Jul 29, 2006, 12:21 AM
Post #14 of 466
Okay, so, I know this is crazy, stupid, and possibly even "wack," but I was thinking lately that maybe I'd try to get into the MFA at Iowa. However, just so we're all aquainted with the proper background as to my character (who is he, really? What does he need, even desire, on a spiritual level? What's his motivation, and how does that change in the third act?), allow me to do some high-grade exposition;
I am a bad student. Not "bad" like I tried to take hostages in the administration building, but "bad" like I didn't do very well in Statistics, a failure which, to this day, fails to haunt me even in the least. My graduating GPA was sub-stellar, well below the 3.0 needed for legitimate entry into the school (but still good enough to graduate. Woo hoo!). I have won a couple of local writing contests but my work has never been published in any meaningful way, excluding reams of news articles and some things done on the restroom wall at the CostCo (many artists are realizing now that permanant marker is the ultimate medium for scatologically-themed lymrics).
But...BUT...I am fanatically devoted to The Craft (meaning art, not the movie) and have written many, many short stories, none of which are about A. Vampires, B. Ponies, or C. My parents just don't understand me but would if I died. I have also written what I charitably refer to as a book, although the "literary" value of said manuscript is still the subject of much speculation between myself and my framed photograph of Oscar Wilde (everything he says is so critical, for some reason).
I have neither taken the GREs, nor know how to spell them.
So, my question is, do I even have a shot? I know the writing program at Iowa is very, very exclusive, but even so, will anything short of a cholera epidemic that makes cadavers of the best and brightest acheive me entry?
-L of the French Alps