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thbeard1


Feb 24, 2009, 1:35 AM

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I decided to join in on this because I'm bored. But anyway...

Genre: Fiction

Accepted at: Ohio State is the only one. I applied to twelve schools. At this point, of the schools I applied to, only OSU, Iowa, Texas State and Alabama have started sending acceptances. I'm waiting on all the rest. But really, OSU is looking almost unbeatable to me, so I'm not concerned.
Writing: I've been writing seriously for around two years. Writing has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember (past writing was cartoons and music) but until recently, I didn't think I had any sort of potential in the field of fiction.

Published: No, but working on it.

Preparation: A little revision after I workshopped one of the stories. The other story I revised substantially without any input. I paid an amazingly small amount of attention to reworking my sample (something I regret). But I felt that the stories I submitted were strong from the moment I finished them, and I have a really bad habit of not revising (if my stories work, they work. If not, they really don't work.). I just move on to a new story if one doesn't work.

Though this doesn't seem to fit with the MFA thing, I feel that my academic performance and my letters of rec. played a VERY significant role in my success thus far. I had very good letters and my critical writing may be almost as good as my creative writing (I don't know though because I am very dismissive of my fiction). But really, don't dismiss things other than the portfolio because they can have a major impact (that does not include th GRE because it is a pointless waste of money) on your application, at least in my opinion they can.

Community: I have never been a member of a writers' community. I have one person that I let read my work outside of workshop. He is a good writer and a good reader and most of all he tells me the truth. That is the major challenge of writing communities is finding people that critique. Anyway...I suggest that you find someone who you feel is a better writer than yourself to critique your work. Dealing with someone who is more skilled leads to better discussion and more knowledge.

Best of luck to everyone.


Audreyhurston


Feb 24, 2009, 2:37 AM

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New Jersey for rental savings is a smart choice. Form of transportation depends on where in New Jersey you live. Jersey City and Hoboken: Train; Fort Lee: Bus. In the city you will figure out whether you like the subway or bus better.


v1ctorya


Feb 24, 2009, 9:16 AM

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First of all, thanks so much for all the congratulations and advice--it really is invaluable to me.

For those of you who have lived in the NY area, would be wise for me to find a place in NJ and commute to TNS? The rent is SO much cheaper and I don't mind not being able to live in the city if it means I'll have the extra money. Also, what's the best way to commute? Do people usually take a bus, the subway...? I'm so clueless.



I live in Manhattan and lucked out in getting a rent stabilized apartment, so pay under 800 for a huge studio (separate dining area, kitchen, bath, and three closets). But I paid my dues, spent 9 months in a one bedroom share (although, to be fair only paid 300 a month with that). BUT, the way I worked it was to find neighborhoods I liked and just ring every super's doorbell until I found a place with an opening. Then had to interview (11 other applicants or so?) but got it. Technically, my place is big enough for two but I like my privacy.

Also, yes, subway.

That's my advice - do a share for a bit and start looking at neighborhoods you like. There are great deals out there, but you can't be passive about it. The best deals are never spoken about, you have to find them yourself by putting yourself out there.


agnyc


Feb 24, 2009, 11:35 AM

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jersey city is fine, plenty of people do it. my lady is currently a grad student at TSN and we live in Brooklyn. If you live anywhere close to TSN, prices will be outrageous, seriously. from jerzy sometimes people take a bus, but if you can live on the PATH train (hoboken, jerz city) it functions essentially like the subway, round the clock every day and drops you off right by TSN on 9th street and sixth ave, a few blocks away. if you are at the TSN i would say BK is preferable to the Bronx or Queens for commute time, take a look at a map and try to find a subway line. TSN is somewhere between West 4th street and union square and so you can get there a whole lot of ways. If you opt for Queens, I'd reccomend Astoria, on the N/R/W lines which can all get you to Union square. Great, safe, immigrant neighborhood with a real old NYC vibe...cheap food, grocery and services abound. Also same in parts of brooklyn, Sunset park, Bay Ridge, etc. NYC is the bomb, by the way!


Md23Rewls


Feb 25, 2009, 7:25 PM

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About three hours ago I got the call from Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. I am soooooo happy about it. The fact that Wyoming rejected me last week makes it sweeter.


v1ctorya


Feb 25, 2009, 7:34 PM

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About three hours ago I got the call from Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program. I am soooooo happy about it. The fact that Wyoming rejected me last week makes it sweeter.



congratulations! That's great to hear.

Man, the only thing in my mailbox was a bill from my last ER visit and a letter from the cemetery, how fortelling is that?


moomoocow42


Feb 25, 2009, 7:43 PM

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Congrats Md23Rewls! Knew you'd get in somewhere.


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Reaper16


Feb 25, 2009, 10:26 PM

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I'm so happy for you! I applied there, too; that is a call that would have probably brought tears to my eyes at this point. I haven't heard from any school one way or the other.


germericanqt


Feb 26, 2009, 11:12 AM

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Hooray! :)


Khalilah


Feb 26, 2009, 12:07 PM

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Congratulations!!


cecilpeoples


Feb 26, 2009, 2:10 PM

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someone got into hunter for fiction today (posted on TSE). they said only 6 got in, so no phone call within a day or two is probably bad news.


Md23Rewls


Feb 26, 2009, 4:05 PM

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I'll bite on the 'Accepted Writer Profile' thingie.

Genre: Creative Nonfiction (though I love poetry and fiction too)

Accepted at: Iowa's Nonfiction Writing Program--and damn excited about it too. Iowa was one I'd crossed off my mental list too, pessimist that I am. Somebody would have to offer me something absolutely great for me not to take the Iowa slot.

Writing: I've been writing seriously for probably two and a half years. It wasn't until after I took my first poetry class at around the age of nineteen that my nonfiction really took off. That class was where I realized that writing--even in a long essay or short story--didn't have to be confined to the sentence structure that's drilled into us in high school. It took me breaking down a lot of my preconceptions about how to write before I could actually write well. Nonfiction is harder for me to write than fiction or poetry (those come easy for me, for some reason), but nonfiction is also where I feel I'm at my most honest and truthful.

Published: As of yet, no. Sending stuff out, though.

Sample Preparation: Pretty much nothing. Ran it through spell check a final time, I guess. I wrote the essay last spring, spent the summer revising it like hell, and then when I started thinking about grad schools in the fall, the piece was already there and ready. I am really happy that I didn't have to do anything to it. The various deadlines were pressing me enough as it was, plus I was wrapping up the final semester of my undergrad. I actually sent a different sample to Wyoming than I did to Iowa and the rest of my schools, but I don't regret that, even though I got rejected from Wyoming. I had to send that second sample to somebody, just for peace of mind.

Community: None really. I was pretty close with some of my profs and would drop by their offices asking them to read an essay I was working on, even if I didn't have a class with them, but I wasn't part of a writer's group or anything. One of my strengths is being able to step back from my work and read it with fresh eyes. I know some people can't do that, but I'm usually very very good at it. I'm also far more critical of my work than workshop groups ever were. I can tear my stuff up pretty well if I'm looking at it critically.


Raysen


Feb 26, 2009, 4:23 PM

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Well, in the last four days, I've been contacted by an MFA program with an offer. I will not reveal the identity of the school (until a month later) because I don't want to be outed. I value my privacy, especially in light of who I am. I mean, what if the MFA person I spoke with on the phone reads this forum? You get my drift? He/She could put 2 and 2 together and discover that Raysen=_________. Then what? I can't bear the thought.

Anyway, I'm dining out tonight at P.F. Chang's to celebrate with my s.o. Woo Hoo!

(I guess my writing sample on Frosty the Snowman Meets the Abominable Snowman worked!)


(This post was edited by Raysen on Feb 26, 2009, 4:27 PM)


unsaid78


Feb 26, 2009, 4:26 PM

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Congrats Raysen!! I'm guessing Iowa, figuring the PF "Chang's" was a hint.


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Md23Rewls


Feb 26, 2009, 4:26 PM

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Congrats on your (somewhat cryptic) acceptance.


Raysen


Feb 26, 2009, 4:29 PM

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Thanks, peeps!

Having said this, I should inform you that I've been rejected at U. of Texas -- Michener. Damn them.

I don't think the Texas folks have it in them to appreciate Frosty and the Abominable Snowman.


(This post was edited by Raysen on Feb 26, 2009, 4:30 PM)


reality writes


Feb 26, 2009, 4:51 PM

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why not email Seth anonymously?


HappyCianci



Feb 26, 2009, 5:24 PM

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I haven't been able to log on to my UT status page all day. I get a weird error message that includes the line 'you are not at fault.'

I'm just going to pretend that means I'm in ;)


HappyCianci



Feb 26, 2009, 6:50 PM

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Aha- it doesn't mean I'm in, it just means I was using the wrong ID to log in, and now that I've got the right one..... rejected.


kabochantico


Feb 26, 2009, 7:18 PM

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where is everyone seeing their michener rejection? on the status page that tells whether all your materials have been received, or elsewhere? i just have an "EID" which doesn't seem to be enough to log into my texas email.

thanks,
k


Audreyhurston


Feb 26, 2009, 8:47 PM

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Yes Kabo... you go to the status page - you have to have an EID and a password and it will be above all the accepted materials info.


Audreyhurston


Feb 26, 2009, 8:57 PM

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C_Larose sorry for using a respond to you to start this inquiry but I figured it would be good to start with a current MFAer.

I haven't been accepted to any of the following (yet) but I would like to know if there are any alumni or current MFAers out there from the following programs who can tell me anything about their experiences (in general but esp. in fiction).

Va. Tech
Brown
UC Irvine
UMissouri St. Louis
UWAsh -- Seattle
UNLV


felixqvarga


Feb 26, 2009, 10:52 PM

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Hi Audrey. I graduated from Brown's MFA program (fiction). If you have specific questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

fqv


Audreyhurston


Feb 27, 2009, 8:49 AM

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Thanks so much Felix. Its wierd. I feel like I'm trying to shore myself up for rejection especially with Brown but I'll ask. People have said a lot about Brown in these forums so I don't feel like I have a lot to ask but I would like to know:
1. do people have publishable manuscripts ready by the end of their two years at Brown?
2. what type of exposure to editors and publishers do Brown MFAers get?
3. what is the community(writing and other) like at Brown?
4. Do you know how students over the age of 30 fit in at Brown?
5. I've heard rumors of people not being happy with their Brown experience, do you know what aspects of the program disappoint Brown MFAers?
6.What is workshop like at Brown?


felixqvarga


Feb 27, 2009, 11:36 AM

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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...

2) none

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.

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