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yeahyeahyeah


Feb 18, 2009, 11:38 PM

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congrats on u of i! i'm from illinois. urbana's a great little town--and the university's a fantastic place to study/live. (i didn't go there, but tons of my friends did & i've spent good time in that area.) i would recommend urbana to anyone.


I'm going to kind of disagree, respectfully. I've stayed there several times and it's a pretty typical college town in the boonies. The campus is beautiful, but the surrounding area is somewhat boring. That being said, a lot of programs are like this, but all of them have the potential to grow on you.


IrisAnn

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Feb 19, 2009, 12:23 PM

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does anyone know anything about the MFA program at the University of Kansas @ Lawrence.... i don't know much about it, but i got accepted as a poet. i'm grateful for it, but i know nothing of the program. i am planning a campus visit, but does anyone know anything, by word-of-mouth or experience?

i am still waiting for many other notifications. and praying.

thanks.


reality writes


Feb 19, 2009, 12:39 PM

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CONGRATS! i need to reply to your email about UNCG - sorry, will do that!


bighark


Feb 19, 2009, 12:44 PM

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Congratulations.

I don't know much about the program either apart from Deb Olin Unferth being on the faculty there. Having up-and-coming writers on the faculty is, I think, a very good sign.


GDClark
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Feb 19, 2009, 2:47 PM

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In for the creative PhD at USC (poetry; via phone call).


deevaunt


Feb 19, 2009, 4:45 PM

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congrats!


yeahyeahyeah


Feb 19, 2009, 4:58 PM

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Congratulations.

I don't know much about the program either apart from Deb Olin Unferth being on the faculty there. Having up-and-coming writers on the faculty is, I think, a very good sign.

This is actually Unferth's last semester there. But just from word of mouth, it sounds like a decent program. I think everyone is funded and everyone teaches.


libbyagain


Feb 19, 2009, 6:01 PM

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I was raised in C-U, and HATED that, for all the reasons you mention. Boonies: For Sure. But, then I went back for an English MA and LOVED it. The University is terrific. The LIBRARY. OMG. It's a fabulous place for the life of the mind, and for sticking with one's confrere's, and . . . if one can, one really should zoom around and see all the little cemeteries in the surrounding Prairie, and wind up with a burger at Steak 'n' Shake, and tip with wild abandon (I used to work there) and just. . . enjoy the gown, and help the town as one can, and appreciate the brains-in-bottles mentalities of the U. types.

Urbana's got a lot to offer. Don't live in Champaign, if at ALL possible. . .


sara e.g.


Feb 19, 2009, 6:27 PM

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Thanks for the info on C-U everyone. I have no fear of the boonies, and am actually quite anxious to get back to them after a four year hiatus. I've been reading about the area on citydata.com and it seems Urbana is the place to live as a grad student or professional, right? I figure I could get by on bike, as I currently do, but I'm assuming a car would be useful in the area, particularly if i wanted to explore outside the college area?

I'm looking to go and visit sometime in March. Any places I must check out? What areas would you recommend to live in? Should I rent a car when I visit? FYI, I refuse to live in an apartment complex or anything with a pool and common areas and carpet makes me ill. I'm thinking cute little houses with hardwood floors and porches? Yes?


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forthedogs


Feb 19, 2009, 8:54 PM

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Sorry to reply to you specifically, Sara. I don't mean to highjack your discussion. I just wanted to say a big congrats to all acceptances so far and fingers crossed for those still waiting. I remember last year at this time very well. I can't believe it's even been a year, really. Anyway, I'm a current first year at UMass, Amherst and would love to offer my "expertise" on all things UMass. So if any of you have gotten in here (I think I saw a couple acceptances posted), or want to know about choosing a program, feel free to PM me or post here or try to psychically contact me or whatever. This board was a big help to me in the applications and waiting processes. I know I certainly had a lot of questions, so feel free to ask away.

J


Josh Diamond


Feb 20, 2009, 1:56 AM

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I'm not sure how many people apply to the Rutgers-Camden MFA, but I just received notice by email of my pending acceptance.


Khalilah


Feb 20, 2009, 8:59 AM

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Congratulations Josh!


Audreyhurston


Feb 20, 2009, 9:49 AM

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Dear Everybody who has been accepted by multiple schools,

I guess I'm writing this to try to get an understanding of why my status is what it is currently -- which is waiting... Could you writers tell us a bit about your background like...

what genre are you in?
which schools were you accepted to?
how long have you been workshopping/writing seriously?
Are you published?
What did you do to prepare your pieces for your applications?
Were you an active part of the writers' networking communities/did you meet influential people at the schools before the apps?


Thanks


unsaid78


Feb 20, 2009, 10:37 AM

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Hey Audrey,

Thanks for giving me something to do besides whining lol. Here's answers to your questions, hopefully, others will ring in. It's still early so there will be many more people with multiple acceptances soon!

what genre are you in? Poetry

which schools were you accepted to? Alabama, Indiana, Southern Illinois-Carbondale (but apparently Michigan hates me lol)

how long have you been workshopping/writing seriously? workshopping seriously since May 2007. I always thought I was writing seriously, but I realized in May of '07 (when I went back to school) that I sucked and my writing changed completely at this point.

Are you published? Yes. In one national undergrad journal and in one journal of narrative poetry. Eleven rejections before my first acceptance.

What did you do to prepare your pieces for your applications? Workshopped them to death and submitted them like crazy. All but one piece had been workshopped. I spent time in my poetry professor and TA's office hours after I reworked the poems based on class recommendations. Also, I started sending them out for publication. When they were rejected, it opened my eyes wider to revising them. I even got great feedback from one editor who rejected me. He basically workshopped my piece and provided pages of feedback!

Were you an active part of the writers' networking communities/did you meet influential people at the schools before the apps? I only met professors from one of the schools (SIUC) I was accepted to. My poetry professor introduced me as the girl who wrote a great paper about one of them lol. Then they gave a publishing workshop at my school and I was the only undergrad who attended. I asked questions, and I was happy that they said my name each time they answered or addressed me, so I felt like they would remember me. They rejected my pieces when I submitted to their journal though lol. I'm not saying the personal interaction had anything to do with it, but I had a good feeling about my chances based on it. .



www.mfachronicles.blogspot.com - Follow us as we begin our 1st years in MFA programs!


Audreyhurston


Feb 20, 2009, 10:45 AM

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Wow! Okay. Thank you for sharing with us.


lavventura


Feb 20, 2009, 11:04 AM

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I was accepted at Washington University for poetry. Very happy.


eet2


Feb 20, 2009, 11:08 AM

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I'll play!


what genre are you in? Nonfiction

which schools were you accepted to? UNCW and Wyoming, waiting to hear from 9 others.

how long have you been workshopping/writing seriously? 5ish years, on and off. My undergrad degree was in NF writing, but I dabbled in fiction and journalism first, before deciding on a happy medium between the two. It's hard for me to write everyday, I'm pretty sporadic, but it works out - my best stuff comes out under pressure. As an undergrad, I would often be working on an essay mere hours before it was due in class. I'm the same way with revisions. I know most people write much more often, and advocate X hours per day, but that has never worked for me. I believe everyone is different, so I roll with the on/off nature of my ability to sit and write for hours.

Are you published? Not yet.

What did you do to prepare your pieces for your applications? One piece was a 12-page lyric essay that had been workshopped for a year, and I made a few minor edits to that. The other was brand new, and I did most of the writing/revising nonstop in the week before I sent out my applications.

Were you an active part of the writers' networking communities/did you meet influential people at the schools before the apps? No, all of the programs I applied to are far away and I haven't visited any of them.


eet2


Feb 20, 2009, 11:10 AM

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Big congratulations lavventura!! It's Friday, go celebrate :-)


unsaid78


Feb 20, 2009, 11:29 AM

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Woo hoo lavventura!! Congrats on another great acceptance!!


www.mfachronicles.blogspot.com - Follow us as we begin our 1st years in MFA programs!


edfeasley


Feb 20, 2009, 11:46 AM

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congratulations, lavventura! how were you notified?


Audreyhurston


Feb 20, 2009, 1:04 PM

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Congratulations! Phenomenal school.


jamie_mu


Feb 20, 2009, 1:09 PM

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Audrey: Remember it is still super early. Who knows what will happen.

I have been accepted to the poetry programs at Hopkins, Michigan, and Amherst. Still waiting for Cornell, Iowa, Irvine (I got my FAFSA!).

I have been writing for about three years. I took workshops at a community college then at a university. The writers I have worked with are not super famous but I think they are known amongst the poetry community and have won various awards. That said, two of my letter writers were teachers at the jr college and are not considered "published writers" but rather are just teachers.

One special note, I believe my writing sample (its content) was somewhat unique, so that might have given me the edge over other undergrad applicants (I am an undergrad right now). I spent some time overseas and that is what I primarily write about. I'm not trying to say that you have to join the peace corps or become an astronaut to get in to an MFA, nor am I saying those who were not accepted lead boring lives so their ms is boring. But if the adcom reads 100 writing samples all about college love, or getting high and riding the subway, that one ms that is different in its topic will stand out.

Good luck. Keep writing. Keep reading.


found


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Feb 20, 2009, 1:11 PM

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Congrats Josh and lavventura, and any other new admits I missed!


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corkeyb33


Feb 20, 2009, 1:17 PM

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I'll play too...

I've been accepted to Purdue so far (looks like Michigan and Amherst don't want me... but Purdue's my top choice).

I've been in writing workshops for about four years now. I started at my undergrad, and have taken some community workshops. I've been sooo lucky to work with some amazing poets. Mary Szybist teaches at my undergrad, and has been a great mentor.

I haven't been published anywhere... I haven't really spent any time submitting... I thought I'd try to get in to an mfa program first!

And I haven't corresponded with any of the professors at programs before this process, although my undergrad profs do know a lot of them.

Congrats to all accepted! And I feel for all those still waiting.

Laventura, I'm also curious of how you were notified by Washington U?


ka2009


Feb 20, 2009, 5:46 PM

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I was just accepted to Wash U for Fiction. Are there any other aceptees out there? Would anyone like to trade stories? So far I have also been accepted to Alabama. Does anyone have any advice? I know very little about Wash U's program. Does anyone know how big it is?

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