Feb 27, 2009, 11:36 AM
Post #2425 of 2979
Hi Audrey, okay:
1) it depends. Me: no (still working on it). Some people do. One guy who was there the year after me has published a memoir, but I think he'd had it finished before he started the program...
3) again, depends. Some classes have been very close, others, not so much. It's a small program, so you might or might not find yourself with people you really connect with.
Providence has a very active art community, what with RISD. So there are a lot of creative people around, lots of art and literary events etc.
4) I started when I was 35, finished at 37. I was one of the older students there, but not the oldest to ever be in the MFA program...a class a couple of years before mine had two writers over 40. Generally though, the Brown age demographic is heavily skewed towards undergrads. That said, they have the RUE program (resumed undergraduate experience); mostly people in their 30s and beyond. In any case, the MFA average age when I was there was about 27-28 or so I'd guess...
5) Not sure? I guess it depends on what you're looking for/hoping to get from it. It's small, and fairly hands off, but very open and flexible. You can take classes at RISD which I thought was cool...
6) Well, I had three workshops: with Wideman, Evenson, and Maso.
They were all very different. The way it works is, you have first and second year students together first semester (so 10 writers) then just the first years (5), then first and second years together again (this time you're a second year, with the new class of writers) and then the last semester you work on your thesis. My advisor was Brian.
There were DEFINITELY some personal tensions in the workshop. There was one writer who I honestly believe is Asperger's (have known several AS people and he fit the bill) who was rather tactless in some of his comments, and really pissed some people off. But generally it was good. In Carole's workshop we had less reading and more writing exercises; in Brian's more reading (LOTS of reading). But both of them are really great instructors, and of course, geniuses, so it was really helpful to work w/ them.