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pw29183839


Mar 21, 2006, 9:01 PM

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So how important do you think that extra year is? Should one choose a 3 year program over a 2 year program, even if the 2 year program has a better reputation? Do you really accomplish more? What do you guys think?


JosephC


Mar 21, 2006, 9:39 PM

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I think it would depend on what you're expected to take on in each program. For instance, if the 3 year program expected you to take a heavy load of lit-crit or pedagogy courses, in addition to teaching... and the 2 year program was more of a studio program where all you do is write... well, I think you'd probably accomplish more in 2 years. Also take into consideration summer support... Will the 2 year help you out with one summer if you'd like to attend a conference? Will the 3 year be willing to help you out with both summers in between years? Ultimately, it will be your own ability to schedule writing time in with everything else you'd like to do... depending on additional requirements and other activities that might be going on, for instance, working on a campus literary journal. Also take into consideration that many people do go on to complete second MFAs and PhD's in creative writing after their first degree... and there are always Fellowships like Stegner or Provincetown to follow, as well. The world is your oyster (sic). Good luck with whatever you choose.


Scrat1


Nov 14, 2007, 3:06 PM

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I'd like to hear more on this topic. I'm applying to both, but I'm leaning heavily towards a 2 year program. I'm afraid the whole workshop thing will have lost its novelty/productivity by year three.


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ryan call

Nov 14, 2007, 6:42 PM

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i cant imagine starting my thesis in year 2 - i am happy with this 3rd year. its given me a chance to focus entirely on the thesis (rarely do you workshop your 3rd year; at least that was my experience)...i think its important to have that last year to yourself, but with the close guidance of one of the faculty members with whom you've ideally connected the most.


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hamlet3145


Nov 16, 2007, 1:40 PM

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If you don't have to worry about funding (yeah, I know) you can usually turn two year programs into extended stays. I'm on year 4 of a two year MFA at Montana--much to the amusement of everyone I know.


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ryan call

Nov 16, 2007, 4:17 PM

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good point

it does largely depend on finances as well


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green sneakers

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Dec 6, 2007, 2:22 AM

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Yeah, I don't know how I could ever have a thesis finished by the end of my second year. But a lot of people can't devote three years to a grad program, so just keep in mind how much time you think you'd like to devote to an MFA. And the situation at Houston is the same as Ryan described; you do one Masters Workshop in the fall of your last year, where you meet half as often and workshop one longer work. If you get all your requirements done in those first two years, that's the only class you're required to take your last year; the rest can all be thesis hours.

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