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ceb


Oct 27, 2004, 4:45 PM

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Has anyone got an acceptance or rejection from Bennington for January? I'm thinking I should have heard by now.


chercheryl


Oct 27, 2004, 5:24 PM

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Hello ceb,

Sad to say I checked here a week or so ago and saw that someone had posted here saying that they had received a phone call from Liam Rector for January. I ended up calling Bennington to find out what was up and I was told that I was waitlisted. If it's any consolation (don't you just hate sentences that begin that way), they do the acceptance/rejections in stages, not all at once, so you still might have a shot.

Where else did you apply?

I did not get into Warren Wilson for some amazingly ridiculous reason (!) but I did get into the Mountain Writers' MFA program at Pacific in Oregon.



Cheryl


ceb


Oct 27, 2004, 5:39 PM

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Hey Cheryl,
Yeah, I saw that post too and figured no news is probably bad news. I already got my rejection from Warren Wilson. But why do you say it's ridiculous? I think WW is pretty tough. Anyway -- thanks for weighing in and all the best wherever you end up!


wiswriter
Bob S.
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Oct 27, 2004, 7:32 PM

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The First Rule of MFA Admission: You're not rejected until you're rejected. I wouldn't give up hope until the thin letter was in the box. We've seen late surprises around here before.

Liam Rector called me on Oct. 7; I had until Oct. 15 to declare an intent to enroll and until Oct. 25 to send a deposit. Somewhere in that period they were going to start calling off the waitlist, and I imagine those people get the same week or 10 days to decide, so the process may not be quite finished yet. They are taking 8-10 people in fiction for January. Nearly half the students at Bennington are in fiction, so there are probably fewer spots in poetry and nonfiction. That's what I know. Good luck!


chercheryl


Oct 28, 2004, 9:31 AM

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Hello ceb and Alex,

Ceb, my comment about not getting into WW was my effort at being facetious. It's supposed to be a great program. It's funny, ever since I spoke to the administrator there who said, after she told me I didn't get in and I paused, "You know the rate of admission is less than ten percent..."--all I can think of now in my head is the defensive, "Yeah, but I rock!" Whatever helps.

Thanks Alex, for the support. That is good to know. I am in touch with Bennington and will hope for the best. Bennington is really where I want to be.

Let me know how things go for you, ceb. And I look forward to hearing from you Alex about the Benny program. Congratulations!!

Cheryl


wiswriter
Bob S.
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Oct 28, 2004, 10:50 AM

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Less than 10 percent...yeah, way less. From the numbers that have been posted here it's more like 5 percent. Except for a couple of the teeny residential programs like Cornell and Brown that take, like, eight students a year, Warren Wilson is the toughest acceptance out there right now. Way tougher than Iowa. Not surprising, given the sudden boom in low-res programs. I think there were three new ones advertised in this month's P&W alone.

I didn't apply to WW. I tell people it's because of geography and logistics (I travel to Vermont every year anyway) and because I was infatuated with the programs at Bennington and Vermont College. And that's all true. But it was also rejection phobia. It's probably a good thing I didn't know how hard it is to get into Bennington. Or anywhere these days, really. The new P&W article on MFA admissions is a little frightening.


darredet
Darren A. Deth


Oct 28, 2004, 10:59 AM

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Alex, I know what you mean about the article. I finished reading it and thought to myself, "That's it, I'm not getting in anywhere."

I still have received no word yet from Stonecoast or Vermont. Any day now I should hear something.

Darren


ceb


Oct 28, 2004, 11:31 AM

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I called Bennington this morning and I too am waitlisted, which is such a nice way of saying "rejected." :-)

I suppose the next step for me will be to try to find some good instruction/help this winter so I can submit a kickass piece of work when I reapply for next term.

BTW, it was Priscilla Hodgkins I spoke to, and she told me that 8 fiction writers out of 72 applicants were admitted. So that sounds like about an 11% chance of admission, for whatever that's worth.

Cary


chercheryl


Oct 28, 2004, 11:51 AM

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Hello Cary,

I just want to let you know that being waitlisted really is not a bad thing. I know a few people who have been through the Bennington program and they had fellow students who had got in after being waitlisted. Keep the faith!

I'm hoping it works for me a second time; the same thing happened when I applied to UNC-Chapel Hill and I finally got in.

Cheryl


iceq777
Shelley

Oct 28, 2004, 12:05 PM

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Hi Ceb et al,

I was accepted to Goddard (my third choice after WW and Bennington--haven't heard from Bennington yet either). I have vacillated between going to Goddard vs. reapplying to the other places. I eventually might get into the other places, but it could take a few years. Someone else from this speakeasy got into WW on their 3rd try. I'm not sure I want to wait that long to get the one-on-one benefits of the low res MFA instruction format.

Meanwhile, I've talked to eight Goddard alumni/ae (including Pongo from this Speakeasy), who unanimously recommend Goddard. They cite dramatic improvements in their writing as the major plus of the program.

My main goal with the MFA is to become a better writer. It would be nice to have the "stamp" of a "big name" program, but in the end I believe it's the writing that counts the most when it comes to publishing. There are plenty of published and bestselling authors out there who have no MFA or who have MFA's from "no name" places. Take Anthony Doerr for example, featured in this month's P&W--he got his MFA from Bowling Green University and he's up for or won a bunch of awards for his fiction (I can't recall all the details from the article).

Anyone else with any feedback/info on Goddard would be appreciated. Validation would be especially welcome (that remark is a facetious neurotic writer joke in case you don't realize). Also if you want to weigh in with your opinion on going to Goddard now vs. reapplying with uncertain outcome, please feel free to do so.

Thanks and best of luck to everyone with the MFAs and with your writing. --IceQ


chercheryl


Oct 28, 2004, 12:21 PM

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Hi Shelley,

For some reason I hadn't really considered Goddard, but now you have given me some inspiration. People have certainly recommended the program to me and told me that Rebecca Brown is wonderful as a teacher and a writer. I would like to teach at some point, so the teaching curriculuum is an advantage. If I don't get into Bennington, then I will certainly look into Goddard for the June residency.

The waiting is the hard part.

Best of luck to you,

Cheryl


Brian S.


Oct 28, 2004, 8:21 PM

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I was just rejected by Vermont College; I was interested in their MFA in Children's/Young Adult fiction. Does anyone know of any comparable programs?
Thanks,
Brian


wiswriter
Bob S.
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Oct 29, 2004, 11:49 AM

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Hey Brian - Vermont's program has been such a hit that other schools are jumping in now. Simmons College in Boston has started an MFA in writing for children.

http://www.simmons.edu/gradstudies/liberal-arts/academics/childrens-literature/writing.shtml

The New School in New York has started a children's concentration in their MFA program.

http://www.nsu.newschool.edu/writing/

The new low-res MFA program at Whidbey Island has a children's concentration.

http://www.writeonwhidbey.org

I imagine there are others, and that there will be more coming soon, MFA demand being what it is...


arielblue
Library Anne

Oct 29, 2004, 12:37 PM

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In addition to the other programs mentioned, I think Spalding U. in Louisville (a low-res program) also has a concentration in children's writing.

Good luck!


iceq777
Shelley

Oct 30, 2004, 7:01 PM

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Hi Cary,

FYI received the official "waitlist" letter from Bennington today in the mail.

Shelley


ceb


Oct 30, 2004, 7:18 PM

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I did too. :-) Thanks for checking in.


iceq777
Shelley

Oct 30, 2004, 7:23 PM

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Hi Cary,

Alex said they accepted 9 out of 72 applicants or something like that. Do you think they sent wait-list letters to all of the remaining 63 applicants?

Shelley


edwriter



Oct 30, 2004, 7:24 PM

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I was just rejected by Vermont College; I was interested in their MFA in Children's/Young Adult fiction. Does anyone know of any comparable programs?
Thanks,
Brian


Hi, Brian:

In addition to the other programs people have mentioned, you might want to look into the Lesley University low-res program.

http://www.lesley.edu/...e_writing/index.html

Good luck!


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