Nov 21, 2009, 9:58 AM
Post #647 of 1018
I am in the same boat as Greenpenquills. I am pretty confident with two of the three stories I will be sending out, and I will be finishing the third this weekend, but I will be neurotically tweaking until the last moment. I have received letters of recommendation from two of the three people I asked (the third I'm hoping to get tomorrow, but he's very forgetful, so we'll see). I have one application packet totally completed except for the finalized writing sample. Once I'm finished with that, I will send my application off to UFlorida, my top choice. I have to admit, their application process is very simple - two recs, no SOP, two short stories, GRE, transcripts, application. Kudos, UF. I plan on having close to half of my applications sent by the end of this week (I'm a teacher, so I have the whole week off ;) )
Re: [greenpenquills] Choosing an MFA Program (2009) & (2010)
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Greenpenquills - what helped me get over the stress of the GRE/GPA/SOP was reminding myself that so much of the process is based on the writing sample. I'm not using the SOP to be cute, witty, or clever, I'm using it to answer their questions directly and honestly. Someone correct if I'm wrong, but as long as your grammar is correct, you answer honestly, and follow the directions, I think you'll be fine.
I have to also say that this process has been so beneficial to me. My writing has improved dramatically in the last six months, and all because I had to get serious. I read more over the summer than I usually do, and I realized how much reading effects your writing. I had my short stories workshopped over and over and actually stuck with them instead of giving up on them like I sometimes do. I'm putting a lot of money into this, so I want it to be fruitful. Although I'm prepared for not getting accepted into any program, I really want to get into at least one! If I don't though, this past year will have been a huge sucess for me, writing-wise, and all because of applying to programs.