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spiderland


Apr 1, 2011, 1:34 PM

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Re: [lou27] Bennington [In reply to] Can't Post

Lou, congrats! I'm at Bennington and will finish up my term in June. Feel free to PM me with any questions you might have.


jillkoren
Jill Koren

Apr 5, 2011, 9:48 PM

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Hello! Just wanted to say that I am currently teaching a writing course online with my Spalding MFA. I applied for a full time position last fall and had a very good response from the interviewers (though I didn't end up getting the job due to a weird twist of fate, but it actually worked out for the best because I was hoping to stay home with my daughter for one more year (she just turned two). My husband was vying for the stay-at-home parent job.). Whew! That was a crazy sentence.

Anyway, I loved Spalding. I studied CNF and poetry and just received word that my poetry chapbook will be published by Finishing Line Press. So I am celebrating! I loved my mentors at Spalding as well as my fellow writers and all the staff too. I still keep in touch with many of them and attend as many of the residency events as possible as an alum (I live an hour away from the campus). Louisville is a great town. Big enough to have cultural opportunities but small enough to be navigable and homey.

I'd love to answer any questions that occur to you as go along. Best of luck to you!

Cheers,
jk


jillkoren
Jill Koren

Apr 5, 2011, 9:52 PM

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Yes, welcome from me, too. I am a Spring 2008 grad in poetry and CNF, so if you have any questions for me, I'd be glad to answer them.

Cheers,
jk


JessieB


Apr 7, 2011, 12:51 PM

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I have questions for both Bennington and Spalding. They're both on my list, but I'm wondering about what people thought of Bennington. I got their literature the other day and saw they require a ton of reading, which is great for me because that's how I learn to write. But the literature also left me feeling like the program was a little cold. The website does the same.

As for Spalding, I wonder about the literary journal. Does everyone work on that? Or only people who want to? Do you feel like that experience helped you at all in terms of writing and/or the job market? What would you say is the best thing about Spalding? And kudos to you with the two year old--mine is turning two in July and by next July her father and I will (hopefully) both be enrolled in graduate programs (him for an MBA, me for my MFA). It's going to be a challenge with the little one. I'd love to hear how you made it through!


coreo


Apr 13, 2011, 6:19 PM

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Has anyone who applied to Bennington gotten a rejection letter from them yet? They are the only school I haven't heard from and, while I'm assuming it's not good news, I'd like to know!

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jillkoren
Jill Koren

Apr 18, 2011, 6:20 AM

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I have questions for both Bennington and Spalding. They're both on my list, but I'm wondering about what people thought of Bennington. I got their literature the other day and saw they require a ton of reading, which is great for me because that's how I learn to write. But the literature also left me feeling like the program was a little cold. The website does the same.

As for Spalding, I wonder about the literary journal. Does everyone work on that? Or only people who want to? Do you feel like that experience helped you at all in terms of writing and/or the job market? What would you say is the best thing about Spalding? And kudos to you with the two year old--mine is turning two in July and by next July her father and I will (hopefully) both be enrolled in graduate programs (him for an MBA, me for my MFA). It's going to be a challenge with the little one. I'd love to hear how you made it through!

Reply: Everyone is required to work on the literary journal. At each residency all students are required to read a certain number of submissions (it was ten while I was there, but I think it may have been lowered since). If you wish to do work beyond that, you may apply to be an assistant editor (I'm not sure what the exact title is) while you are in the program. A friend of mine did that and was pleased with her experience. As for me, I only did the required residency readings, but I found it to be extremely valuable. It put me on the other side; I was able to read as an editor reads, and I learned a lot about what makes a piece stand out. The biggest element that affected my reaction to the piece was surprise. There had to be something new, something unpredictable, that the writer learned and thus shared with the reader. Otherwise, the piece fell flat. I learned many other things as well, such as what kinds of cover letters are appropriate, what formatting looks professional, etc. But the element of surprise (maybe you would call it insight or revelation) has stayed with me as a part of my writing process.

The best thing about Spalding? That is hard to answer! There were so many things that I loved about the program and the people. Maybe that is the easiest answer: the people. It was so wonderful to be surrounded by writers. And of course there were several people with whom I felt very connected and continue to stay in touch.

Other things I valued: the cross genre approach, the interrelatedness of the arts, the mentor experience (Nancy McCabe, Greg Pape, Molly Peacock), student readings every night, the visitors (W. S. Merwin, Lemony Snicket, Heather Raffo to name a few), the writing I accomplished while I was there.

As for "making it through," I was lucky enough to have a great deal of family support. Spalding was also very supportive and encouraging. My dad once asked me, "How do you get it done?" And I told him that I always felt drawn to the work, so getting it done was not a problem. The challenge was not ignoring other important things. I could always work on my writing. That's the easy part. I am sure you will find a way. But feel free to message me if you have specific questions.

Best,
jk



JessieB


Apr 18, 2011, 7:58 AM

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Wow, thanks for the great feedback JK, the more I look at programs, the more I really like Spalding. It presents some great opportunities other schools don't, and I REALLY like the importance they place on other arts. Thanks again!


jillkoren
Jill Koren

Apr 18, 2011, 8:33 AM

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Yes! Some of my favorite interrelatedness of the arts activities: a walking field trip to 21c gallery, a flamenco dance/music group, and an improv group (follow up was to take turns improvising parts of each other's writing as a revision exercise).

I feel that Spalding is also always thinking about ways to improve. They are very welcoming to student and faculty feedback, hence the addition of the summers abroad. In response to the question, "What could make Spalding's residency better?" poet Richard Cecil blurted out, "Have it in Paris!" The directors said, "Why not?" So that's the pervasive spirit.


lmorris


Apr 18, 2011, 1:04 PM

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I guess you're right. They must be open to feedback, because they're having summer residency in Paris next year!


ahanridge


Apr 19, 2011, 5:47 PM

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I just wanted to add an "Yep, me too!" to basically everything Jill wrote here. {Hi Jill!} And I also wanted to encourage folks to check out Spalding's Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/SpaldingMFA . I actually just listened to a wonderful podcast from yesterday's Wisconsin Public Radio with Spalding's faculty member, Molly Peacock (whom Jill just mentioned enjoying working with), and I put a link to that podcast on the Spalding MFA wall. It's an enjoyable podcast that folks considering Spalding might want to hear.

Best,

Amy in AZ


esylvia
Elizabeth Sylvia

Apr 20, 2011, 12:19 PM

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Hello all,

I'm beginning to look at low-res programs and planning to apply for June '12 residencies. I've been compiling a list of programs that allow students to work through 4 semesters over a longer period with summer residencies only. (I'm a high school teacher and I'm pretty sure that I won't be approved to miss 6 days of classes for a winter residency.)

So far my list has:

Ashland University
Converse College
Eastern Kentucky
Murray State
New England College
Pacific Lutheran
Lesley
Spalding

I've read many great things about Spalding on this thread, though tbh I'd rather not have the extra cost of an international residency. Does anyone out there have anything to say about the other programs? Or know of any I should add to my list?

Thanks!


pongo
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Apr 20, 2011, 12:33 PM

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I believe that if you explain your situation to the folks at Goddard they will deal with it. (They did such things fifteen years ago, at any rate.)


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JessieB


Apr 20, 2011, 2:20 PM

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Thanks all, I really appreciate all the feedback on Spalding. They have moved from my "maybe" list to my "definitely" list, although I'd have to buy stock in Xanax to make it across the pond for summer residencies--Xanax and tiny bottles of vodka.


esylvia
Elizabeth Sylvia

Apr 20, 2011, 9:41 PM

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Thanks, Pongo. I'm a bit "meh" on Goddard because of the teaching practicum. I already have a (soul-deadening) MAT and years of teaching experience. I'd rather put my tuition dollars towards writing.


sarahminnies
sarah minnies

Apr 24, 2011, 2:58 AM

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Does anyone have any info on the University of California, Riverside's low residency? I see their ad every month in the magazine and I'm starting to get ready to apply for fall to some places for fiction and want to stay on the west coast, but haven't heard any one talking about that one in particular here as I've lurked...


crm270
Candi Murphy

May 22, 2011, 3:10 AM

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Hi there,I'm new to this. As I've read through some of these post, I've noticed a trend as to the schools that most are applying to. It seems that Vermont, WW, Goddard, (and many others) are the preferred choices for applying to.Well, I applied to two schools, Wilkes and SNHU, just on a whim, to see what would happen. I know it's the school that no one else seems to have even applied to, but none the less, I got in. I'm assuming that these schools will accept mostly anyone, (they accepted me, heh! heh!) Anyway, I'm wondering if anyone else out there has attended either one of these schools, and if so, any comments. I'm still contemplating the whole, going for an MFA thing. I never even thought it was a possibility for me, but since I got accepted into both programs that I applied to, now it's in my head, (constantly) with the should I, shouldn't I. Any thoughts? I want to do this. Thanks.


creolequeen09
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Jun 17, 2011, 4:51 PM

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Re: [pongo] Looking for Grads & Students of Low-Residency MFAs [In reply to] Can't Post

I graduated from Antioch University Los Angeles December 2009. I enjoyed the program tremendously. If I were looking to apply to a Low Residency MFA Program, I would definitely consider Antioch. Some of the high points include an excellent writer's community, excellent mentors, a diverse group of speakers and workshop leaders, awesome diversity, and a program that is very well structured and also is headed by strong writers. I particularly gained a lot from working with various mentors and incorporating their critique of my work into my creative process. I had the opportunity to work with Alma Luz Villanueva, Alistair McCartney, Tananarive Due, and Sharman Apt Russell. Then there were the work shop leaders which were equally impressive.

Once I entered the program as a fiction major, I chose to genre jump with 3 semesters focused on fiction and one semester on creative non-fiction. Wow did I miss my fiction. But it resulted in a fabulous balance for what I am working towards in terms of my projects in progress. Of course the work is demanding but you've been to college so you know the drill. The great thing is this is something you crave and love and that is writing. You have to want it to do it right? Of course that doesn't make it any easier but it is what you aspire to do. Also, one of the most enriching processes from the program was the variety of books read and the daily readings the end of the day by students and guests at the residencies.

Now, if you are standing by for a low point I suppose mine is not very low. I can't say this is a negative but the only thing I would have rather not done was the required paper. Now the upside to that is you have the opportunity to really test yourself in terms of writing mechanics. Would I do it again? Yes, in a heart beat. Actually I really wish I could. I miss it and it played a major role in the development of my life as a writer and the way I think with regard to my approach to my work.

Okay so now I have the MFA on paper. That's great but the people connections, the reading, the writing, the relationships, the observations of watching, sharing and listening to other writer's bare their souls and read their work is what I will never forget. It was within that coming together as writers where for me it really became real. One final note, if you come to LA you also have the opportunity to really people watch. Just imagine how many new characters you will build while sitting outside with the campus squirrel, which is domesticated and they ask that you not feed it please, while have a fabulous opportunity to people watch. Hmm is that a dangling participle. Good luck to you all where ever you end up. No matter where you get accepted you will write anyway. And if you don't get accepted the first time around just know the wait list in all of these programs is a wonderful thing. Now, off I go.


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maybemd


Aug 4, 2011, 1:10 PM

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Thank you! I had already assumed I hadn't gotten it, so it was a nice surprise.
My first residency is in June, and I would be happy to post about it afterwards!



So Lou, do tell! How did your first residency go?


jdelarm
Jeanne DeLarm-Neri

Aug 12, 2011, 9:56 PM

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My take on Fairfield University's low-residency MFA; this program is new-- just graduated the second class. I only applied to Fairfield, foregoing other MFA programs, because of the reputation in Connecticut of the university, and because I wanted a Connecticut school with my state's particular mind-set, and because of the guest writers for the residencies. The residency ten days take place on Enders Island, right off of Mystic. Hard to imagine a more physically beautiful place. We students are supportive of each other and have close ties with the faculty. I have a split concentration in fiction and poetry, and am completing my thesis integrating both. The high quality of the student writing and the faculty's guidance make this a life-turning experience for me. I give Fairfield's low-residency MFA an A.


elissa
Elissa Field


Aug 12, 2011, 10:35 PM

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Thanks for sharing this, Jeanne. My parents live in a 200+ yr old house on the green in Fairfield, and I know the university's strong reputation, overall, so had been curious about its MFA program -- it's great to hear an inside perspective.


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PeteCT


Sep 2, 2011, 2:34 PM

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Anyone else out there have apps in for winter residency? I've applied to VCFA, WW, Bennington, and Pacific. This is going to be a long month.

(This post was edited by PeteCT on Sep 2, 2011, 2:35 PM)


PeteCT


Sep 5, 2011, 8:16 PM

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So, just me then?


snaggletooth


Sep 12, 2011, 12:21 PM

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So, just me then?


Well, there are at least two of us -- good odds. :) I have applications in to the same list as you, minus VCFA. I applied for fiction, how bout you?


jreneecummins


Sep 12, 2011, 4:47 PM

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Count me in! Waiting to hear from WW...fingers crossed!J


PeteCT


Sep 12, 2011, 5:10 PM

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Life on the P&W board! I was afraid this 9,000 post thread had died.
Yes, I've applied for fiction. I've been accepted at Pacific, and got a no from VCFA. Still waiting on WW and Bennington. Have either of you heard from anyplace yet?

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