Feb 22, 2008, 2:37 PM
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Non-fiction is a much newer track than the other genres, so that portion of the program is still growing. It's not a huge secret that fiction and poetry seem to have more emphasis. My understanding is that it is a priority to remedy this, but in the meantime the non-fiction students are often "stuck" taking fiction electives. Or poetry. That said, there are also well regarded graduate programs in environmental writing and journalism here and you can take electives outside of the English department.
Re: [Daaaaave] Montana MFA (new post, because the other thread died)
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Missoula is great. I wasn’t expecting much more than a mud puddle and a truck stop when I showed up, but it has turned out to be Iowa City in a valley at the base of the Rockies. (I lived in Iowa City for three years). If you are remotely interested in the out of doors, I'm not sure what campus would be a better base of operations. We're a morning's drive from both Glacier and Yellowstone national parks. Skiing, natural hot springs, lakes, hikes, etc. are about 3 feet from Missoula. We're also about an 8 hour drive from Seattle so it is possible to head out there for a long weekend if one needs a city fix. (Portland is doable too). There are a number of writers who live in town that are not affiliated with the university and readings are well attended. There is an airport in town, but you can get cheaper flights out of Spokane which is about 2.5 - 3 hours away. I only lock my door when I go out of town.