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jennymck


Mar 18, 2006, 9:09 PM

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Re: [bullscheidt] The Waiting Game...Have you heard yet??? [In reply to] Can't Post

Hey! I know (!) Thanks. I can hardly believe it. Although my roommate joked that I'm getting into all the expensive schools. But I really wanted to get into SLC so it's a good day (!)


sarescent


Mar 18, 2006, 9:12 PM

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Re: [jennymck] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

I got into Sarah Lawrence for poetry today via letter. It's my first acceptance (I'm still waiting on UVA and U-Oregon) and I'm so excited! Hopefully I'll get enough money so I can afford to go, because I really, really, really want to.


chapons
Megan

Mar 18, 2006, 10:18 PM

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I got into Sarah Lawrence for fiction - acceptance letter arrived yesterday!!!

So, I'm in at Vermont and Sarah Lawrence, waiting on Warren Wilson and Bennington...


Windiciti



Mar 18, 2006, 11:42 PM

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Re: [chapons] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congrats to all of you who made it into Sarah Lawrence!
that is a VERY prestigious school. It is so well-known that I had heard about it when I was taking my SAT's in the "60's in Argentina.

I got a phone call today from a new program at the U. of the South, the Sewanee School for Writers. Accepted for Fiction in the first cohort of writers meeting in Sewanee, Tn. this summer!

So I got 2 acceptances, 2 no's, and 2 more 2 go: WWC and Bennington.

Anyone out there appply to Sewanee, the School not the Conference?
Let's talk!

Thanks.
P.S. Anyone heard from the Sewannee Writers Conference?


LaurenAnne


Mar 19, 2006, 10:30 AM

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Re: [Windiciti] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm on a trip, but when I saw these Sarah Lawrence acceptances, I called a neighbor and had her check my mailbox . . . and I got in too! (For fiction.) So excited--definitely my first choice if you ignore the expense. However . . . I see so many posts on these boards basically implying that anyone who pays for an MFA is an idiot. I don't think I agree--I think everyone has to make their own cost/benefit assessment of each school. As a working magazine writer, I think getting to stay in NYC and, therefore, in the "game", is going to be worth a LOT to me. But I'm wondering what others think about this issue?


(This post was edited by LaurenAnne on Mar 19, 2006, 10:32 AM)


Clench Million
Charles

Mar 19, 2006, 11:31 AM

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Re: [LaurenAnne] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

I dont' think anyone who pays for an MFA is an idiot, but any school that charges a bunch is run by a bunch of jerks.


sk1grrl


Mar 19, 2006, 12:08 PM

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Re: [Clench Million] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

Attempting to avoid the blanket statement....

For me, I would be way too anxious about going into debt to focus on my writing while getting my MFA if I was paying for it!

I can, however, understand that for someone who had the means to pay for it themselves or who felt passionately about going to a particular school/being in a particular city, paying for an MFA might be the way to go. Life is short--why not?


kcole7
Kristin

Mar 19, 2006, 1:21 PM

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Re: [LaurenAnne] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

You're not an idiot. In fact, I envy your position a little. I absolutely need full funding in order to go, so I couldn't apply to low-res or places like Sarah Lawrence. I would have loved to apply to Sarah Lawrence, but the cost of living and lack of funding made it impractical.

Congratulations! Enjoy the success, and don't worry about what a few people on an internet forum say about funding. It's your life and your choice.


shadowboxer


Mar 19, 2006, 1:33 PM

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Re: [LaurenAnne] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

It depends on your priorities. I'm guessing you applied to all the schools in the NYC metropolis? If not, would it be feasible to take a year off and reapply? I've known of people who paid for part of the degree, but those people went to schools that gave them in state residency and some kind of funding after the first year. SLC is a private school, and your debt would be much larger.


edwriter



Mar 19, 2006, 2:27 PM

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Re: [LaurenAnne] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

Math is definitely not my strong point, so I'm only guessing that if all writers seeking to attend MFA programs attended them only if fully-funded (which does seem to be the only--not the best--case scenario some on this board and even in other venues advocate), there would be many, many writers who would never attend MFA programs at all.

Has anyone counted up how many fully-funded slots are available, in total, and compared that to the number of applicants? I haven't, but then again, I haven't ever issued a judgment that people willing and/or able to pay for their educations--whatever the level of sacrifice involved--are stupid, "idiots," etc.

I'd love to know for sure that there are enough fully-funded slots available not necessarily to meet the demand, but simply to meet the demand of all the qualified applicants out there.

(This post was edited by edwriter on Mar 19, 2006, 2:29 PM)


edwriter



Mar 19, 2006, 2:30 PM

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Re: [Windiciti] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

Congrats, Windiciti. Sewanee looks like an exciting new program.

Best,
Erika D.


Janeth


Mar 19, 2006, 3:09 PM

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Re: [Windiciti] Sarah Lawrence! [In reply to] Can't Post

Does anyone know how many people Sarah Lawrence accepts and how many attend? I'm thinking specifically of nonfiction...


Windiciti



Mar 19, 2006, 3:18 PM

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Thanks, Erika!
If I don't get the funding for NU...I'll know by April 15th, I'm going to Sewanee. Just love Erin McGraw's writing, mine is similar but obviously not as accomplished.

Sewanee is only in the summer for 6 weeks, so I cd. still work as part-time faculty in Chicago the rest of the year and get the $5500 tuition, which is only due once a year. Plus of course flying to Nashville, which is really cheap.

The major thing that worries me is "officially" writing and meeting only in summer. Not much contact for a sociable person like me.

I have a local workshop with a great writer and teacher, Paul McComas, but it meets for 6 weeks at a time, and then there is a 6-8 week hiatus between classes, which drives me crazy.
I am so happy writing though, that I know I have to have a writing home. That is why I'm getting another degree at this stage in my career.
Yes, like everyone else, I'd also like to be published.


AAuchter



Mar 19, 2006, 6:29 PM

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Low-Res Acceptances [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm in (as mentioned earlier) at New England College & I got a call today from Bennington. This is, of course, great news. However, I am FREAKING OUT about Houston because 2 people have had acceptance calls for poetry (one for MFA & one for PhD). I got my B.A. from Houston and know just about everyone on the faculty (and still live in Houston), so this is particularly nerve-wracking. God. Oh, just to be wanted.

Tally:

New England College: yes
Bennington College: yes
Houston: waiting by the phone/mailbox
Warren Wilson: see above
Pacific University: waiting

Has anyone else heard from Houston? Please let me know so I can freak out more!


LaurenAnne


Mar 19, 2006, 8:21 PM

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Just wanted to thank everyone for their thoughtful responses on the issue of paying for it.


chapons
Megan

Mar 19, 2006, 9:15 PM

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Help! [In reply to] Can't Post

Help! I've been accepted to Vermont College, Sarah Lawrence, and Bennington...still waiting to hear from Warren Wilson. And Liam Rector gave me only one week to decide!!!

So, I have two questions:
1) Can I call Warren Wilson to see where I stand, or is that too pushy? I'm thinking they might be my first choice.
2) Any thoughts on the above choices? I'm really torn.

Thanks,

Megan


Windiciti



Mar 19, 2006, 9:35 PM

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Re: [AAuchter] Low-Res Acceptances [In reply to] Can't Post

Congratulations AAuchter!
Those are great choices. It seems however, that Houston is your number ONE choice, so I hope you get a YES soon!

On a selfish note, how did you hear from Bennington?
Phone, e-mail, or post?

I haven't heard a thing yet.

Thanks,
Wendy


Windiciti



Mar 19, 2006, 9:38 PM

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Re: [chapons] Help! [In reply to] Can't Post

Megan,
Did Bennington call or write?

I haven't heard a thing! So please let me know so I can steel myself for the letter of "no thanks."


rooblue


Mar 19, 2006, 9:50 PM

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Megan,
It's fine to call Warren Wilson. Their admissions office is probably beseiged (sp?) right now, from other folks who are in your position, but don't worry, they won't think you're too pushy. If they can tell you anything, they will. When I was accepted, acceptance started going out in early April, so they might not even know yet. Good luck.


AAuchter



Mar 19, 2006, 10:51 PM

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Congratulations AAuchter!
Those are great choices. It seems however, that Houston is your number ONE choice, so I hope you get a YES soon!

On a selfish note, how did you hear from Bennington?
Phone, e-mail, or post?

I haven't heard a thing yet.

Thanks,
Wendy

Bennington (Liam Rector) called and left a message. I'm supposed to call him tomorrow for more info. I REALLY hope that they give me more than a week to decide.


chapons
Megan

Mar 20, 2006, 6:20 AM

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Re: [Windiciti] Help! [In reply to] Can't Post

Windiciti, Liam Rector called Sunday evening. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you...


Windiciti



Mar 20, 2006, 1:25 PM

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Re: [chapons] Help! [In reply to] Can't Post

Megan,
Thank you so much for your kindness.
I am calling THEM right now!
They asked for my w-2's etc., so before I send them---that's a lot of copying---I want to know.
Just spoke to Bree the program asst.
She said that I wd. hear by mail in a few days, so I know
it's a big NO, though she wd. not commit.
Priscilla was there, but just "leaving" so she cd. not come to the phone, and Liam Rector is in their NY office, "cd. not be reached."
Yes, it's NO!!!
Good luck w/ your own plans.
Wendy


kcole7
Kristin

Mar 20, 2006, 2:00 PM

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Re: [Windiciti] Help! [In reply to] Can't Post

My mail comes in about an hour, so I'm sitting here biting my nails. Anyone have any news today?


sanssoleil
Chris
e-mail user

Mar 20, 2006, 2:25 PM

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Finally, some news. [In reply to] Can't Post

Brown rejection in the mail today.
I am in a state of whatever the total opposite of shock is.
The fact that it is 20 March 2006, and I've heard from a mere 1/3 of the schools I applied to, is really bothersome.
Funny upshot of this process: I finally started writing again last week, and I've got something like a fire in the belly. I take rejection and turn it into lemonade. Brown doesn't want my fiction? Well my fiction doesn't want Brown. Herewith, "brown" will be "auburn" or "beige" or "chocolate." Brown is officially no longer a bullet in my lexical gun. Take that, um, Sepia-Toned University!!


Windiciti



Mar 20, 2006, 3:03 PM

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Re: [sanssoleil] Finally, some news. [In reply to] Can't Post

Sorry, Sanssoleil!
I think I will get a similar letter from Bennington by Friday.
Keep your chin up! Someone WILL give you a writing home soon.

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