Jun 23, 2010, 3:41 PM
Post #883 of 1018
I second what elissa says. I never actually applied to the MFA program I attended, so I can't speak to the experience of application. Take what you will with a grain of salt:
Re: [greenpenquills] Choosing an MFA Program (2009) (2010) (2011)
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Can I ask what programs you applied to? That might shed some light onto things. Also, even though I will be mercilessly mocked for saying this (I am a big fan of only applying to the few programs you would consider attending and if you don't get in, you don't get in...), but I know gals and guys who attended Arizona, the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program, or The New School who applied to 7 or 8 schools--UNC-Wilmington, Arizona, Iowa, Montana, The New School, Columbia, Hollins?, and others. But if you're not in a hurry (and I don't see how you would being 22) you might want to just go live a little. Perspective is everything.
I know someone who did a CNF MFA and is really a poet, secretly. CNF and poetry go well together. But I wouldn't switch genres just because you're hoping to get in somewhere. I'm pretty sure it's still easier to get into a CNF program vs a poetry program of similar rank.
The other thing to consider maybe is a low-res MFA. Not sure if you're into that, but I know someone who went to Warren Wilson when she was right out of college, did the low residency thing there, and emerged with a poetry MFA. She said it can be isolating though if you don't feel like you mesh well with your professors, but I suppose that's probably also true of residency MFA programs. Overall she said she had an amazing experience and she really learned to write.