Aug 28, 2008, 3:25 PM
Post #137 of 1018
Holy crap, Seth, you're the man. Thanks for all the helpful information (and indeed from all who have posted in this thread), I'll throw my own hat in the ring here. I am planning on applying for poetry. Like possumholler earlier, I am specifically hopeful to teach creative writing classes specifically. Two schools that I know I'm applying to largely because of this are UNC- Wilmington and Indiana. Funding is also very important, or, at least a few available full funding packages, doesn't have to be full for everyone, I figure if I'm arrogant enough to apply for one of the 4 poetry slots at Cornell, why not set my sights high. At the same time, there's a wild card bonus for larger programs, because I'm applying with another writer to most of the schools, and a larger program seems to have a slightly more likely for us both to get into. Any publication/publishing experience would be great, I've worked on a few lit mags and would like to do it again. I am also (and very importantly) hoping to go to a program that will look good to a future university's hiring committee. Location is slightly important, West coast or southwest, but not the most important factor by any measure. I've been doing research, but it's slow going, and I know there are a ton of programs that I don't know the slightest thing about. Here's my at the moment list:
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a few programs have frequently fluctuated on and off my list, mostly because I don't know much about their program,or perhaps I'm imagining in my head that the progam may not be as "reputable" when it comes to future job hunts (which I think I can shape my list by, as I have perfect faith that all of these programs will provide an excellent learning environment): UCR, UA, USC (MPW- does anyone know if this flies close enough to an MFA to teach writing? This would be my sole fiction app, and their "connections" are what really intrigue me here. I definitely have some long fiction in me), UF, Wichita (I love Goldbarth), Oregon (I like the area), New School, Bowling Green, UV (Viva Hicok!), Michigan... and a dozen others, but I'm trying to keep my application pool to around ten. I also love the idea of Cornell's linked PhD program which I would be applying for, so if any other schools have something similar (and conversely, would going to a school's MFA worsen my chances at getting accepted for their PhD program, writing or otherwise).
Oh, and does anyone know anything about the UCSD program? I know I wasn't impressed with the SDSU funding options, but I'm assuming UCSD will be more experimental... not that I'm averse to experimentation, but it's just not what I'm looking for. Thanks again for providing so much helpful information for us lurkers.