Rhonda Browning White
Jan 27, 2012, 10:42 AM
Post #2423 of 2587
I'm a second-semester MFA student at Converse College. I researched programs for nearly three years (Thanks for your help, Lori May and Tom Kealey!), and Converse kept returning to my top-three list. Though I was accepted to all three programs on that list, Converse was my top choice, and I know without a doubt that it was the right choice. The professors there are encouraging, tough, helpful and honest in their critique. Even though I had been working as a writer for several years, I saw dramatic improvement in my writing (and thinking) skills in only one semester at Converse. Both during and after the workshops and lectures, the faculty are available for both serious writing help and general conversation--things important to help new writer grow in her networking skills. Likewise, during the semester the professors are always available to offer guidance in writing, in career advice and to answer questions about the course and assignments. Dr. Rick Mulkey, the MFA program director, is equally available and helpful, which is something I didn't find in some of the programs I contacted. (Note: If the program director can't make time for you before you've enrolled, he won't make time for you once you're a student, either).
Re: [ncmiller] Converse College Low-Res MFA
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The brief residencies are intense, inspirational and packed full of amazing seminars, lectures and workshops. My cohorts at Converse quickly became like family to me, and I'm in touch with members of my workshop group several times each week on an informal basis. They are a constant source of encouragement to me!
If you're looking for a low-res program, be sure to check out this one. It'll be the one to which you'll compare all others (and likely the one you'll choose)! Hope to see you next semester!