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karinr
Karin Rosman


Nov 25, 2013, 8:43 PM

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I really like my MFA low residency program, Rainier Writing Workshop. Their faculty is excellent, I'd say particularly so in nonfiction but fiction and poetry are just as strong. Last year's nonfiction cohort gave remarkable readings, so much so that I'm worried about what I'll read from my thesis. They meet once a year over a three year program, which is beneficial for those with careers and want to save some vacation time for family.


koxxy


Nov 25, 2013, 9:12 PM

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Hi Magda: I'm planning to apply to WW, VCFA and Bennington, so I can definitely commiserate on the application and post application process with you! It feels quite overwhelming (but exciting!) at the moment. Kate


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I plan on applying to Warren Wilson, Bennington, and Goddard. I'm definitely all about WW, the latter two I keep thinking and rethinking about, though I've heard nothing but wonderful things about both. Is there anyone else out there who can commiserate on the application and post-application process? Just reading through the past posts on this board has been tremendously helpful, but it would be great to have a fellow writer who's in the thick of it and/or equally on pins & needles (but super excited!) about all of this.



magda.peace
Magda Peace

Nov 26, 2013, 4:16 PM

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Hi Kate! Looks like we're applying to the same programs.

I know, the excitement of it-- it's strange, right? I have so much work ahead of me--revising my samples, figuring out the critical work (I have no idea what work I'm going to write about yet), writing personal statements. But I'm ridiculously elated about all of it. To say nothing of the workload of, you know, actually being in a program. If I'm admitted.

Do you have an academic or professional background in writing, or have you been undertaking it on your own? Also, what genre(s) are you applying into? Have you started getting your materials together? Will the questions ever cease...?


AlisonW
Alison Wellford

Nov 27, 2013, 6:41 AM

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Hi everyone,
I wanted to let people know that there's a low-residency MFA happening in Barcelona, Spain this summer 2014 (the program rotates between Dublin, Barcelona and Vienna every summer). I highly recommend it for anyone who loves to write, to travel, to experience new things, as well as work with award winning writers (National Book Award winner, MacArthur fellow, etc.).
Application deadline for the spring semester is December 2nd, 2013 and for the residency and summer/fall semester the deadline is March 3rd. I helped on the Dublin residency; it was packed with inspiring stuff!
http://mfa.cedarcrest.edu

Also, there's a facebook page with photos from last summer's residency in Dublin. Have a look!
https://www.facebook.com/mfacedarcrest


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Kyla_S
Kyla Steinkraus

Dec 19, 2013, 11:51 PM

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Hi,
This is my first post so I apologize if I did it incorrectly. I've just read through every message on this thread. Great information. I'm preparing my application packets for several schools, and I was hoping we could revive this thread again for 2014. What schools are you applying to? Anyone working on submissions right now? I have a January 1st deadline for UNO, so I am trying to get everything finished up in the next couple of days for that school, and then the rest in January after Christmas.
I need either quite a bit of financial aid or the ability to attend on a less-than full time basis, stretching out the course load and tuition costs over three years or so, instead of two. For these reasons plus others such as faculty, location, reputation, ect., I currently have these schools on my list to apply to:
-Warren Wilson (appears to have significant need-based aid if you can get accepted)
-UNO (charged the "in-state" tuition rate if your undergrad GPA was high enough)
-Spalding (9 month semester options, can take 2 to 4 years, plus I've heard rumors of some financial aid available, plus strong faculty and many rave reviews on PW)
-Pacific Lutheran's Ranier Workshop (3 year program, 15 hours a week instead of the 25-30 required hours of many programs, strong faculty, good reputation)
-Leslie (administration very friendly and open to taking fewer credits per semester, and seems to have a fairly strong reputation)
-Eastern Kentucky University (flexible with part-time options, ability to start with an online semester without attending a residency first, a plus with my crazy summer schedule)
Not sure about the strength and reputation of the following schools' programs, as it was hard to find much information. However, these seemed to have significant need-based aid and/or assistant-ships available:
-New England College (claims some students get full funding)
-Murray State University
-Western Connecticut University

I am very open to any other suggestions! Also, I would love to chat with anyone trying to decide on schools/getting applications together. My family loves me but they can't really understand how stressful it is.


GiseleF


Dec 20, 2013, 10:27 PM

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Hi guys! To those of you considering which schools/programs to apply, please take a moment to learn more about Queens University of Charlotte MFA - Latin America. We're now gearing up for our first residency in Buenos Aires this coming July. Our Latin America MFA will rotate among three cities - Buenos Aires, Rio and Santiago (Chile). A wonderful opportunity to study with award winning and best-selling writers while also gaining a deeper understanding of the local culture.
For more info: http://www.queens.edu/Academics-and-Schools/Schools-and-Colleges/College-of-Arts-and-Sciences/Academic-Departments/MFA---Creative-Writing-Program/Creative-Writing---Latin-America.html
Thanks, and best of luck with your writing!


LMC


Dec 26, 2013, 4:45 PM

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Hi there. I am currently in the program at Bennington, dual-degree fiction, with a nonfiction minor. If anyone has any Bennington-specific questions, I'd be happy to do my best to answer them. I will say this, since I have seen it misstated several times: we do not write lit crit, nor does any MFA in Writing program, so far as I have heard. The annotations we do are about issues of craft. There are plenty of people in the program who have Lit degrees, some are even Literature profs, and the written work is not redundant. The reading lists are works that inform our writing, looking at those writers strategies re: topics specific to each student. There is no cannon. I have found the reading tremendously helpful and love the program. Anyhow. Like I said, if anyone has questions, I'm here. Except January 7-20, which is residency. Good luck to everyone applying, to Bennington and elsewhere!

(This post was edited by LMC on Dec 26, 2013, 4:47 PM)


dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Dec 27, 2013, 11:03 AM

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I think some full-res programs have people taking Lit classes as electives and doing crit as part of that coursework. I find in my own craft essays that I verge a bit into crit-type stuff, in part, no doubt, because of my B.A. in English (plus I love literary theory). I have found on occasion that some crit can be helpful for increasing understanding of craft. Brian Richardson's Unnatural Voices, James Phelan's Living to Tell About It and Meir Sternberg's Expositional Modes and Temporal Ordering in Fiction were three books that I found especially helpful on that front.

-dh


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pongo
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Dec 27, 2013, 11:16 AM

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I don't know about any other program, but Goddard demands two short (5-page) critical papers and one long (20-page) one, as a minimum requirement for graduation. That's aside from the steady flow of craft annotations.


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dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Dec 27, 2013, 12:07 PM

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A third-term essay is generally a requirement for most low-res programs that follow the Warren Wilson model (which is nearly all of them). There's a fuzzy line between a critical essay and a craft essay and I noticed that Bennington describes their third-term essay as a "critical essay" as does my program (University of Tampa) although in the preparatory seminar for the third-term students it was called a "craft essay". My own essay straddled the two (perhaps a bit uncomfortably at times).

The models I've seen for low-res MFA programs are:
1. Warren Wilson: Five residencies with four working terms between the residencies. The third term includes an extensive critical/craft essay, all terms involve writing and annotations, the fourth term is dedicated to the MFA thesis and the fifth residency has the student teaching a seminar. Each term is considered to be equivalent to 12 graduate credit hours. This is nearly all low-res programs.
2. Modified Warren Wilson: Pretty much as above, but with a different schedule, such as a single month-long residency in the summer.
3. (I forget whose program works this way): Module-based. The year is divided into two-month modules and students dedicate themselves to something more akin to a full-res grad class in each of these chunks. They may have dedicate two months to writing for one of these modules, then criticism for another then have a residency cover the next, etc. There may be only one university doing this, maybe two.

-dh


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LMC


Dec 27, 2013, 8:25 PM

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A critical essay, at least in our case, means an academic, research-backed essay, with a thesis. It can be and often is about craft, although they can be surveys, analysis of a single writer or story or a number of other things. Re: Pongo, above, we do between 12-15 annotations per term, which are to be about craft topics in the readings (25 books per term). Then there are two 10-page papers one in each of the first two terms, which generally speaking, are critical essays, and a 20-pager the third, which must be a critical essay with a bibliography. Each term has five sections, so there are 20 manuscript packets over the course of the program. The final term is about writing the lecture as well as finalizing and submitting the creative thesis. I think that most low-res programs are along the same lines, maybe just re-ordering things or, as Goddard does, substituting the teaching component for some writing (or so says a friend of mine who is there), which is a nice option. As I am dual-degree, I have an extra 10-pager, 30 extra annotations, five to ten additional manuscript packets and my creative thesis is actually two. But only one lecture and one 20-pager (yay!) oh, and 50 extra books.Anyhow. What I was trying to dispel was this idea that we were sitting around identifying the protagonist and figuring the meaning of edam cheese in All Quiet on the Western Front and such. (There were comments way-back that said things along these lines)Re: dahosek: I am sure that different things can go on in a full res program, but as this is a low-res forum, I figured that the assumption would be that I was talking about low-res. Sorry if I was unclear.


LMC


Dec 27, 2013, 8:29 PM

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But really, it's all about the writing. I was just trying to make myself available to answer Bennington-specific questions.


Kyla_S
Kyla Steinkraus

Dec 29, 2013, 5:28 PM

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dahosek,
Thanks for the book recommendations for the craft essays. I will check them out. How are you liking your time at University of Tampa? I am actually only 30 minutes from the campus. It is a newer program, so I haven't been able to find much feedback on it.
-Kyla


karinr
Karin Rosman


Dec 29, 2013, 5:44 PM

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I'm in my third year at Rainier Writing Workshop at PLU and am glad to see the school on your list. I wouldn't mind having another year or two to work with a couple more faculty members there. I don't think there is a single member that isn't interested in improving your writing. I'd write a longer love letter about the program, but I need to get back to my critical thesis. Good luck wherever you go!


dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Dec 29, 2013, 6:10 PM

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I've been pretty happy with the program. I wish it were longer as there are more than a few faculty who I'd've liked to have worked with but won't get the chance courtesy of the program only being two years long. Since you're relatively local, you might want to visit the evening readings which are open to the public. The residency starts on Friday & this would be a good opportunity to meet people in the program and talk to them in person. Here's the schedule for the readings:http://www.ut.edu/mfacw/lectores/
Also, I've blogged each residency I've attended. You can read about my experiences here:http://www.dahosek.com/category/mfa/
-dh


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Kyla_S
Kyla Steinkraus

Jan 1, 2014, 6:22 PM

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Hey dahosek,
Thanks for the information and the link to your blog. I've read through it a bit. The link for the reading schedule didn't work. Maybe I have sign up for their mailings.
I hope the weather gets nicer for your residency here in Tampa. Cold and rainy today! :-(


pongo
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Jan 1, 2014, 6:37 PM

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For my first winter residency, the high temperature for the first five days was -10. Of course, Tampa isn't in Vermont.


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Kyla_S
Kyla Steinkraus

Jan 1, 2014, 6:39 PM

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Hi,
I would be interested in reading that love letter to PLU if you had time to write it. :-) I'd love to hear anything you had to say about the program, either here or in a PM. I'm not even sure what questions to ask. Right now I am pretty overwhelmed just with all the online information about the different programs and preparing all the application materials.
Happy new year!


dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Jan 1, 2014, 8:38 PM

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Here's the schedule:
Jan. 3 7:30 p.m. Lectores: Reading with Erika Meitner and Mary Biddenger
Jan. 4 7:30 p.m. Lectores: Reading with Robert Olen Butler
Jan. 5 9 p.m. Lectores: A Screening of Hal Hartley's TRUST
Jan. 6 7:30 p.m. Lectores: Reading and Musical Performance with Joe Pernice and Wesley Stace
Jan. 7 7:30 p.m. Lectores: Reading with Jennifer Vanderbes and Sandra Beasley
Jan. 8 7:30 p.m. Lectores: Reading with Alan Michael Parker
Jan. 9 7:30 p.m. Lectores: Film Screening with Hal Hartley
Jan. 10 7:30 p.m. Lectores: Reading with Tom Franklin and Beth Ann Fennelly
All events are at the Falk Theater, 428 W Kennedy Blvd except for Robert Olen Butler who will be reading in the Vaughn Center on the main campus of the University of Tampa and the screening of Trust which will be at the Tampa Theatre, 711 N. Franklin St


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dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Jan 1, 2014, 8:40 PM

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For my first winter residency, the high temperature for the first five days was -10. Of course, Tampa isn't in Vermont.

And coming from Chicago, I plan on fully flaunting the weather after I arrive tomorrow.
-dh


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Kyla_S
Kyla Steinkraus

Jan 4, 2014, 11:49 AM

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Thank you for the schedule. I'll try to get to one.
I hope you brought a few sweaters with you. :-)
-Kyla


dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Jan 6, 2014, 9:35 AM

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Just a quick taunt for all the people at VCFA, Bennington, Stone Coast, et al.


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jlgwriter
Jeanne Lyet Gassman
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Jan 6, 2014, 10:06 AM

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Some of the VCFA folks are having a residency in Puerto Rico this winter. In the photos I've seen, folks look warm and comfy! :)

Jeanne


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dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Jan 6, 2014, 10:12 AM

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Hmm, the picture that I uploaded with this of sunny Tampa didn't show up. Oh well.


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KitKat123
Kit Kat

Jan 21, 2014, 10:49 AM

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I've heard good things about the cedar crest program in barcelona. (If I get in) I probably won't avoid cooling down in the Mediterranean this summer, as well as hopefully working with my favorite writer.

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