Mar 1, 2008, 10:06 PM
Post #390 of 2090
I am getting an MFA at the moment and I have an MA. I would be really interested in applying to Creative Writing PhD programs. Mainly because when I graduate I'll have to go back to my career waitress mode. Kidding. (no I'm not) But I do see problems; funding and selectivity being the main ones. Are there fellowships with these (like in MFA programs)? TA-ships or the like? Also, I am quite a bit older than my classmates already, which is kind of uncomfortable sometimes though I try not to let it be. Any feedback from y'all would be great!
Actually, most of the programs available have extensive funding...nothing that would compare to recent anomalies like the Michener Center MFA, but good packages. They typically range (and anyone feel free to correct me) from all students fully funded with 1/1 or 2/1 load to some students fully funded with 2/2 load.
Most programs, I think, will let/force you to teach comp as well as creative writing & most, I think, have opportunities to teach Lit later on down the line, but you may have to finagle your way into it by proposing a class, making it clear you want to teach Lit, etc.
In addition, some programs (Missouri?) also offer funding packages linked to admin and journal work....
In short, I don't think anyone (at least on this board) is applying with plans to send themselves deeper into debt.
This reader's poll on Seth Abramson's blog might be a good place for you to start gathering information. Just google each English Department, check out their websites, see what you like/don't like, and go from there. Of course, that's not a complete list of the programs available, but it comes closer than you'd think.....