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waughwaugh


Feb 3, 2006, 5:50 PM

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Has anyone heard back from Arkansas yet? I notice that their website says the deadline for TA apps. is Feb. 15, so, uh, shouldn't we be getting accepted/rejected pretty soon?

(This post was edited by waughwaugh on Feb 3, 2006, 10:55 PM)


sovietsleepover


Feb 4, 2006, 12:44 PM

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Last year I sent off my pre-application in early December, probably quite later than they would've liked. They responded by... Not responding: I never heard a word back. Everything worked out fine in the end, but I would've liked a less subtle rejection note or something.


waughwaugh


Feb 4, 2006, 5:12 PM

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Well, that doesn't speak well of their program. It's one thing to ask for a SASE if you want your manuscript returned to you, but if they're not even going to give people the courtesy of a rejection . . .


thee swimmer


Feb 4, 2006, 5:50 PM

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I didn't go check it out, but isn't it simply that you need to apply before Feb 14th (send in your manuscript) in order to be considered (when they make their decisions) for a TA ship?


waughwaugh


Feb 4, 2006, 8:37 PM

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Nope, check it out.


sayra


Feb 5, 2006, 1:28 PM

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their website says "Teaching assistantships currently carry an annual stipend of $8,800 for students with a B.A., and $9,200 for students holding an M.A. Teaching Assistants also receive a waiver of all tuition costs and teach two three-hour classes each semester. No final offer of assistantship can be made until all application materials have been received. Students applying for teaching assistantships are urged to make application before February 15." Which is pretty vague. But I read it as sending in your manuscript before then. But I think its open to far too many interpretations...


miaiowa


Feb 19, 2006, 4:54 AM

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sovietsleepover, by any chance, are you a Michner student in poetry?


sovietsleepover


Feb 19, 2006, 5:17 AM

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Yes indeed. Who's your inside man in Austin? ;)


miaiowa


Feb 19, 2006, 9:31 AM

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Greg Koehler and I have been friends for years, and he's been saying great things about you and your poetry since he started the program. I'm Wendy by the way. It's funny because last night I had just posted a question about Ark (where I mentioned what Greg told me you had experienced) when I saw your post. I love when things like this happen :) How are you liking Texas?


sovietsleepover


Feb 20, 2006, 1:28 AM

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Wow--I love how small the world gets! It's great to run into you, & here of all places. I'm not sure how much I like Texas, though--the Michener Center specifically & Austin in general. I'm really happy with the other MFAers here, with the phenomenal caliber & aesthetic diversity of the writers, and the warmth & non-competitiveness of the writing community, plus the financial security's a definite bonus. That said, I don't think the faculty is particularly amazing, and because they bring in a lot of [very interesting, occasionally very famous] visiting writers for day-long masterclasses & single semesters, what on one hand is a great opportunity also becomes kind of frustrating in that the visitors don't have much of an investiture in the individual students because they're here for such a short time. I know how to write on my own, and know how to read poetry & lit intelligently on my own (discipline, on the other hand..), so the personal investiture of faculty is a much bigger deal for me than I'd realized initially. Additionally, Austin's kind of a drag: such a self-consciously hip post-industrial Texan city. I don't mean to complain too much though--I'm happy here, & I think I made the best decision by coming here, but it could definitely be better, but I think I'm peering around inside my gift horse's mouth with a dentist's mirror or something. One Colorado River Dirge on my grouchy outlook, please!

Did you apply here? Where'd you end up applying? Any news yet? What's your take on Iowa?


miaiowa


Feb 20, 2006, 7:42 PM

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I think I can relate to your feelings about Austin. It's BIG like Texas, and by that I don't mean it's a big city. I mean whatever is being done in the city is being done BIG--emo kids are extra depressed, sports fans are extra loyal, etc. I lived in Austin on and off during college and it could get frustrating. I think "self-conscious" is the best way to describe the behavior I'm talking about. On the other hand, I grew up in Texas, and trust me Austin is better than your average Texas town (San Antonio's also nice). I went to college in Waco and escaped to Austin as often as I could until I realized I needed to graduate.

Now Iowa City, which I always consider in relation to Texas (specifically Waco), is very laid back. Some of the workshoppers I've met don't like the city, but my husband and I love it. The people are exceptionally friendly, open-minded, and in my experience, very accepting of different kinds of people. This last thing is especially wonderful to me because of my experience in Waco. If I don't get in anywhere, we're going to stay here at least another year.
FYI the people who don't like the city say there's not much going on here. I guess that's true.

When it comes to the workshop itself, I think my perception is somewhat skewed because I'm not actually in the workshop and my husband is extremely laid back, not the kind of person to notice things like competition in a workshop. I say this because when I've said to other students "I know Iowa is known for being super competitive, but I don't really see it" they give me a look that says "you might not see it but it's here". We don't go to alot of the parties, but we've made some great friends here. And, when we do go to the parties, most of the workshoppers are very friendly and make us feel at home. There are always parties--after readings, after the parties after readings, birthdays, etc.--and every Wed students read fiction and poetry at a restaurant downtown. This year's first year students are really fun. They've organized open mic nights and more readings. Overall, I've had a good time here, and my husband says the same. Although the workshops have been difficult for him at times, he's also gotten a lot of encouragement from students and professors.

OK I've written more than I expected. I still haven't heard anything from schools, and I'm thinking the phone call from the workshop was not for me. This is really doing a number on my nerves. SS did you get to visit Mich? Also, where are you from?


almost


Mar 23, 2006, 2:34 PM

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Has anyone heard from Arkansas yet? I submitted a fiction manuscript...


franny905


Mar 23, 2006, 3:50 PM

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I received an acceptance letter from Arkansas (fiction) March 9 (and only then was I asked to apply to the graduate school, send in letters of rec., statement of purpose, etc. for teaching assistantship consideration). I sent in my manuscript December 1, and I don't know if they accept on a rolling basis (whenever they come upon one they like) or all at once.
They did update their website sometime in the past few months to say something like "contact us if you haven't heard by april 1."
I wouldn't give up if you haven't heard yet. They seem nice, but maybe not too terribly organized (or maybe I just don't understand their process).
Best of luck!


laughingman


Dec 2, 2006, 1:42 AM

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Has anyone sent in their application for Arkansas yet? If not, how soon are you planning to send it?

...Anyone on the inside (or, hell, outside) of the program know anything about the way the Walton fellowships are doled out? ...or have any insights about the program?


OldScribe2000


Jan 10, 2007, 2:22 AM

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I live in Fayetteville, and I work and go to school at the University of Arkansas, pursuing a B.A. in English/Creative Writing. For Fall 2008, I'll be applying to an array of MFA programs, including Arkansas.

If anyone has questions about the program, now would be a good time to ask. I have extensive knowledge. I'm on a first name basis with many of the successful graduates, and I've studied with the same professors that teach the graduate-level classes.


__________



Jan 10, 2007, 5:06 AM

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Hi there...

I've got a few Arkansas Q's.

First, I wonder if they've changed their deadlines. The Dozen Dozen MFA page lists this info:

Writing samples are accepted by the English Department from September through March...Deadline: For fall: 15 Feb. if applying for a teaching assistantship; 1 Aug. for admissions only.

The site now lists Jan 16th as the application deadline. Dunno if it changed, or if I was just dumb enough to rely on a second-hand source, but this threw me.

And B: With no initial application/reading fees, I wonder if they're deluged with semi-non-serious applicants, and by that, I mean people who would not have applied there otherwise, people (like me), who thought to apply there a year before other programs, just to sort of test the water, maybe hope for an encouraging response, or people who never intended to attend at all.

And three: you have any feel for the range of styles they accept/workshop? Are there little postmodernists scribbling right beside the Divorce & Cancer in Connecticut folks, or do they all tend to swing one way?

Thank you, thank you...


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(This post was edited by Junior Maas on Jan 13, 2007, 7:30 PM)


Glinda Bamboo


Jan 10, 2007, 9:08 AM

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January 15 is MLK Day, which means no mail. So they probably just updated their site to reflect that the real deadline would therefore be January 16.


OldScribe2000


Jan 12, 2007, 7:42 PM

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If you want a taste of what style of writing (fiction) is popular in the program, then read some of the graduates' writing: Tom Franklin, Nic Pizzolato, and Susan Perabo. That will give you an idea on what they like to see--in workshops and in applicants' writing samples.


franny905


Jan 14, 2007, 12:32 PM

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Definitely go with the department website for the application deadline--that secondary source is off.

I'm a first-year in fiction at Arkansas. There's been quite a variety of styles/subject matter in the one workshop I've taken, even among the five of us that were accepted for this year, so I think they are just looking for quality in whatever style you're doing.

I can't speak to the type of applications they receive, serious or non-serious. I, and I believe the others who were accepted this year, were doing the normal apply-a-bunch-of-places thing.

I've had a good experience here so far--my first workshop was serious and quite productive.

Best of luck!


OldScribe2000


Jan 15, 2007, 12:14 AM

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Congratulations on entering the Arkansas MFA Program.


gfisher


Jan 23, 2007, 2:31 PM

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Question for those accepted at UofA:

Did your acceptance come in snail mail, email, or telephone?

I ask because Im out fo the country. They know I am, and they have my home address where my parents live and also my email...

I'm sure it wont be a problem but I am just curious.


hamholio


Feb 22, 2007, 11:46 AM

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Did Arkansas forget they have a creative writing MFA program?


BlueVelveeta


Feb 22, 2007, 12:23 PM

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Seriously. I have not received or been able to wrestle from them any sort of confirmation that they even got my application. And it's one of my top-choice programs, so...

Big grrrr in their general direction.


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littleiodine


Feb 22, 2007, 3:37 PM

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They returned my self-addressed post card with confirmation, but beyond that, no word.


alwright


Feb 23, 2007, 10:45 AM

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Forget Arkansas. I just wrote to have them remove my application from consideration now that i'm in at other schools.

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