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janeeyre



Apr 11, 2008, 7:24 PM

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Re: [esined] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

Okay, final decision: Madison! I just accepted admission to the University of Wisconsin. I'm so relieved to have chosen...


RaoulDuke
Cobra Cobachi

Apr 11, 2008, 7:26 PM

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Congrats, Jane! I'm jealous, Wisconsin looks ideal. Good luck with all of your future endeavors.


Rick


Yugao


Apr 11, 2008, 8:10 PM

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Re: [esined] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

In reply to esined's question: Marie Howe and Michael Parker are visiting faculty now. Z.Z. Packer will be there in the fall.


(This post was edited by Yugao on Apr 11, 2008, 8:11 PM)


niname


Apr 11, 2008, 8:53 PM

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sarah lawrence vs. dartmouth [In reply to] Can't Post

hey.. im choosing btw sarah lawrence (for fiction) and dartmouth (ma in liberal studies, emphasis in CW).. anyone have any opinions? i have to decide by tomorrow.


Zash
Zachary Ash

Apr 11, 2008, 10:25 PM

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Re: [niname] sarah lawrence vs. dartmouth [In reply to] Can't Post

Go Big Green! Really, if they offer you money, this could be a great way to prep for the next round of MFA applications in two years.


twoheadedboy


Apr 11, 2008, 11:53 PM

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Re: [niname] sarah lawrence vs. dartmouth [In reply to] Can't Post

I recently graduated from Dartmouth and had a lot of the same professors who teach in the MA program--I was a undergraduate English/Creative Writing major. The program at Dartmouth is pretty nice (but do they give any funding?), but it isn't a very cohesive, as a lot of people are part time, or they take time off and come back later, etc, so you don't really get a solid group of peers. I absolutely loved my four years at Dartmouth, as well as my creative writing professors, and Hanover is a gorgeous place, but I always had the strong impression that it would be a rather lonely place to be a graduate student. It always seemed that the school is truly there for its undergraduates, and everyone else is on the fringe. On the other hand, Sarah Lawrence has NYC at its fingertips, and I've heard for years what a marvelous MFA program it has. I would have a hard time passing that up.


dylanvitti


Apr 12, 2008, 12:03 AM

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Re: [readytorun] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

I had not received any official word on funding by the time I turned in my decision. However, I would have been an in-state resident, which would have reduced my tuition by quite a bit.


ovni1013


Apr 12, 2008, 12:24 AM

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Re: [niname] sarah lawrence vs. dartmouth [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi niname,
I'm 99% sure that I'll be going to Sarah Lawrence for fiction in the fall. Luckily, I can wait until next week to make my final decision, so I'll have time to visit. I'm really impressed with the program structure and faculty at SLC. And the publishing connections in New York are unbeatable.

The deciding factor in choosing between an MFA and an MA (for me) is that I want to spend the next two years focusing on writing fiction. It's my understanding that most MA programs, even those with a creative writing focus, also spend a lot of time on criticism. Dartmouth's program might be different; I don't know anything about it. I guess you should ask yourself how you want to prioritize your time right now. I think that an MA can only help if you decide to go back to get an MFA eventually.


paperplanes


Apr 12, 2008, 2:56 AM

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Re: [janeeyre] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

Congrats, janeeyre!

I hope you love it there! And good luck!


niname


Apr 12, 2008, 3:09 AM

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Re: [ovni1013] sarah lawrence vs. dartmouth [In reply to] Can't Post

thanks for the input, guys.. very helpful! i have decided (drumroll) on sarah lawrence, ivy league be damned! hope i see you there in the fall, ovni -- it would be great to go in with a friend (albeit an internet friend)... oy. my parents will be disappointed, but a girl's got to follow her heart! im excited.


ptm


Apr 12, 2008, 1:58 PM

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USC MPW [In reply to] Can't Post

Hello everyone - I've lurked for a little while, but haven't posted before. I applied to a handful of places, and have gotten good news from the USC MPW program. There's a lot about the program I'm excited about: the fact I can focus on fiction while also dabbling in screenwriting and its location in L.A. as two of the big ones. I'm in the running for some funding with teaching opportunities, which would be a huge help both money- and experience-wise.

While playing the waiting game, I've been digging around the internet for some feedback on the program. And I haven't really found all that much. Does anyone here have any feedback on the program? (Random more specific questions include: how cohesive is the program? What is the exact size, student-wise? Is this thought of as the red-headed stepchild of creative writing programs, or a unique alternative?) Any and all input is greatly appreciated. And apologies to any red-headed stepchildren reading this - no offense was intended.


dickenscratch



Apr 12, 2008, 5:18 PM

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UNCG - final decision [In reply to] Can't Post

Just accepted UNCG's offer. Feels great to have this process finalized. I'm gonna go buy myself a celebratory drink or two now!


RaoulDuke
Cobra Cobachi

Apr 12, 2008, 5:47 PM

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Congrats! Did you end up receiving funding from them?


dickenscratch



Apr 12, 2008, 5:49 PM

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Yep, a pretty sweet deal. How are you doing over at SIU?


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RaoulDuke
Cobra Cobachi

Apr 12, 2008, 5:53 PM

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Re: [dickenscratch] UNCG - final decision [In reply to] Can't Post

No word yet, feeling optimistic though. (knock on wood).


Blanca78


Apr 12, 2008, 8:16 PM

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three more days... [In reply to] Can't Post

Eeek. I am still dancing between Minnesota and Ohio State (fiction). I don't know, I don't know...


nicolec24


Apr 12, 2008, 8:16 PM

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Re: [Yugao] Has Anybody Made a Final Decision? [In reply to] Can't Post

I take that back. The Michener Center called yesterday. I'm in for fiction! See you there.


ejdifili
Emily

Apr 13, 2008, 2:19 PM

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In Reply To
Just accepted UNCG's offer. Feels great to have this process finalized. I'm gonna go buy myself a celebratory drink or two now!


Congratulations!

You're fiction, right? Which schools did you turn down?


dickenscratch



Apr 13, 2008, 2:43 PM

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Re: [ejdifili] UNCG - final decision [In reply to] Can't Post

Yep, fiction. I turned down:

University of Maryland
Colorado State University
Montana
SIU-Carbondale
VCU
McNeese
Arkansas




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In Reply To
Just accepted UNCG's offer. Feels great to have this process finalized. I'm gonna go buy myself a celebratory drink or two now!


Congratulations!

You're fiction, right? Which schools did you turn down?



jessicay


Apr 13, 2008, 9:53 PM

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Re: [dickenscratch] UNCG - final decision [In reply to] Can't Post

Completely new to P&W (any of these sites, really), and happy/relieved to be here.

Accepted: George Mason (nonfiction), Pittsburgh (nonfiction), Pittsburgh (poetry), The New School (nonfiction)
Waitlisted: Michigan (poetry, next in line), Syracuse (poetry), UC-Davis (nonfiction), UC-Irvine (poetry, second in line), Virginia Tech (poetry).
Rejected: Brown (poetry), Cornell (poetry), Hollins (nonfiction), NYU (poetry)

None of my accepted schools gave me funding, which I need in order to attend a program (I'm an Adjunct; I make 20k/yr as it is...). Pitt seems *amazing,* but the idea of spending 70k... Still, I visited the three and have researched funding at them extensively (esp. Pitt) and am more than happy to share what I've found if anyone has particularly questions.

If you're sitting on an acceptance for one of the above schools, please let me know what form of bribery works best for you. Seriously though, it would mean the world to me--and by the world, I mean the ability to attend an MFA Program.

If not, perhaps we can all play this game again next year? I think it will be a lot more fun now that I actually understand how it's played. And look out Waitlisted at Mason, Pitt and TNS--I'm sure that call will be an amazing one to receive. :)


(I also posted this under Waitlist forum section. Apologies for the repeat; I'm not sure how this all works.)


Sugah


Apr 13, 2008, 10:26 PM

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Re: [jessicay] UNCG - final decision [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi, Jessica,

We've started a blog for Pitt potentials or sure things. You're input would be most welcome there, as some who are intent on going have not yet found funding, though there were some discoveries made last Monday that raised some spirits, I think.

Anyway, please - come contribute. The address is in my signature line.

(I'm in for non-fiction, too.)

___________________


http://sugahsshack.blogspot.com


pensive
Adam
e-mail user

Apr 13, 2008, 11:29 PM

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Re: [jessicay] UNCG - final decision [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm a member of the blog as well. Pitt acceptee: fiction. There are multiple funding opportunities after the first year, and even without funding, the total is much less than 70K. 36 credits is closer to 40K... and when we visited we spoke to multiple students who'd said that finding funding after your first year is relatively easy.


http://pittmfa.blogspot.com


(This post was edited by pensive on Apr 13, 2008, 11:30 PM)


quotidian poet


Apr 14, 2008, 12:37 AM

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Almost there [In reply to] Can't Post

For poetry, I've just declined:
Univ of Oregon
Univ of Montana

I'm next in line for an as-yet-unaccepted TA position at Univ of Washington. If that person declines, I'll go there. Otherwise, I'll be thrilled to go to Johns Hopkins. Should be settled in the next two days.

I was also waitlisted at Univ of Michigan, but was apparently middle of the list and haven't heard anything more.

And to round out the picture, I was rejected by: Brown, Cornell, Indiana, Iowa, and Virginia.


Blanca78


Apr 14, 2008, 11:12 AM

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Yes! [In reply to] Can't Post

I finally decided. I'm going to Ohio State (for fiction). I previously turned down Washington University, and just turned down Minnesota. And I will be giving up a spot on Michigan's wait list. It feels sooooo good to KNOW where I'm going, and I can't wait! In the end OSU seems to have an all-round great program. I love the faculty, there are opportunities in the greater Columbus area for teaching creative writing to high schoolers and younger kids, and the university is so huge the types of electives I can take seems limitless. They have a great English department and everyone says it's an uncommonly supportive program. When I visited, everyone seemed to be having fun together, and Columbus is cheap as hell to live in, but not devoid of cool stuff. And a funded third year. I'm so happy.


smallfrog


Apr 14, 2008, 11:44 AM

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Michigan [In reply to] Can't Post

I have accepted an offer from Michigan, for fiction. I am thrilled and delighted and feel like the luckiest kid on the block. I think the faculty is a great fit for me, and I can't wait to be in a classroom again.

Now I can stop fretting over this and start worrying about logistics, moving, finding an apartment, and all that other stuff.

I believe someone should be getting a call from Syracuse.

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