Mar 29, 2007, 11:06 AM
Post #77 of 213
Re: [piratelizzy] MFA General questions
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I joined this site as a recommendation from Kealy's MFA blog, and, Christ, what a great venue! When reading everyone's posting (some instructive, some informative, some hilarious), I adore how we're all passionate about the written word and, of course, it puts a nice smile. After seriously reconsidering my academic career plans with three-years of research (i.e. pondering whether a MA and Ph.D in American Studies or English literature is even worth the effort), I decided to make plans to get an MFA in Fiction. As for preparation, I'm taking various classes through an esteemed creative writing workshop in NYC called, "The Writer's Studio." I plan on taking five different classes through their program, work up a writing portfolio, and possibly use it as a writing sample. Also, on the side, I'm writing book reviews for various literary journals to keep my writing sharp and in shape. So, as for advice, can anyone tell me whether I'm on the 'right' track in pursuit of an MFA? Again, I'm strictly interested in writing fiction (short stories). Also I've researched the schools in where I want to attend (and, of course, it's based on faculty strength, funding, etc). Here's the list:
1. University of Wisconsin-Madison (my favorite writer, Lorrie Moore, as you all probably know, teaches there)
2. Cornell University ('nuff said!)
3. Florida State University
4. Syracuse University
5. Brooklyn College
6. University of Virgina
Once I get a good grasp on craft and technique, I think I'll start focusing on the other grueling aspect: taking the GRE, writing POS, getting LORs, etc etc.
Thanks for listening and, as always, keep on writing!