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Daaaaave


Feb 1, 2008, 8:15 PM

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Hey-

Is anyone here waiting to hear from the Iowa nonfiction program? I know it's separate from fiction and poetry, but us nonfiction writers need support groups too!


danceanielle
Dani

Feb 2, 2008, 9:23 AM

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I applied for nonfiction at Iowa as well!
And I agree we need more of a presence. There is plenty of information out there on the Workshop, not as much about the nonfiction program. Any more nonfiction applicants, or current candidates?


sonata7


Feb 10, 2008, 8:23 PM

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Re: [danceanielle] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

I dually applied for the NWP and the Writers' Workshop.

Best of luck, everyone!


Amyr738


Feb 16, 2008, 12:17 AM

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Re: [sonata7] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

So....Iowa NWP sent out some (maybe all?) acceptances today. Congratulations to the select few who are ecstatic right now. Is anyone else really bummed? I am. Is all hope lost?


danceanielle
Dani

Feb 16, 2008, 9:46 AM

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Re: [Amyr738] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm trying not to be too bummed about not getting a nonfiction acceptance yet...from what I know, the emails were sent out Friday evening, and were somewhat individualized. I am sure no one stayed in the office late Friday night to get them all out.
It's the hope that is getting me through the weekend, at least. Iowa was one of only four schools I applied to, and by far my top choice.
Hang in there!


sonata7


Feb 16, 2008, 1:26 PM

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Re: [Amyr738] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, I didn't get an email, so I'm pretty much assuming rejection. But big congrats to those who got in!! Nonfiction isn't my primary genre, so I'm not too upset; but rejection always sucks.


martis


Feb 16, 2008, 1:35 PM

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Hang in there guys. Iowa is also my top choice by far. I applied for poetry, but am now starting to think I should have applied for fiction since I just published my first short story. Does anyone else get that sickening feeling in their stomach when they open their mailbox? I actually look forward to Sundays since I don't have to worry if I'm going to get rejected from Iowa that day . . . Pretty sad, no?


blarring


Feb 16, 2008, 1:39 PM

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martis,
Congratulations on your story getting published. Which magazine, if I may ask?


Thanks,



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



eoc


Feb 16, 2008, 2:17 PM

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did iowa just send out nonfiction acceptances, or acceptances for every genre?

my pulse is starting to quicken in anticipation of grave disappointment.


blarring


Feb 16, 2008, 2:20 PM

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Just nonfiction. It is a separate department from the fiction/poetry. I figure f/p acceptance notifications will begin next week.



B. Lynn Arrington
"A Southerner talks music." --Mark Twain



BLUECHEESE


Feb 16, 2008, 5:12 PM

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Re: [martis] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah, I don't think the poetry/fiction letters have gone out yet, and there is still a chance to be waitlisted for creative non-fiction.

Keep the heads held high, but not so high that they drop down low when you DO get rejected. I mean, come on, this is Iowa we are talking about here.


annie0


Feb 17, 2008, 1:38 PM

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Re: [BLUECHEESE] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm new here, but so glad we have this forum. I wish I'd known about it during the application process!

I would love to hear the thoughts of anyone currently in (or recently graduated from) the Nonfiction program at Iowa. Most of the anecdotal info I've gathered here tends to be about the IWW, and I get the feeling the two programs are pretty distinct from each other.

Any insights into the atmosphere there would be wholly appreciated, especially regarding encouragement/competitiveness, support between the students, rumors of favoritism. I'm really interested to know what sort of place it is to spent three intense working years.

Thanks in advance!


spamela


Feb 18, 2008, 1:58 PM

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Hi Annie, first let me say: I'm not a student in the Iowa NF program. BUT, I know Robin Hemley from Vermont College and he is a fantastic teacher, mentor and writer. I'm also an Iowa City native. It's a great town. Very cheap and easy to live there. I know plenty of writers who've become "stuck" there, deciding to stay and work quietly on their writing after graduating from the workshop. Good luck to you!


Lyz
Lyz
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Feb 18, 2008, 2:20 PM

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One of my bosses graduated from the Workshop. He said it was one of the toughest and best experiences he's ever had. He said the first day of class they had been assigned to workshop his story. During class, one of the students picked of a copy of the story and threw it down on the table and said, "I don't know how this person even got in here."

But he also said it challenged him and he would do it all over again. I also live in the area and I just love it. Its great affordable and really attracts a lot of writers who come through and give readings at Prairie Lights. Iowa is completely underrated. Except now, when, there is too much snow.


http://shopoftheheart.blogspot.com


dorchester


Feb 18, 2008, 3:44 PM

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Re: [spamela] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

I agree. Iowa City is probably the best city in the United States to live as a writer. Tons of big name writers come through there all the time, and the reading series at Prairie Lights is second to none. Add to that all the current and past workshop students living in town, and you have a truly amazing community. It's the only place I've ever lived where I actually felt that being a writer was not only a respectable career choice, but an admirable one.


(This post was edited by dorchester on Feb 18, 2008, 3:51 PM)


alw


Feb 18, 2008, 6:08 PM

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So someone just posted an acceptance to Iowa for Fiction today via phone on Godfrey's blog. I'm definitely worried about not receiving a call


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Feb 18, 2008, 6:48 PM

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Re: [alw] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

Sorry, where is Godfrey's blog?


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Zash
Zachary Ash

Feb 18, 2008, 6:55 PM

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Re: [Junior Maas] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

The link is posted on the Waiting Game thread.


pareidolia


Feb 18, 2008, 7:46 PM

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Here is his blog

http://writingmfa2008.blogspot.com/


martis


Feb 18, 2008, 9:04 PM

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Re: [pareidolia] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

Oh Jeez. What about for Poetry? Any news? This is making me nervous. I know it's next to impossible to get into Iowa, but my second choice school is such a distant second and my thrid choice school is such a distant third . . . I know that none of this is rational, of course . . .


monarca


Feb 19, 2008, 9:45 AM

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Re: [alw] Iowa MFA in Nonfiction [In reply to] Can't Post

Yep, I'm worried too. But they do have a number of calls to make. And one anonymous comment makes me skeptical.

Today was already going to to be a bad day at work. I don't want to worry about Iowa on top of it!


ecletters


Feb 19, 2008, 2:11 PM

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Hi Everyone,
I just wanted to let people know that I have added a section on the Iowa 2009 blog for people to ask questions of current students, most likely first years, and most likely me. So...the page is www.iowamfa.blogspot.com. Good luck to everyone out there and congratulations to those admitted.

Best,
K

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So someone just posted an acceptance to Iowa for Fiction today via phone on Godfrey's blog. I'm definitely worried about not receiving a call



pensive
Adam
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Feb 19, 2008, 2:19 PM

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So are you saying that all those admitted have been notified already? Just curious.


ecletters


Feb 19, 2008, 2:28 PM

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Re: [pensive] Accepted to Iowa? [In reply to] Can't Post

Sorry to confuse. I have no idea when they will start notifying people. Apparently one person has already heard. I do know that they make calls and send letters and that it takes a couple of days. It was just a general congratulations to those who will be admitted (to iowa and anywhere else), and an offer to answer questions.
K


(This post was edited by ecletters on Feb 19, 2008, 2:29 PM)


silkfx2004


Feb 19, 2008, 6:03 PM

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If things go as they've normally gone, some people should start getting phone calls this week or (more likely) next. Others will start getting letters next week or at the start of March.

Yes, Iowa City is a great place to live and write, but right now the amount of snow and ice here is INSANE. I'm about to shuffle home (because of the ice, it's a shuffle) and attempt to dig my car out of a snowdrift.


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Nobody but God gets it right the first time. Everybody else has to rewrite. --attributed to Stephen King

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