Nov 9, 2007, 11:38 PM
Post #299 of 454
Dear Speakeasy Forum:
Like many of you I've been researching madly and made up several spreadsheets trying to sort out my options. I'm not applying til next year when I've had time to write the GRE's and sort my portfolio but I'd love some help. I've noticed a few people posting their MFA requirements hoping the forum would help them shave down the options, or suggest a few additions, so here goes.
What I'm Looking For:
1) A well funded program full residency 2 year MFA. I simply can't afford to go to grad school without a TA-ship or editorial assistantship that includes a tuition waiver.
2) That offers teaching experience (I want to teach at the University level once I've graduated)
3) Is located in a queer-friendly city/state **
4) And maybe allows multi-genre work in fiction and poetry
What I've got going for me:
1) BFA in writing (Spring '08) (GPA higher than 3.8)
2) A competitive portfolio
3) Two very solid reference letters
4) Experience (an internship with a publishing company, a senior position on a genre editorial board for my dept's lit journal, marked a first year writing class, two research positions for profs, some published work including student press, a couple small journals and zine, contributor to two nonfiction books
5) Confidence :P
What I'm worried about:
1) I'm young (21), which means I've had less time to hone my writing then most applicants and I'm worried I'll be turned away in favour of older students.
2) my undergrad had a 50% CNF focus, my application will either be in fiction and poetry. My best reference is CNF. Do your references need to be able to speak about your writing in the genre you apply in?
** edited for clarity of intent
(This post was edited by calumnia on Nov 11, 2007, 2:04 AM)