaime and Susan Straight as well.

Oh yeah, if they like you a lot they'll help find you money and there seems to more jobs on campus as well since it's not so crowded and thus less competitive

good luck


cymbeline


Jan 16, 2006, 3:11 PM

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Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Does anyone know if Irvine's 3.0 GPA requirement is firm? My GPA's 2.something.

And how long does it usually take to hear back from these progams re. acceptance/denial? I'm pacing the floor here.


cymbeline


Jan 16, 2006, 3:41 PM

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Re: [cymbeline] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

And if one were accecpted but put on academic probation--would that student almost certainly NOT get a TA-ship?


WittyName32


Jan 18, 2006, 9:44 AM

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Re: [the wind] An update on UC Riverside [In reply to] Can't Post

I would say that all writers (and here I'm talking about writers, not people who type) are marginalized. It's why we write. I know what you're getting at, but I think you got at it in a way that's left the side-door banging in the wind.


noneya


Jan 18, 2006, 1:02 PM

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Re: [cymbeline] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

I inquired about this matter in the fall. Below is a copy of the response I received:
There has been one exception during the past eleven years, and that was for a published novelist. Sincerely, Geoffrey Wolff


cymbeline


Jan 19, 2006, 3:58 PM

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Re: [noneya] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

FYI, I called Irvine's program's friendly admin. asst., and she was less dire about sub-3.0 GPAs' chances than Sir Wolff seems to have been. This lady did not indicate that it was so rare for folks to get in with less-than-3.0 GPAs. She encouraged me to send along my GRE scores, though Irvine does not require them, to try to mitigate any dummie concerns.


(This post was edited by cymbeline on Jan 20, 2006, 12:28 PM)


noneya


Feb 6, 2006, 4:42 PM

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Re: [cymbeline] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Cymbeline,

If Riverside is someplace that truly appeals to you, I hope you do go ahead an apply. I decided not to apply, in part due to the email response I received, but in part, because it just didn't seem like the program or the timing was quite right for me.

I hope you receive good news about your MFA applications soon.


wiswriter
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Feb 7, 2006, 6:43 PM

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Re: [noneya] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

This has been noted around here before but it bears repeating: GPA requirements are window dressing to satisfy administrators. Very rarely is an MFA program going to reject you on the basis of your GPA if they love your writing. And if they do, you didn't want to go there anyway.

I had a sub-3.0 GPA and got in everywhere I applied. One school had a stated 3.0 requirement.


underwoodaddict


Mar 22, 2006, 9:03 PM

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New College in San Francisco? [In reply to] Can't Post

so i know everyone is distracted by the onslaught of acceptance/rejection letters being sent out, but if anyone has the time/knowledge...

does anyone have any experience/in depth knowledge of the MFA programs at New College in cali? i'm wondering about both the writing and consciousness and the poetics programs. the site looks great, and they actually write me back, which is always a plus, but i don't know if they actually walk the walk.

anyone?

thanks


almost


Mar 23, 2006, 2:32 PM

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USF? [In reply to] Can't Post

Has anyone heard from USF yet???


clarabow


Mar 30, 2006, 1:08 AM

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Re: [cymbeline] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Schools with GPA requirements for MFA students are...that just seems silly to me. That's just me.

Now, on to my own topic: California College of the Arts. Does anyone know anything about this program?


jennymck


Mar 30, 2006, 1:01 PM

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Re: [clarabow] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

I got into Mills today. I'm not really thinking about going there, but what are people's opinions of the program? Is anyone going there? I'm just curious what people think of it....


clarabow


Mar 30, 2006, 3:13 PM

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Re: [clarabow] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Didn't anyone besides me apply to CCA in San Francisco?? :)


mayfly


Mar 30, 2006, 4:23 PM

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Re: [clarabow] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

i didn't apply to cca, but i just got out of a meeting and there was a message from maxine chernoff at sfsu--accepted! but, i was kind of resigned to the fact that i would be reapplying everywhere next year (sfsu isn't my first choice), and now i am freaking out from confusion. does anyone want to share any info on sfsu....please!!


bullscheidt


Mar 30, 2006, 4:55 PM

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Re: [mayfly] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Mayfly -- Congrats on SFSU! It's such a competitive program and it's in lovely SF and it's CHEAP. There's some great 1st hand stuff on these boards about SFSU if you search. Reviews seem to be mixed. I thought that this experience in the St. Mary's newsletter was particularly damning:
http://www.stmarys-ca.edu/...ws/1stpersonF01.html


bullscheidt


Mar 30, 2006, 5:03 PM

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Re: [bullscheidt] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

But of course that newsletter is something like nine years old.


mayfly


Mar 30, 2006, 5:18 PM

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Re: [bullscheidt] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

wow, thanks. i think. that article kind of confirmed my worst fears...


annamae11


Mar 30, 2006, 6:58 PM

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Re: [mayfly] SFSU [In reply to] Can't Post

hey, i just got in too - for poetry. i had also resigned myself to re-applying next year. i got a good recommendation fofr sfsu from matthea harvery, and am excited about getting in. but i don't know nearly enough about the program... do you know what size it is? how many admitted for each genre? i guess i'm going to start looking into it!


mayfly


Mar 31, 2006, 10:01 AM

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Re: [annamae11] SFSU [In reply to] Can't Post

No, I don't know nearly enough, except I do love the poetry faculty. I have heard that the workshops are large, but how large is large? I will be contacting Paul Hoover for more info, and will probably be flying out there in two weeks.


maida


Mar 31, 2006, 10:13 AM

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Re: [clarabow] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Clarabow,

I've been offered admission to CCA too. I'm a fiction writer who cannot leave the SF Bay Area (fortunately for me, there are many programs here). Yesterday I completed the application process (Thank God!) and the final results are: ADMITTED--CCA, Mills, USF, SFSU; WAITLIST--Saint Mary's.

I'm planning on attending the Open House reading/BBQ event at CCA on Sunday, April 9. I know a fiction writer who goes there currently and he raves about it. CCA seems to foster a vibrant artistic community with an open, interdisciplinary approach (you are not exclusively wedded to a genre and can take visual arts courses, for example, and receive MFA Writing credit). They have a mentorship aspect to their program that sounds very appealing. I know someone who is on their roster of mentors, and he's very good. I think one of the biggest drawbacks of CCA may be price. It's a newer program; I think established in 2000.

From what I've noticed from your posting Clarabow, I think you'll thrive wherever you land. You bring a lot of positive energy, a sense of humor, and a desire to engage yourself deeply in the act of writing.


clarabow


Mar 31, 2006, 10:23 AM

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Re: [maida] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for the great comments, Maida. That was nice of you. You made me excited about CCA again! I'm all a muddle about this!

Kind of bummed - never heard from USF, so I probably didn't get in...sigh. It seems many people have heard from them, just not me!


(This post was edited by clarabow on Mar 31, 2006, 10:24 AM)


Windiciti



Apr 2, 2006, 7:44 PM

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Clarabow,
There was a VERY interesting article about CCC in the Sunday Chicago Tribune. This is about their film program. lt gives you a sense that they are somewhat edgy in their approach to the visual arts. It is in the front page!

I know it doesn't answer your questions about the Fiction workshops, but you might get something out of it.
Perhaps, if you can't visit their classes you could ask to speak to recent grads, or current students?


rocky_fona


Apr 4, 2006, 9:59 PM

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Re: [jennymck] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Jenny, Mills is an excellent program.
More than anything, their faculty are *dedicated* teachers. I suggest you seriously consider attending, if you've been accepted. I think you really get your bang for your buck there.


clarabow


Apr 4, 2006, 10:19 PM

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Re: [rocky_fona] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

i've heard good things about mills, too.
i wish i had applied there.


bullscheidt


Apr 5, 2006, 6:41 PM

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Re: [maida] Irvine's 3.0 minimum GPA [In reply to] Can't Post

Maida,

Congrats on your acceptances! When did you hear from SFSU and St. Mary's? And how? Phone, email or mail? Has anyone on the boards received rejections from these two programs yet?

Cheers, BS

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