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Luke Johnson


Feb 19, 2010, 8:22 AM

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Not to detract from anyone's argument. But I think we can all agree Waldrop looks like a Wizard (that is, assuming the Lord of the Rings triology has taught me anything about what wizards look like):

http://writing.upenn.edu/.../1109/waldrops_2.jpg


http://www.lukejohnsonpoetry.com


bunnytutu


Feb 19, 2010, 12:14 PM

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dear peeps, please pm me if you'd like anymore info about the program. i've realized this was a lack of foresight on my side because i probably shouldn't be talking about what people tell me in confidence.
i'm not into this being attacked for trying to be helpful.
i'm not into numbers either.

good luck to you umass76.

some of us have some writing to do...

Wizard!


cecilpeoples


Feb 19, 2010, 12:37 PM

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umass is seth abramson. he makes a living by collecting data for MFA programs. he wrote the article that appeared in P&W last month. he's very knowledgeable on the topic.


edamame40
Ray O

Feb 19, 2010, 1:11 PM

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With respect to the argument between umass and bunnyhutu, I think they're both right.


umass76


Feb 19, 2010, 1:30 PM

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CP,

Half-right. :-)

I make 8K/year working as a Project Assistant for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. My total annual earnings for all things MFA-related (consulting, freelance journalism, independent contracting as an author, donations, and [de minimis] online advertising) is around 4K. So I'm afraid I can't claim to make a living from MFA research (and to be clear, I collect data about MFA programs, not for them, I'm 100% a freelancer) -- it's a side project but one I do take very seriously. I know it means a lot to a lot of people.

And yes, sometimes (often) I take it too seriously. But it's been a steep hill to climb to get this data to applicants -- there are a lot of people with a vested interest in none of this data being made public.

Best,
S.


(This post was edited by umass76 on Feb 19, 2010, 1:31 PM)


bunnytutu


Feb 19, 2010, 2:53 PM

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here's my final entry. just spoke to a director of the program. people should not expect to be notified of final decisions until the middle of march (the graduate school has to approve all decisions made by the program).

please don't call the office here unless you really feel its justified. i love those gals and they have enough on there hands as it is.

love to all you future brown students. i hope i didn't cause any extra tension in the forum. waiting sucks.

signing out,

bunnytu


WanderingTree


Feb 19, 2010, 3:38 PM

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I sort of figured the Literary Arts program pretty much had complete power over their decisions considering that they've admitted a couple of people in the past that didn't even have undergraduate degrees.


Pogra Tor



Mar 6, 2010, 3:03 PM

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Hiya everyone,

I found out yesterday that I'm waitlisted for fiction. And of course I started sleuthing to see if hope is warranted. It isn't, but I see that someone got in off the poetry waitlist a few years ago.

Sooooo... if anyone wants to play tourture-the-waitlister, I'm happy to grasp at any and all straws.


"If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up." --Dr. Seuss


bbroker


Mar 14, 2010, 7:34 AM

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Has anyone actually been accepted?


Pogra Tor



Mar 24, 2010, 2:35 PM

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Apparently they did accept some people because I just got a very, very kind email from one of the professors saying that all 5 people in fiction who were offered positions took them.

Hopefully the waitlisted poets will fare better!


"If I were invited to a dinner party with my characters, I wouldn't show up." --Dr. Seuss


rabbitlight21


Aug 12, 2010, 12:15 PM

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Hey, can anyone fill me in on how Brown's mfa program is structured? How many classes does one take per semester? How much room is there for electives? How long is the program in general? Is funding any good? Sorry I know I have alot of questions but I just can't seem to find any answers anywhere else.


ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Aug 13, 2010, 3:22 PM

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In Reply To
Hey, can anyone fill me in on how Brown's mfa program is structured? How many classes does one take per semester? How much room is there for electives? How long is the program in general? Is funding any good? Sorry I know I have alot of questions but I just can't seem to find any answers anywhere else.



All of these are on the website (http://www.brown.edu/...graduate_program.htm), but to answer your questions:

1. The program requires one workshop and one elective per semester, so one takes
2. Two classes per semester. (Your last semester is spent preparing your thesis.)
3. There's a lot of room for electives (50%).
4. The program is two years long.
5. Funding is pretty good. All first-year students receive a fellowship or proctorship that covers tuition and affords a small stipend. All students in good standing who are "appropriately qualified" (whatever that means) get TAships, so that funding covers the second year.


Hans Landa: You'll be shot for this!
Aldo Raine: Nah, I don't think so. More like chewed out. I've been chewed out before.


(This post was edited by ericweinstein on Aug 13, 2010, 3:23 PM)


persephassa
roxanne carter

Sep 30, 2010, 4:57 PM

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plus you get summer funding for the summer between first & second year & the non-workshop course can be within literary arts, or in any department at brown.


# www.persephassa.com


chicagofog

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Dec 13, 2010, 11:06 PM

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I just sent in my application to Brown. Anyone else applying there this year?


logodaedalus


Dec 14, 2010, 1:15 AM

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I'm right there with you kneelis. Seems absurd to push it to the day before deadline when I've had months to prepare, but there it is. Best of luck with your application! Time for that faint flutter of relief before grinding on to the next app...


patrickdunn


Dec 14, 2010, 1:53 AM

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I'm applying. Will either send it tomorrow or in the last minute on Wednesday. Feels good that I'm actually going to make the deadline!


Mellifluous_Me


Dec 20, 2010, 6:59 PM

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     Allow me to first begin my introductory post, here, with an elated feeling of comradeship amongst fellow literary admirers and enthusiasts! It is an absolute, immeasurable relief to be able to share the various thoughts and questions that we each find ourselves overwhelmed as a daily (if not, hourly) occurrence.
I have just sent in my application to Brown (my unquestionable top-choice), as well, and, while I feel an immense amount of relief regarding its official, completed submission, I, now, sit in the tormented anticipation of its possible rejection.
Meanwhile, I shall be preoccupying my time with the other applications left to fill out and baking loads of the most delectable cupcakes *(stress-eating, anyone?).
Furthermore, I would like to add and partly inquire about the font type/size requirements for the writing samples requested by the Literary Arts Program. There were no specifications that I knew of, and I certainly wish not to be penalized on such an unfortunate technicality! Oh, how my heart flits and flutters by anguishing bits of panic!


somewhereanywhere
Elizabeth Hunt

Jun 2, 2012, 10:16 AM

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It's been a while since anyone has posted on this thread, but I'm hoping some past or current Brown students in fiction can comment on whether the program is still focused on experimental work.


TonyB79
Tony Baker
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Aug 6, 2013, 6:40 PM

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Does anyone have any info about the size of stipends offered to graduate assistants at Brown? Most MFA sites contain this info, but I can't find anything specific on Brown's site.


Mercy is the mark of a great man.

I guess I'm just a good man.


TonyB79
Tony Baker
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Oct 20, 2013, 3:51 PM

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In case anyone else is interested in this, by the way, I've recently learned that Brown typically offers a 9k stipend the first year and 18k the second. I'm sorry to say this dropped the program pretty far down on my list, as (odds of getting in aside) I can't see passing up a chance to apply to Cornell or Michigan or UW Madison, for instance, for a program that could potentially put me in a pretty tight financial spot my first year. It's a shame, because I like the experimental focus, the liberal approach to electives and so on, and I'd love to get the chance to go to an Ivy League school.

As it stands, Brown is coming in behind the aforementioned schools, Syracuse University in New York, and possibly even Minnesota and Arizona State, though I'd rather not have to move clear to the other side of the country.


Mercy is the mark of a great man.

I guess I'm just a good man.


Persecond
Per Second

Nov 23, 2013, 8:51 PM

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TonyB79 -
Don't lower your standards based on financial packaging.
-Vi

----http://vikhinao.tumblr.com

In Reply To
In case anyone else is interested in this, by the way, I've recently learned that Brown typically offers a 9k stipend the first year and 18k the second. I'm sorry to say this dropped the program pretty far down on my list, as (odds of getting in aside) I can't see passing up a chance to apply to Cornell or Michigan or UW Madison, for instance, for a program that could potentially put me in a pretty tight financial spot my first year. It's a shame, because I like the experimental focus, the liberal approach to electives and so on, and I'd love to get the chance to go to an Ivy League school.

As it stands, Brown is coming in behind the aforementioned schools, Syracuse University in New York, and possibly even Minnesota and Arizona State, though I'd rather not have to move clear to the other side of the country.



http://vikhinao.tumblr.com

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