»

Subscribe | Give a Gift Subscription

Log In or Register | Help | Contact Us | Donate

Advanced Search

Main Index » Writing and Publishing » MFA Programs
UMass (Fiction) Questions
Edit your profilePrivate messages Search postsWho's online?
You are not signed in. Click here to sign in.
If you are not a member, Register here!
135497 registered users
First page Previous page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next page Last page  View All


emptymug


Mar 13, 2006, 12:37 PM

Post #51 of 161 (3690 views)
Shortcut
Re: [eirene] Waiting List [In reply to] Can't Post

Best of luck to both of us, Eirene!!!!!


franz

e-mail user

Mar 13, 2006, 1:24 PM

Post #52 of 161 (3677 views)
Shortcut
Re: [boy named sue] Waiting List [In reply to] Can't Post


In Reply To
but i'm also curious about what is more appealing about jhu for you?


What's appealing about JHU: guaranteed funding and TAship, great faculty with small class sizes, which means more time to work with faculty than at UMass, very prestigious program, etc. I got a letter from UMass and a call from Stephen Dixon at JHU. Who wants me more, or rather, who makes me feel more wanted?
I'm still trying to weigh the difference btw Baltimore and Amherst.
Baltimore-- mild winters, more urban, close to D.C., Hopkins campus looks beautiful (but Baltimore gets a bad rap in a lot of ways).
Amherst-- cold winters, near Berkshires and other natural opportunities, lots of culture but also somewhat provincial.
Also, my thesis would be up for review after JHU after 1 year, which means there will be a lot of pressure to finish a collection of stories or novel after two years. What better way for me to make the most of my time there?
UMass sounds like a great program in a lot of ways and I'm going to be sad to say no. But everyone's been telling me it's a no-brainer, and I think it is too. However, I will visit the school first. My biggest fear is the possibility of a stuffy atmosphere.
Anybody who has attend JHU for any program, or knows anything about Baltimore, PLEASE give me some info. I've never been there before.


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


rocky_fona


Mar 13, 2006, 7:35 PM

Post #53 of 161 (3644 views)
Shortcut
Re: [emptymug] Waiting List [In reply to] Can't Post

The Creative Writing MFA Handbook states that UMass accepts "25 or more" applicants each year...

Rocky.


rocky_fona


Mar 13, 2006, 7:36 PM

Post #54 of 161 (3642 views)
Shortcut
Re: [emptymug] Waiting List [In reply to] Can't Post

Sorry, this is re: Empty Mug's post:

The Creative Writing MFA Handbook states that UMass accepts "25 or more" applicants each year...

Rocky.


In Reply To
From what I can tell about UMass (on this board):

Accepted (FICTION):

1. Franz
2. Gussy
3. Staircar
4. GemmaGirl
5. ?
6. ?
7. ?
8. ?
9. ?
10. ?
More?

Wait listed:

1. Eirene
2. EmptyMug :)
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?
More?

Def. not going...Franz.

But how long is the wait list? How many people were accepted? I was under the impression they accepted more than 10 people in each genre every year.

Thanks, y'all.



emptymug


Mar 13, 2006, 7:42 PM

Post #55 of 161 (3637 views)
Shortcut
Re: [rocky_fona] Waiting List [In reply to] Can't Post

Yeah...but the letter I got says they only accept 20 total..so does anyone know for sure?? I'm on the waiting list, so it makes a big difference - I figure if there are 10 fiction acceptees, then there are only 5 people tops ahead of me on the list. If there are 15 or 20 people accepted, my odds might go down. Maybe not. What the hell do I know. Man.


In Reply To
Sorry, this is re: Empty Mug's post:

The Creative Writing MFA Handbook states that UMass accepts "25 or more" applicants each year...

Rocky.


In Reply To
From what I can tell about UMass (on this board):

Accepted (FICTION):

1. Franz
2. Gussy
3. Staircar
4. GemmaGirl
5. ?
6. ?
7. ?
8. ?
9. ?
10. ?
More?

Wait listed:

1. Eirene
2. EmptyMug :)
3. ?
4. ?
5. ?
More?

Def. not going...Franz.

But how long is the wait list? How many people were accepted? I was under the impression they accepted more than 10 people in each genre every year.

Thanks, y'all.




emptymug


Mar 13, 2006, 7:44 PM

Post #56 of 161 (3632 views)
Shortcut
Re: [franz] Waiting List [In reply to] Can't Post

Eeeee, now I'm not only worried about making it off the waiting list, but also wondering when Franz is going to get his iron grip off that spot! Just kidding, Franz. Well, only half kidding. Good luck on your school tour!


davidjoseph


Mar 15, 2006, 1:09 PM

Post #57 of 161 (3582 views)
Shortcut
Re: [emptymug] Waiting List [In reply to] Can't Post

If it helps the list here, I was also accepted at UMASS, and Iowa (fiction).

While I certainly wanted that third year, it's hard hard hard to come up with any scenario that would cause me to choose UMASS over Iowa. I hope to visit, but I suspect that I will be freeing up another spot on the waitlist sometime soon.

(And: this might seem snobbish, but I was kinda disappointed that UMASS sent my noticification via e-mail, while Lan Samantha Chang called me from Iowa. I'm a Massachusetts resident for chrissake.)


emptymug


Mar 16, 2006, 9:28 PM

Post #58 of 161 (3547 views)
Shortcut
waiting waiting and waiting! [In reply to] Can't Post

hey hey hey,

any more fiction acceptees planning to leave the "in" list for us wait list types? i know, so far, davidjoseph and franz are probably not going to say yes to UMASS...

your wait listed friend
e.m.


rocky_fona


Mar 16, 2006, 9:43 PM

Post #59 of 161 (3540 views)
Shortcut
Re: [emptymug] waiting waiting and waiting! [In reply to] Can't Post

Does UMass have a visiting writer each semester who teaches a semester-long workshop? I know some programs do that (Iowa comes to mind).

Also, who teaches on the faculty at UMass right now? Is their website up to date? It seems out of date to me...


almost


Mar 21, 2006, 12:18 AM

Post #60 of 161 (3502 views)
Shortcut
Re: [rocky_fona] waiting waiting and waiting! [In reply to] Can't Post

I see that no one has contributed to this website in a long time. i, too, would like to know who is considering an offer in fiction at the university of massachusetts! any information would be comforting right now!


eirene


Mar 21, 2006, 12:24 PM

Post #61 of 161 (3481 views)
Shortcut
Re: [emptymug] waiting waiting and waiting! [In reply to] Can't Post

emptymug and fellow waitlisters at UMass - i'm taking myself off the list and accepting the offer from humid Houston. so at least that's one less person in line! good luck!


almost


Mar 27, 2006, 3:12 PM

Post #62 of 161 (3429 views)
Shortcut
Re: [gussy] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

So here's my Amherst Tally for fiction :)

Anyone else want to chip in their decisions for us wait list cuties?


Wait listed and not going:
1. Eirene


ACCEPTED BUT NOT GOING:

1. Franz
2. David Joseph

ACCEPTED AND NOT SURE:

1. GUSSY
2. Gemmagirl

ACCEPTED AND PLANS TO ATTEND:

1. Staircar

Wait listed and waiting for spots to open up:

1. Almost!


gussy

e-mail user

Mar 27, 2006, 5:45 PM

Post #63 of 161 (3416 views)
Shortcut
Re: [almost] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi,

The UMass tally looks accurate. I'm sure if there are changes people will report them. I'll let you know of my final decision on this same thread as soon as possible -- although this probably won't happen for another 10 days or so, alas!

Best of luck to us all!

Gussy


franz

e-mail user

Mar 28, 2006, 9:45 PM

Post #64 of 161 (3384 views)
Shortcut
Re: [almost] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

I haven't officially contacted UMass yet. I just arrived in Baltimore today and I'm liking what I'm seeing, so once I formally accept the offer I will let UMass know right away. I'm a little sad at the prospect of turning down UMass. It's such a great program.
Anyway, I hope you get the spot. Good luck!


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


sibyline


Mar 28, 2006, 11:23 PM

Post #65 of 161 (3366 views)
Shortcut
Re: [franz] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

wow franz, i've been so happy for you since you got the acceptance but for the first time, i just experienced this huge bout of jealousy. maybe it's because i just woke up from a nap so my id is still operating or something, but i was like, "damn you. why do you get to work with alice and stephen dixon!" it's the program i really wanted to get into at the start of the process, so i probably have a bit more letting go to do. imagine if i didn't have my own wonderful program to go to, then i'd be foaming at the mouth or something. :)

have fun on your visit! (i guess my superego just woke up ). i'm sending group e-mail shortly about brunch in new york.


franz

e-mail user

Mar 29, 2006, 12:59 PM

Post #66 of 161 (3338 views)
Shortcut
Meetup and more... [In reply to] Can't Post

Hi Sibyline,
I'm going to look into train or bus schedules up to NY today and let you know my plans today or tomorrow. What's the weather like in NY this week?
You know, I wish you would be one of my classmates here. That would be perfect. I really like the campus. The guy I'm staying with is a first year poetry student and his whole family is Deaf so I'm excited about this Deaf culture connection. You visited the campus, right? I like how the workshops are offered in the bell tower above the main building. The room has big windows and lots of light.
I understand the whole superego thing, but you're going to Cornell! I think what they offer (at least financially) is better than anything anybody has to offer. I think Cornell already has their sh*t together in terms of Disability issues, which is awesome, while here, I can see I'll be doing a lot of educating. UMass, on the other hand, went way down in my esteem when I learned about the Clark School for the Deaf, which is oralism only and no Sign Language. That's the extent of the Five Colleges' relationship to the Deaf. That's so important to me. I think I'm supposed to be here at least in part because it's so close to Gallaudet in D.C. The Deaf experience is such a big part of my writing.


Franz Knupfer, author of short stories and novels


sibyline


Mar 29, 2006, 4:04 PM

Post #67 of 161 (3318 views)
Shortcut
Re: [franz] Meetup and more... [In reply to] Can't Post

hey franz.

it's gorgeous here. i visited on a weekend so i only got to see the hopkins campus, which reminded me so of harvard that i had a mini-panic attack, so i think it best that i'm going to cornell. i was talking to one of my friends about the fact that we applied to those two schools and you got accepted to one and me to the other. she was like, maybe they decided that there could only be one person writing about disability in each program. ha ha.

hmmm.... shame on umass. does the previous sentence make this post at least marginally topical?

chinatown bus is cheapest. just google. it's $35 round trip i believe.


clarabow


Mar 31, 2006, 1:34 AM

Post #68 of 161 (3280 views)
Shortcut
Re: [gussy] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

My roommate is DYING to know if anyone besides Franz has decided to turn down UMass? She's on the waiting list and it might be her only option...


fionayale


Apr 5, 2006, 12:34 AM

Post #69 of 161 (3229 views)
Shortcut
Re: [gussy] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

This is going to sound reallylllylllylly random...but I'll give it a shot:

Has anyone ever done an MFA at Amherst and then gone on to do an MFA at Iowa?


rocky_fona


Apr 5, 2006, 1:54 PM

Post #70 of 161 (3196 views)
Shortcut
Re: [fionayale] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

I'm not sure if it was in here or in the Waiting Game that someone asked about the negative aspects of the UMass program...but someone in the Indiana thread reported that they transferred from the MFA program at Amherst to the MFA program at Waren Wilson...so if you have questions about UMass, he might be a good guy to talk to.


(This post was edited by rocky_fona on Apr 5, 2006, 1:55 PM)


davidjoseph


Apr 6, 2006, 1:31 PM

Post #71 of 161 (3154 views)
Shortcut
Re: [clarabow] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

I think I posted this before, but I just called UMASS and turned down their offer to study fiction. I hope this frees up space for your friend.

Amherst has a cool downtown street, but Northampton is where it's at. Great music. I recommend just about any show at the Iron Horse.


oliviasfortunes


Apr 7, 2006, 4:15 PM

Post #72 of 161 (3116 views)
Shortcut
Re: [gussy] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

I've been in at Amherst for a while now and still don't know what to do. I know we don't find out for sure until the 14th, but I'm really confused about funding.

Can anyone help me out, here? I'm going crazy trying to figure this thing out. Do we get to teach creative writing? What is the stipend? What if we have to look outside the department for funding? How much does it cost to live in Amherst? I don't have a car...so I probably can't live far from campus, huh?

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it lots!


heatherchristle


Apr 7, 2006, 5:23 PM

Post #73 of 161 (3108 views)
Shortcut
Re: [oliviasfortunes] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

A few answers:

1. Creative writing jobs are available. (You must first complete a certain number of lit classes and workshops, as well as submit a class proposal/syllabus.)

2. I forget what the stipend amount is. (I'm not teaching this year.) Most people find it adequate. I'll ask, though, and let you know.

3. There are lots of ways to get funding outside the department. A good bet would be to contact other departments and ask them what positions they have available. I have one friend who's teaching science writing and loves it. (They are also giving her summer funding.)

4. Amherst is a little more expensive than Northampton. It's also full of college students and lacks good music venues, independent cinemas, etc. You should (I think) live in Northampton. You won't need a car; there is a bus to campus which is free for students. It runs often. I am paying $450/mo to live in a 2 bedroom with a roommate. You should check out the off-campus housing site. It's full of listings. Should give you a sense of what to expect.

5. The program is superb. Jim & Dara are good, good people. Chris Bachelder is going to be fantastic. So many good readings. So much good jubilat and Wave Books and Slope. Be excited.

Hope this helps.

Heather


oliviasfortunes


Apr 7, 2006, 5:28 PM

Post #74 of 161 (3102 views)
Shortcut
Re: [heatherchristle] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you, Heather Christie!

Do visiting writers come to UMass during the semester???

I am getting really excited now!


heatherchristle


Apr 7, 2006, 5:49 PM

Post #75 of 161 (3091 views)
Shortcut
Re: [oliviasfortunes] UMass (Fiction) Questions [In reply to] Can't Post

Yes, there are a number of series that go on.

The Visiting Writers series is held on campus at Memorial Hall. People who have read (or will read) this academic year include David Ohle, Tomaz Salamun, William Gass, Russell Edson, Eleni Sikelianos and George Saunders. Usually the reading is preceded or followed by a Q&A session, which can be pretty entertaining.

The jubilat/Jones series is held upstairs at the Amherst public library. Recent readers include Dean Young, Tony Hoagland, Terrance Hayes, Jen Bervin, and my mind is going blank. These readings are also followed by a Q&A.

Amherst Books (the very, very good bookstore, though to be sure there are many, oh my god, Troubadour Books will floor you) has readings. Lidija Dimkovska read recently (such a pretty new book, from Ugly Duckling), as did Loren Goodman. They also lend their space for LiveLit, the UMass MFA student readings. Every few Fridays 3-4 poets and writers from the program read their work while the audience drinks beers that cost $1. At the first-year reading (rather a jam-packed evening) there was even musical accompaniment. It was really something.

Smith College, in Northampton, has readings as well. Let's see, Gary Snyder and Charles Bernstein spring to mind.

I am probably forgetting some things.

First page Previous page 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Next page Last page  View All

Main Index » Writing and Publishing » MFA Programs

 


P&W Newsletters

Sign up to receive our monthly email newsletter to stay informed of the latest news, events and more.

Click to Sign Up

Subscribe to P&W Magazine | Donate Now | Advertise | Sign up for E-Newsletter | About Us | Contact Us

© Copyright Poets & Writers 2011. All Rights Reserved