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joefazio


Apr 5, 2005, 10:34 AM

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Hello to everyone,

I just came across this forum yesterday. Lots of great info to be had. I was wondering if anyone has had any experience with creative writing program at BU? I tried a search but did not come up with much. I understand it's not an MFA program, but this seemed like the place to post.

Thanks,
Joe


(This post was edited by motet on Mar 28, 2006, 9:07 AM)


rtperson
Roger Turnau

Apr 5, 2005, 11:45 AM

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If you can find your way into the archives, there were several postings about BU a few years ago. From what I remember, there's a lot to be said about the program. Great faculty, with Robert Pinsky and Derek Walcott on the poetry side and Ha Jin, Leslie Epstein and Martha Cooley in fiction. They've graduated some top-notch writers, including Jhumpa Lahiri, Ha Jin and Peter Ho Davies. And they have an incredible location not too far from Boston's Back Bay. (Emerson's better situated, but its writing program can't touch BU's reputation.)

On the negative side, the program is only a year long (which is why I didn't apply -- I wanted longer), and I'm not sure how generous they are with funding. Their web site says that assistantships and fellowships are available, but you'd still have to contend with the price of Boston which, while it isn't quite as pricey as New York, still ain't cheap.

Lastly, apropos of nothing, a few graduates from BU's writing program recently started Post Road, which has become one of my favorite literary magazines.

Not quite an insider's POV, but I hope this helps.


thebeatbaby


Apr 5, 2005, 4:45 PM

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i went to bu undergrad, knew some of the poets and I've met some more poets after who went there.

For Poetry I've heard, Pinsky's great and Walcott doesn't care who you are but he's Walcott so you don't care if he knows who you are.

Leslie Epstein, who's the head of the program and a fiction guy, is supposed be a little bit hard to take.

it's just a year, but i think everyone or most everyone gets funding and there's no reason when you're done that you can't go get an mfa too. I'm in school with someone who's doing that right now.


catenz
CATenz

Apr 5, 2005, 8:13 PM

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I have opinions, but don't want to iterate hearsay, so it might be worth it to go back a few years to check out posts. In any case, given all the good and bad things I've heard, I'd still apply (even if only for a year). Some grads of the program also started grubstreet.org, which is a cool Boston non-profit. You might want to check into that, and see if anyone there's willing to offer responses about the program.


wiswriter
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Apr 6, 2005, 1:48 AM

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Lastly, apropos of nothing, a few graduates from BU's writing program recently started Post Road, which has become one of my favorite literary magazines.


Actually, Post Road was founded by Bennington MFA students in 1999. Glad you like the magazine. It's a cool thing. They celebrated their 10th issue with an excellent after-hours party last weekend at AWP in Vancouver, with many Bennington faculty, students and alums in attendance, including this reporter. I urge everyone to check it out; the online edition is at www.postroadmag.com.


rtperson
Roger Turnau

Apr 6, 2005, 12:53 PM

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Consider me corrected, and thanks for straightening me out!

Tell the editors to keep up the good work -- Post Road is one of the few litmags that retains my interest when I read from cover to cover.


catenz
CATenz

Apr 6, 2005, 8:31 PM

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BU's lit mag (headed by Sven Birkerts and worthy of its own commendation) is Agni.


joysan


Apr 7, 2005, 12:27 PM

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though BU has rejected me twice! (owch), my mentor was in the program, and an acquaintance went through their program also. it is only one year. that really must zip through very quickly. I do like Roseanne Warren, I'm not as drawn to Walcott's work (I know he's a big name). I did sit in on one of their workshop sessions and when i left I asked Robert Pinsky if it was an undergraduate course. I didn't find their work very developed, which I guess makes it better or worse that they didn't accept me.

in other news I talked to another poetry MFA at Sarah Lawrence -- he regrets the high cost, and does say that the even in a two year program you can think "oh sh*t, I have to finish my book" he manages to attend SL while living in b'lyn.

/j


joefazio


Apr 14, 2005, 2:47 PM

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Hi,

Thanks to everyone who replied. I guess I should have been more specific in my original post. I will actually be going to BU in the fall for fiction. I'm familiar with the school itself and the area (I live in Boston, girlfriend went to BU as an undergrad). I guess what I was looking for was some kind of insider info (love it/hate it/meh?) from someone who has gone through the program.

Thanks,
Joe


taizhu


Apr 14, 2005, 4:13 PM

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Joe,

If I were you I would ask the school for contact info for current/past students so that you can ask them directly. I did this for every school I got into and seriously considered. I spoke to 4-5 people at each school and got a pretty good understanding of the environment.


smiggles


Jun 11, 2005, 6:49 PM

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The B.U. fiction program is very busy because it's only a year. You are really kept hopping trying to finish the work. It can be a shock to your creativity if you're not used to writing new fiction very VERY quickly. It sort of goes by in a blur with ups and downs depending on how the writing is going. It's definitely not the place to dawdle along.


minnie


Nov 19, 2005, 7:22 PM

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I agree that the program at Boston is very rushed, but they really pack a lot of writing into one year. The downside is that you also have to take a couple of literature courses, which really cuts into your time--time you don't have. But, it's very intensive and you can learn a lot--as long as you want to write mostly realistic stories, with plots and not a lot of subjective, interior sort of writing. And even if you don't, writing this way is still a great foundation. So many of their alumni have won awards and have published successfully. They also have more funding now than in the past. Definitely a program to consider!


motet
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Nov 20, 2005, 8:38 AM

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Hi minnie and welcome to the Speakeasy. We're so glad you've joined us! Are you a graduate of the Boston program?

Dana


almost


Mar 23, 2006, 2:35 PM

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When can we expect to hear from Boston University, too? Ahhhh the anticipation! Ahhh!


Logann


Mar 23, 2006, 10:57 PM

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we shoulld hear in about two weeks if we get in via phone-- and about one month via mail if we dont. im not sure about waitlists though...


rapunzel1983
Marisa Lee

Mar 24, 2006, 1:56 PM

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Yeah, it's too bad it's not more than 1 year. I LOVE HA JIN. Waiting was one of my favorite books of all time. And I refer to Jhumpa Lahiri's work everyday.

I have a feeling they won't like me. Leslie Epstein's little note of caution put me in distress for several days.

Anyway, I don't think I'm going to get in. I applied there just because I love Boston and the faculty ("pleasepleasepleasedon'trejectmeiadmireyouguyssomuch").

I have other great choices, though.

I'm kind of disappointed I most likely won't get to be anywhere in the northeast. I'll have to leave my friends and family which is not a problem, of course, but I'm envious of my friends tucked nicely away at Harvard and NYU, within driving distance.

What do you mean Leslie Epstein is hard to take? I'm curious. He seems brilliant and intimidating.


Kcchen


Mar 27, 2006, 9:53 PM

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Please post if anyone's heard from BU yet!


Kcchen


Mar 30, 2006, 1:04 PM

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One more call for BU! anybody anybody?


tayjay


Apr 1, 2006, 5:46 PM

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Hi! Robert Pinsky just called to tell me I got into BU! I'm still in shock. Anyone else get a call?


http://a-quiet-light.livejournal.com/


dietsnapple


Apr 1, 2006, 10:15 PM

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I got a call from Pinsky as well, and officially confirmed my enrollment at BU today. I'm so excited; BU was my first choice. Pinsky sounds like a wonderful person and poet. I'm just disappointed that he will be on leave next year.


Kcchen


Apr 1, 2006, 10:28 PM

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are you guys poets?


tayjay


Apr 2, 2006, 12:48 AM

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Yes.


http://a-quiet-light.livejournal.com/


Kcchen


Apr 2, 2006, 3:42 AM

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so....do we think that pinsky only called the poets and us fiction ppl still stand a chance?


Elika619


Feb 23, 2007, 6:27 PM

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Hey guys...I just finished my on-line application for BU as my last attempt to get in to an MFA program. I was able to upload my WS and SOP online. Any need to send in hardcopies too?

Thanks!! :)


mrsriley72


Mar 16, 2007, 8:25 PM

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Anyone hear anything on this program yet??


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