Jul 22, 2007, 7:23 PM
Post #9 of 9
Re: [kendalls] Know anything about Queen U of Charlotte MFA?
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I also am interested in any information about the MFA program at Queens. I am very curious to know if students find online workshopping a help or a waste of time. About six years ago I started an MFA at Goddard, and it just wasn't a good fit for me. Since that time, I am almost finished with a Ph.D. in Narrative Inquiry, but I still am not doing what I really want which is to write fiction (and of course publish) so I can teach and write leisurely in the summers. For some reason I am drawn to Queens and would really like to hear from current students or alums about their experiences. Many thanks in advance!
Kendalls, I sent you a private message about the online workshopping; you can pm back if you haven't received it and I'll resend.
I'll just add here that I had a Ph.D. (history) when I entered the Queens program. And I was already adjuncting in writing programs. But like you, I had a vision of ultimately teaching fiction (full-time and tenure-track, preferably).
I don't know exactly what your Ph.D. entails, but you should know that in all likelihood you still have a very long road ahead if you're taking on a low-res MFA for tenure-track teaching purposes. Unlike the traditional academic fields, which frequently (and expect to) hire new graduates for tt jobs before they've published their first book, most tt jobs in creative writing require book publication in your genre. But maybe your Ph.D. will give you an entree to an English department and you'll be able to take it from there.
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