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eriksmetana


Mar 4, 2005, 2:28 PM

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I know of a few of the LR-MFA programs, what are the others (ALL 15)?

1) Goddard College
2) Antioch College
3) Warren Wilson College
4) Bennington College
5) Farleigh Dickinson University
6) Vermont College

7-15?


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maaza

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Jul 2, 2004, 10:28 PM

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hi all,
i'm registered for NYU and getting ready to go. excited and nervous as time gets closer. are any of you reading some of the professors' works before workshops/classes start?

hope all is well!

maaza

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nomojo
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Jul 12, 2004, 11:24 PM

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Is there an MFA alumnus out there with any words of wisdom for those us of gearing up to enter programs this fall? Any general advice, dos or don'ts would be greatly appreciated. Perhaps even an MFA horror story or two...

(This post was edited by motet on Mar 24, 2006, 11:33 AM)


tnu
Tanya Underwood

Jul 13, 2004, 9:38 AM

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Ooh, yes, I would love some advice from MFA veterans.


pongo
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Jul 13, 2004, 11:41 AM

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Well, my program was a low-res one, but here's one bit of advice: don't look on the critical work as an unpleasant but necessary chore. You can learn an awful lot about your own writing by honing your critical skills and knowledge. Even the teaching skills -- if your program tries to give you any, and a lot don't -- are writing skills, or at least thinking about writing skills.

dmh


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freeverses
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Jul 13, 2004, 12:18 PM

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I did a low-res MFA too, and am completing now a conventional-residency PhD.

I'd really second David's idea of making all your reading, even your lit.crit stuff, aid your writing.

If you're teaching 2 classes of comp (often 30 students in each section) and taking 3 classes, the hardest thing on earth is to find some time to write. It can be done; it takes time to find how to manage it, to prioritize.

I have a friend here at Houston (a PhD student) who took 4 classes each semester, wrote 3 critical papers every semester as well as the requisite 2-3 stories. She taught 2 sections each semester, and took up additional classes at a community college, and volunteered her time as a slush reader for both fiction and nonfiction submissions for a literary magazine. She's my personal hero. Clearly, I can do more work if I had to, I think when I bemoan the lack of time I have....

I liked most the professors who pushed me to try new things, to read widely, to re-read things that I really hated. I liked having to articulate ideas about the stuff I was reading. Learn whatever you can from whomever teaches you. What doesn't prove useful, discard later. Be open to change, to possibility.

Maybe it goes without saying, but if you're in a place where you feel unsafe because your colleagues or professors are saying hateful things, you don't have to stay in that environment. There are other classes, other workshops. I've had this experience, and stayed because I didn't want to offend the community. My writing suffered. I learned little, especially since the useful stuff the community provided me with was tainted with my emotional response to the discriminatory stuff that came earlier.

Oh, yeah, and have fun. A lot of it.


RFlumignan
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Jul 15, 2004, 9:16 AM

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Well, my program was a low-res one, but here's one bit of advice: don't look on the critical work as an unpleasant but necessary chore. You can learn an awful lot about your own writing by honing your critical skills and knowledge. Even the teaching skills -- if your program tries to give you any, and a lot don't -- are writing skills, or at least thinking about writing skills.

dmh


Which low-res program did you attend?




Rob

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tnu
Tanya Underwood

Jul 15, 2004, 10:09 AM

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Thanks so much for the advice, you guys! I loved reading it. Anyone else have any bits of wisdom?


nomojo
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Jul 15, 2004, 11:26 AM

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Yes, thanks every one for the information.


pongo
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Jul 15, 2004, 12:19 PM

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Well, my program was a low-res one, but here's one bit of advice: don't look on the critical work as an unpleasant but necessary chore. You can learn an awful lot about your own writing by honing your critical skills and knowledge. Even the teaching skills -- if your program tries to give you any, and a lot don't -- are writing skills, or at least thinking about writing skills.

dmh


Which low-res program did you attend?


I did Goddard.

dmh


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ngottuso
Nicole Gottuso

Aug 19, 2004, 2:28 AM

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Is anyone starting at Vermont College this Dec.?


wiswriter
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Aug 19, 2004, 7:28 AM

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God willing, Nicole.

(I've applied for December. Also Bennington, Warren Wilson. Holding off on a couple that have different schedules and later deadlines. And possibly applying to the children's-YA program at VC as well; it's a long story. Stay tuned.)


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Alexis Enrico Santi
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Sep 13, 2004, 3:15 PM

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I had no idea I started this thread, but I guess the webmaster saw fit that we move some of our conversation over here, though I made an old addition to the other thread checking in.

So - just wanted to say I've started, surprised that we haven't had a workshop yet, with time, with time I hear a MFA program can actually get you sick of your own work.

How is everyone else doing out there - how do you like the programs, how is your writing?

-Alexis


Erica Lea
Erica Brooks
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Sep 16, 2004, 5:15 PM

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It's a low-res program with an emphasis on diversity and social involvement, which I like. It seems like few of their students have actually published books, but maybe that's the self-guided low-res thing. Any thoughts? Anyone heard of it or know anything about it? I still can't decide about the low-res thing...


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Sep 16, 2004, 6:28 PM

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I've heard people say good things about it, but one of the worst novels that was ever submitted to me when I was an editor came from someone who claimed to have an MFA from Antioch.

dmh


Erica Lea
Erica Brooks
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Sep 16, 2004, 7:11 PM

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Yikes. Worse how? And what have you heard people say about it?


arielblue
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Sep 16, 2004, 8:19 PM

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I once spoke with someone who was just finishing up her MFA there (I don't recall whether in poetry or in fiction), and she had nothing but praise for the program. I don't know how good a writer she was or anything, only that she was very happy with her experience at Antioch -- for whatever that's worth.


hapworth


Sep 17, 2004, 3:05 AM

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Keep in mind that Antioch's low-res program is relatively new, so they haven't had time probably to build up a list of grad books--grad publications, maybe, but grad books take time I think. If you read through the six-year "Searching for graduates of MFA low-residency," you'll see some people who liked Antioch quite a lot. Sounds like the program is reputable but hasn't had the time to build up street cred like Vermont, Bennington, and WW.

Hapworth


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Victoria M. Chang
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Sep 17, 2004, 1:13 PM

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Hey Erica,
I spent a lot of time typing out a low-res. vs. traditional MFA thing on my blog--I can't remember where it is, but I think I posted it in August. You might find it useful:

http://victoriachang.blogspot.com/


hapworth


Sep 17, 2004, 3:46 PM

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Victoria,

Nice blog! It's so difficult to find good low-res information, and your blog satisfied my desire to read just a bit more about WW, a program I'll apply to and pray to A) be accepted and B) receive non-loan help. I thought that more WW folk did get published--in lit mags, mind you--but you're up on this stuff more than I. Again, nice blog!

Hapworth


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Victoria M. Chang
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Sep 17, 2004, 3:55 PM

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Thanks. Also on funding, a friend received the Jacob Javits fellowship--look into that. Granted, you have to have no income essentially, but it seems to work for her and helped her pay for the program.


freeverses
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Sep 17, 2004, 7:31 PM

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Hi Erica,

I went to school with Tara Ison, who has directed the Antioch program and is now serving as a full-time faculty member in fiction there. She has a well-received book, A Child Out of Alcatraz, which was a finalist for the 1997 LA Times Book Award. I only had a few conversations with Tara, but she seemed like a genuine person, a really well-read, smart conversant in writing. I can't speak about her writing or her teaching, really, but she seemed like a really intelligent, affable human being -- the kind of person who seems dedicated to a life of the mind. I hope this little tidbit of information can be of some help. -- James


casc


Sep 25, 2004, 2:25 PM

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New here!

I found I got accepted into Antioch this week. I"m stoked! It's the only place I applied to being that I"m local and have a toddler. However, after reading all the threads on low res MFAs I'm regretting that I didn't apply to more. But oh well! LA sunshine in December tends to evaporate such regrets!

I'd love to hear from others entering Antioch in Dec. Post here or email me.
Hi Skye if you're reading this!


kimsrogers


Nov 1, 2004, 2:54 PM

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I am interested in a low-residency, creative non-fiction MFA. Anyone out there recommend a specific program and why? Personalities on the program would be greatly appreciated.


pongo
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Nov 1, 2004, 3:11 PM

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There's a whole thread on low-res programs, and I believe they all offer non-fiction as an option. I'm beginning to think that the main reasons to choose one low-res program over another (they all have competent or better fculties) are location and culture. Find a program in a place you wouldn't mind visiting five times in two years, and with a culture that seems congenial, and you should be all right.

dmh


The Review Mirror, available at www.unsolicitedpress.com

Difficult Listening, Sundays from ten to noon (Central time), at http://www.radiofreenashville.org/.

http://home.comcast.net/~david.m.harris/site/

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