Apr 7, 2006, 6:40 PM
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Unfortunately, I don't know much about the Indiana program, but I do think it's generally well-regarded. Come to think of it, I'm not sure why I didn't apply there -- it was on my long list at one point.
Re: [augustmaria] Multicultral/Political Writing
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I went to a summer workshop there before I applied to grad schools. That was a good experience -- I had a workshop with Robert Olen Butler, and was actually, by coincidence, in workshop with a guy who's now my classmate at Iowa. Though the faculty at the summer program weren't from the MFA program, so that doesn't really give you any insight. I thought Bloomington was okay. That was my first trip to the Midwest, actually. I remember one of my classmates making fun of me because I kept taking pictures of things that, to her, seemed completely boring and ordinary -- flat farmland, grain silos, etc. It was kind of deserted in the summer, but that's normal for college towns. I'm sure it's completely different during the school year.
Augustmaria -- I'd say that if a school admitted you, they think you're someone they can work with, and whose writing will benefit from their program. I don't know about Indiana, but in my MFA experience, there's been a real diversity of styles. And those styles don't necessarily seem to have anything to do with the styles of the faculty (or at least not anything obvious, that is -- I've found the teachers, for the most part, quite good at reading and responding to a variety of stories, even those that may be really different than the kinds of stories they're writing).