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gina.bee


Jan 7, 2008, 7:34 PM

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San Diego State University [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm applying to SDSU in Poetry. Anyone out there know much about it?


the wind



Mar 20, 2008, 4:24 AM

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

One of UC Riverside's first year MFA'ers in Fiction just won the 2008 Atlantic Monthly Student Fiction Contest.
http://www.newsroom.ucr.edu/cgi-bin/display.cgi?id=1797

As of today, our five year old MFA program (the undergrad program is 20-some years old) has seven books set to be published from students: 1 fiction, 1 memoir, 5 poetry books, one the winner of the Philip Levine prize, one a winner of an Arktoi prize.

And there could be (another) major hire soon.

For the fall class, we have 6 spots for 125 fiction applicants, which is just around a 5% admittance rate. (I'm glad I got in when I did :)

http://www.creativewriting.ucr.edu
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=38875675064


ohsotragic


Mar 20, 2008, 1:29 PM

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CalArts [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone have any info on CalArts? I am really considering going there, but would appreciate feedback from you guys. thanks!


the wind



May 1, 2008, 7:00 PM

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Mike Davis to join UCR MFA Faculty [In reply to] Can't Post

If you don't know who he is, you better ask somebody.

Nuff said.


Raysen


Jul 28, 2008, 10:55 AM

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San Jose State [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone have any info on San Jose State? It's a 3-yr program w/ a foreign language requirement and an MFA comprehensive exam. Beyond that, I know nothing about its quality.


bsquared


Aug 1, 2008, 7:25 AM

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Otis College of Art & Design? [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm from SoCal and I'm trying to find MFA programs that are worthwhile in the LA area. I stumbled across Otis College of Art & Design in my search-- Anyone know anything about it?


Raysen


Mar 4, 2009, 8:26 PM

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Re: UC Davis [In reply to] Can't Post

I have a "thing" for Lynn Freed at UC Davis. The only thing that kept me from applying there was that it was an MA program, not an MFA, which, according to their website, is a trivial difference.


megmarcu


Mar 4, 2009, 8:31 PM

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Re: [Raysen] UC Davis [In reply to] Can't Post

I've so far only been accepted at UC Davis, and I've heard so many different opinions on the whole MA/MFA thing that I just am not even considering it as a factor anymore. Pam Houston and Yiyun Li are two of my favorite writers, so I'm happy.

And after 21 years in Michigan, I'm ready for a change in climate...


found


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Mar 4, 2009, 8:36 PM

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Re: [megmarcu] UC Davis [In reply to] Can't Post

Yiyun Li! That's so exciting, megmarcu. I read her story "Prison" in the 2008 O. Henry Prize collection and really admired it.


http://foundinfiction.blogspot.com/


Khalilah


Mar 5, 2009, 2:15 AM

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Re: [bsquared] Otis College of Art & Design? [In reply to] Can't Post

You of course know about Irvine right? Then in his book Kealey has a list of almost all the MFA programs in the country so that's a good place to start. Irvine has graduated more published authors than any other MFA program. Sorry I know nothing about SoCal Arts.


roswell


Mar 5, 2009, 9:41 AM

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Re: [megmarcu] UC Davis [In reply to] Can't Post

Dear Megmarcu,

As someone who got an MA years ago, before the university I attended offered an MFA, I just want to add one cautionary note: a number of academic jobs require the "terminal degree," which sounds ominous but means the "final" degree in the field--MFA, if creative writing, or PhD. If you don't expect to be looking for an academic job, this is moot. If you do, you should plan either to go for the PhD, or (and/or) work even harder to end up with a publishable book at the end of the process. If you have a published book, then hiring committees can often be persuaded to waive the "terminal degree" requirement. Also, while you're at Davis, get whatever training you can in teaching writing. The training and experience I got learning to teach composition and creative writing sustained me for many years.

R


Raysen


Mar 19, 2009, 6:55 PM

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Yiyun Li! That's so exciting, megmarcu. I read her story "Prison" in the 2008 O. Henry Prize collection and really admired it.


Was this an excerpt from her recent novel The Vagrants? I can't find this story in her short story collection A Thousand Years of Good Prayers. As far as I know, these are the only two published books to her name.


found


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Mar 19, 2009, 7:04 PM

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Re: [Raysen] "Prison" by Yiyun Li [In reply to] Can't Post

Li's "Prison" was originally published in Tin House. I read it in the 2008 collection of O. Henry Prize winning stories.

http://www.randomhouse.com/anchor/ohenry/winners/



http://foundinfiction.blogspot.com/


Khalilah


Mar 20, 2009, 12:55 AM

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Re: [roswell] UC Davis [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks for sharing this info Roswell. Must one teach in graduate school to get teaching jobs in the real world?


Raysen


Mar 20, 2009, 3:32 PM

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Li's "Prison" was originally published in Tin House. I read it in the 2008 collection of O. Henry Prize winning stories.

http://www.randomhouse.com/anchor/ohenry/winners/


Ahh, damn! I hate it when they do this. It's like a rock band releasing a song as a single but it's not associated with any album. (This is more relevant in the old days when they didn't have 99 cents per song downloads) I like to just buy the album which has all the recent songs in it.


taraberyl



Sep 27, 2009, 9:30 AM

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Irvine Personal History Statement vs. Autobiographical Sketch [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi everyone. I am working on an Irvine application and I am having the worst time with something and hope one of you knows the answer...
I know that Irvine is one of those schools that requires a statement of purpose separate from an autobiographical sketch (both are personal statements, but the former is more academic in nature). Filling out the online app, though, I find that they also ask for a "personal history statement." Does anyone know if the personal history statement is the same as the autobiographical sketch, or different?
Thanks so much. I very recently bugged the admin office with other questions so I am wary of contacting them before I check with y'all.


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Sep 27, 2009, 9:48 AM

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Re: [taraberyl] Irvine Personal History Statement vs. Autobiographical Sketch [In reply to] Can't Post

I believe it is a separate statement. At least I wrote a separate one last year when I was doing applications.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


jamie_mu


Sep 27, 2009, 10:03 AM

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Re: [taraberyl] Irvine Personal History Statement vs. Autobiographical Sketch [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm pretty sure you have to write two essays, one the bio for the department, the other your standard SOP. If on the app there are two fields, one for the SOP and one for the personal history statement, I would enter in the 2-4 pg bio into that second field.

Plus, you are still pretty early in the process. I'm sure the admissions office would much rather have you bother them now with your questions rather than calling on November 30th.


taraberyl



Sep 27, 2009, 10:48 AM

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Re: [jamie_mu] Irvine Personal History Statement vs. Autobiographical Sketch [In reply to] Can't Post

Thanks so much to both of you! GOD I love this board.


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Sep 27, 2009, 3:08 PM

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Re: [taraberyl] Irvine Personal History Statement vs. Autobiographical Sketch [In reply to] Can't Post

I wrote 3 statements total for Irvine. The 2-4 page bio that goes to the CW department, and then two separate ones for the two separate entries on the online application. Yep, it's a pain, but I would do all three.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


raynold


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Feb 26, 2010, 5:50 AM

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Re: [murasaki] California MFA Programs [In reply to] Can't Post

Does anyone have any opinion on Otis in LA?

I know they are relatively new and have an interesting broad spectrum of studying, but has anyone heard anything from students or applicants?
http://www.otis.edu/...e_writing/index.html


rabbitlight21


Mar 10, 2010, 12:02 AM

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Please more info on Riverside and SFSU [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been searching through the boards for more info on UC Riverside and SF State, but I haven't been getting much. Location and funding are important to me. Can anyone here please share any first hand accounts, or at least stories you've heard about these programs? I like poetry, but I also enjoy short stories and scriptwriting.


(This post was edited by rabbitlight21 on Mar 10, 2010, 12:05 AM)


rabbitlight21


Mar 23, 2010, 3:17 PM

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Re: [rabbitlight21] Please more info on Riverside and SFSU [In reply to] Can't Post

Anyone? Please...


Coconut Joe



Mar 23, 2010, 3:32 PM

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Re: [rabbitlight21] Please more info on Riverside and SFSU [In reply to] Can't Post


In Reply To
I've been searching through the boards for more info on UC Riverside and SF State, but I haven't been getting much. Location and funding are important to me. Can anyone here please share any first hand accounts, or at least stories you've heard about these programs? I like poetry, but I also enjoy short stories and scriptwriting.


Try MFA Blog if you don't find anything here. Both programs have been talked about before, especially SFSU by Seth and others.


(This post was edited by Coconut Joe on Mar 23, 2010, 3:34 PM)


squirrel_life


Mar 29, 2010, 5:10 PM

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Re: [Raysen] San Jose State [In reply to] Can't Post


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Anyone have any info on San Jose State? It's a 3-yr program w/ a foreign language requirement and an MFA comprehensive exam. Beyond that, I know nothing about its quality.


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