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razmatazmilfoil
Sara

Nov 17, 2007, 10:00 PM

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The faculty I mentioned are for fiction. Dorianne Laux, Garrett Hongo, and Geri Doran (visiting) are the poetry faculty. Dorianne is on sabbatical this year.


razmatazmilfoil
Sara

Nov 17, 2007, 10:23 PM

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Actually there are quite a few sad pandas around here at Oregon. We just got an email from the creative writing director saying that Dorianne Laux has accepted a position elsewhere. Alas, I don't know where. She's coming back this winter to work with the first years, but will be gone as 2008-2009. Garrett Hongo will still be here next year, Geri Doran has been asked to stay, and they are searching for a third tenure-track poetry faculty member.


Rambler


Nov 18, 2007, 6:47 PM

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Has anybody on this forum applied and got into:

1. Notre Dame?
2. University of South Carolina?

If so, can you provide any info/perspective on these programs?

I'm interested in what Notre Dame is looking for in its students
and
What is the competition like to get into Univ. of South Carolina?


aluminum


Nov 18, 2007, 10:35 PM

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hey raz:
just wanted to say thanks for the information!


chitown


Nov 18, 2007, 10:43 PM

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I know that Notre Dame lists its current students (and their email addresses) on its MFA website if you are feeling brave enough to contact them. I have contacted a few MFA students randomly this way and each was very friendly and more than willing to answer questions about their particular program.


mvalente


Nov 23, 2007, 12:58 PM

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Hi Rambler -

This is Mike Valente, a current first-year at the University of Notre Dame. It's a 2-year program, and each incoming class has 11 students. 5 or 6 receive stipends/fellowships, and the rest do not (I don't). I do TA in another dept, so I do get a small stipend. That's on top of our tuition being waived.

The faculty is tremendous - they care about all of the students. Cornelius Eady joined the program and became Director two years ago. The program is relatively young, the first class was in 1991 (I think).

Expectations - each student is required to take 1 Literature class per semester, so you have that work on top of your writing workshop requirements. A thesis is required, and for prose writers, it can be either a collection of short stories or a novel. For poets, I'm not sure. The second year class currently has 2 non-fiction writers out of 6 prose writers. Amongst the 5 prose writers in the first year class, there aren't any non-fiction writers (we're all fiction). So while they don't have a separate "non-fiction" genre, the program admits non-fiction writers under the umbrella of prose, and we sit in the same workshop. The faculty also allows and encourages its students to take a workshop in the other genre.

Hope that this info is helpful. You can also view all of the student and faculty bios on the Notre Dame Creative Writing web site.

Mike


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Has anybody on this forum applied and got into:

1. Notre Dame?
2. University of South Carolina?

If so, can you provide any info/perspective on these programs?

I'm interested in what Notre Dame is looking for in its students
and
What is the competition like to get into Univ. of South Carolina?



BLUECHEESE


Nov 23, 2007, 1:20 PM

Post #332 of 454 (4041 views)
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How is Notre Dame in terms of community?


Rambler


Nov 23, 2007, 1:41 PM

Post #333 of 454 (4030 views)
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Mike,
Is there some secret formula you know that will help me get in to Notre Dame's program?
I can't tell you how much I'd love to attend this school (based on my limited research).
Well aside from the formula (which I suspect doesn't really exist), are there any other tips you can give us rookies who'd die to get in?
(statement of intent...writing sample...anything?)


mvalente


Nov 23, 2007, 9:31 PM

Post #334 of 454 (3982 views)
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Hi BLUECHEESE –

I’m not entirely sure what you mean by “community”, so I’ll try to touch on a few things with the hope that I answer your question.

MFA community – Some of us are pretty close friends, and all of us can, at the very least, coexist and work well together in workshop. We have organized events within the program, like readings at cafes, sites on campus, as well as visiting speakers/authors coming to campus. We also hang out outside of the program, like at a bar, at a dinner at someone’s house, or at someone’s Halloween party. Second- and first-years have differing writing styles and come from very diverse backgrounds, which I believe adds to our workshop discussions. In my opinion, the blend of students has shaped our friendships as well as our lives as writers. The faculty members always have their doors open for office hours, they’ve invited us into their homes, and they are adept at helping us mature and accomplish a lot as writers. I can’t say enough about what the faculty here is capable of doing.

Graduate Community – The graduate community here is stellar. I live in a graduate apartment complex where I’ve become friends with folks in PhD programs, other Masters programs and in the law school. The graduate population is extremely diverse, intellectual and fun.

English Dept Community – we take our Lit classes with the English PhD candidates who are beyond bright. We’ve also had a couple of events within the English Dept where we’ve had the opportunity to meet a few of the other students. THe English faculty is incredible. I'm taking 18th cent Victorian poetry (I'm a fiction writer, not a poet) with one of the experts in the field, Prof. John Sitter.

Notre Dame community – It’s a Catholic University, and a large percentage of the student body is catholic, or at least religious in some way. That said, if you want religion to be a major part of your life, it’s here. If not, then it’s still very easy to get lost in your own world. You can live on campus, spend exorbitant amounts of time in the library (like me!) and walk to and from class while listening to your iPod (like me) and not even realize that you’re at a catholic university. The undergrads are extremely intelligent and bring a lot of energy to this campus. The alumni are dedicated to this university and deeply tied to the organization, its goals, and its student body.

Hope that this info is useful.

Mike


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How is Notre Dame in terms of community?



BLUECHEESE


Nov 23, 2007, 9:59 PM

Post #335 of 454 (3978 views)
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Thanks! I was refering to the MFA community. As in, are the writers friends, etc. Good to know. I get the feeling that it doesn't happen some places... which would suck. I guess it is somewhat dependent on the people in the program, but I also just think it depends on the environment in general, at least to a degree.


mvalente


Nov 24, 2007, 11:13 AM

Post #336 of 454 (3940 views)
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Hi Rambler -

Even though I'm at Notre Dame, I still don't know the formula for getting into the program. Haha. The only thing that I can tell you, and you've probably heard it already, is to focus on your writing sample. Statement and Letters are important, too, at some point.

I'm glad that you're excited about Notre Dame's program! Oh, they moved the application deadline date up to January 2 (last year it was Feb 1). Not sure why. Probably to get a jump on reading applications.

Mike


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Mike,
Is there some secret formula you know that will help me get in to Notre Dame's program?
I can't tell you how much I'd love to attend this school (based on my limited research).
Well aside from the formula (which I suspect doesn't really exist), are there any other tips you can give us rookies who'd die to get in?
(statement of intent...writing sample...anything?)



sovietsleepover


Nov 24, 2007, 11:43 PM

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A note for folks thinking about applying to the Michener Center at UT Austin: the Michener Center & the English department (which offers a creative MA) are jointly hiring a big-name poet to start in Fall 2008 as a permanent faculty member in the English department. This should help alleviate the sort of dire situation with poetry faculty at UT (A. Van Jordan won a Guggenheim and has been gone this academic year, and David Wevill retired at the end of last year, so third-year poets working on their theses are in a kind of awkward situation re: thesis advising right now). There's a really impressive handful of poets who've applied for the position--I don't think it's okay to make it public at this point (or rather, I have no idea what the etiquette for this is, and I'd rather not say anything--I'm sorry!), but they're all Big Deal poets. The two I've had the opportunity to work with elsewhere have also been incredible as teachers/workshop leaders.


umass76


Nov 25, 2007, 3:19 AM

Post #338 of 454 (3851 views)
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To Motet (and all),

I've been having a hard time distinguishing between the "Application Time" and "Choosing An MFA Program" threads--actually I think I had this problem last year, too--largely because, while one of these two threads is definitely necessary to discuss the nuts-and-bolts of applying (i.e., "How do I..."; "Should I..."; and so on), it seems the other would be more beneficial if it contained more targeted information, like (and obviously this is of great interest to me): Where are you applying and how did you decide to apply there?

So I guess my questions are:

1. Because I actually do see how (in theory) "Application Time" and Choosing An MFA Program" could be separate and distinct topics, would Motet be willing to start a new thread entitled, "Where Are You Applying?", so there's a sort of central clearinghouse for this information? (This is helpful to me as a data-collector of course, but also helpful for folks to see which schools others are interested in, and it might give applicants some new ideas re: schools they hadn't thought about before).

2. If a new topic can't be created, would people be interested in listing the schools they're applying to in this--or, alternately, a specific and existing--thread?

Just wanted to put that question out there. Thanks for any help Motet (or others) could provide. I know I found, last year, in collecting all kinds of data on MFA programs, that the #1 question people were interested in was finding out where everyone else was applying.

Best,
Seth


motet
Dana Davis / Moderator
e-mail user

Nov 25, 2007, 10:35 AM

Post #339 of 454 (3831 views)
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Seth,

Thanks for your input on this. I'm always interested in helping to clarify topic threads in order to make the information more useful to everyone.

So as not to interfere with the current discussion, I'm moving this one over here to the Suggestion Box.

Dana




malber


Nov 26, 2007, 8:23 PM

Post #340 of 454 (3696 views)
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Hey guys. I'm a fiction student at Ohio State and if anyone has questions about the program or city, I'd be glad to help out. Lots of great faculty, everyone's funded (some with fellowships), on Atlantic Monthly's "Up and Coming" list: what's not to love?

This website was so helpful to me last year, so it's the least I could do.


aiyamei

e-mail user

Dec 4, 2007, 3:31 PM

Post #341 of 454 (3502 views)
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Can anyone tell me about the funding situation at Wisconsin-Madison? I have been looking around and can't seem to find clear-cut info. Sorry if this question is inadvertently redundant!


DMiller


Dec 4, 2007, 3:58 PM

Post #342 of 454 (3492 views)
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The information is right here.

http://creativewriting.wisc.edu/mfa.php#FinancialAid


cookie1984


Dec 4, 2007, 7:22 PM

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ridger


Dec 4, 2007, 8:54 PM

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I'm putting together my final list of schools. I keep getting hung up on the question of whether these professors, whether big name or not so much, are good teachers, and are invested in helping their students.

I know probably all programs are going to offer a lot to students, from peers and from instructors, and obviously each person has a different experience. But I imagine there are some consistent beliefs out there. For example, I hear George Saunders is a great teacher, while Mary Gaitskill is not as much. And I never hear about other instructors there (in fiction at least.) Is this all just heresay?

What have people's experience been? Who are the stars of teaching?


ptld


Dec 4, 2007, 11:56 PM

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george saunders is a really gifted teacher. i don't have him for workshop, just a russian short story class, but hearing him talk about books he loves has made me a better writer. i haven't had class with mary gaitskill, but i've heard mostly good things. i would say 2 out of 3 people thought she was a good teacher. she seems a little less fun to talk to outside of class though.

arthur flowers is another great workshop leader. i've met his entire workshop this term and everyone agrees he's a really good, generous teacher. this year i had heidi julavits for workshop and she was really amazing.


hamlet3145


Dec 5, 2007, 12:35 PM

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Though I'm poetry here at Montana, I've heard from multiple people that Kevin Canty is excellent for the nuts & bolts of fiction writing.


green sneakers

e-mail user

Dec 6, 2007, 3:02 AM

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Wow. As a native New Yorker who just moved to Houston this summer, I have to say that I'm surprised by how much I'm liking Houston. Because I'm not in New York anymore, I can actually afford to live in the queer/artsy/liberal part of town, where the Walgreens carries an entire carousel of Pride cards and an assortment of rainbow feathered boas. Plus, it was 75 and sunny today. I really can't complain.

I think I (like many people in the Northeast) had a really narrow, skewed view of what Texas/Houston would be like. Yeah, the university is not in the best part of town, but the campus itself is fine. Pretty, even. I feel a lot safer walking back to my car, alone, in the dark, than I ever felt lurking around "Morningside Heights." Too bad, because I was really hoping in my racist heart to witness gang warfare and to record my robbery for my nonfiction workshop.

I do think it's a great idea to visit, if possible, if you're accepted and interested in going to Houston. Especially if you have no experience with the south, or with Texas. Or hey, even if you're from Dallas.


__________



Dec 6, 2007, 12:29 PM

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Ha ha. I'm glad to hear it's working out for you. I admit, my take on Houston's a wee bit skewed by my grandma; she walked into the Sharpstown Center on a day shooting broke out between the VIETNAMESE STREET GANGS!

The pride cards at Walgreens do surprise me. Now if we could just get the voters to follow suit...


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(This post was edited by Junior Maas on Dec 6, 2007, 12:31 PM)


jsw


Dec 6, 2007, 5:40 PM

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Hello all,

I've been lurking here for months and I'm finally coming out to post. This has been an incredibly helpful board as I get ready to put in my applications. I'm applying to a bunch of schools--thirteen in all, even though that's an unlucky number. I'm putting the finishing touches on my writing samples and personal statement, and I'd love to swap samples with folks in these last days before sending in the applications. If anyone would like another set of eyes on their work, feel free to message me and we can work it out.

Here's my list of schools:

Montana
Michigan
Texas State
Austin
Houston
UNCW
Iowa
Hollins
GMU
Minnesota
Alabama
University of New Mexico
Ohio State

I'm feeling a lot better about the whole process after meeting with a writing coach in the area who's given me a whole new prospective on my stories. Hoping to be able to incorporate some of her ideas before the first of the deadlines.

Thanks again for all the help in the past few months, even though you didn't know that you were giving it to me!

jsw


Scrat1


Dec 11, 2007, 1:00 AM

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Does anyone, for whatever reason, know roughly how selective either of these schools are:
University of Mississippi
University of Memphis

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