Mar 18, 2008, 4:53 PM
Post #1908 of 2979
I have to agree. I teach extension courses, so I have students preparing for the MFA in my courses each quarter, and I wrote recs for seven students this year. Two of my students got in almost everywhere they applied, and I wasn't surprised. Their work is polished, complex, and readable. One is going to Iowa, and the other is torn between the Michener and Irvine.
Re: [whataneatgirl] Colorado State
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My other students have talent, but their work at present is less fully formed. This is not a condemnation. The first time I applied for MFA programs, I was rejected by my undergrad alma mater (The New School), which stunned and bruised me (and yes, I was fool enough to apply to only one program). The director told me that I lacked seasoning, not talent, and I came to see his point in retrospect. I shelved the MFA idea for about five years, writing on my own and in workshops, and had a much better result the second time around. The writing apprenticeship is a long one, and some applicants will be further down that road. Doesn't mean you can't get there, too, with equal time and effort.