Mar 2, 2008, 3:23 PM
Post #631 of 1632
After a lot of soul searching I've realized I either go to the place that I want for me or I don't go at all.
Might I offer an alternative perspective?
A friend of mine just finished his PhD in fiction. Five years ago, he applied to all the top MFA programs (Iowa, Michigan, UT, UMass, etc... the usual suspects) along with a few safeties. He was flat-out rejected (no waitlists) by all but one of his safety schools, a no-name program in the midwest without any notable faculty. He swallowed his pride and accepted their offer.
He has since had dozens of short stories published, two of them in highly reputable magazines (Tin House and One Story).
Point being, it's not nearly as important where you go as it is what you do when you get there. Resolving to hold out for nothing short of your personal writing utopia is a huge mistake, in my opinion. You're pinning a lot of hope on a long-shot that, for any number of reasons not necessarily related to your talent, might never happen for you.
I, for one, am kicking myself for not applying to a few more realistic places in case my "dream programs" don't work out.
Now, that said, if you're satisfied with pursuing a screenwriting career regardless of whether or not you go to film school, period... well, hold out as long as you want. Who knows, you might be the next PTA.
I just think you're placing far too much weight on the importance of attending this program.
(This post was edited by bennyprof on Mar 2, 2008, 3:26 PM)