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als02


Feb 20, 2009, 6:09 PM

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Congrats, ka2009! Btw, how were you notified?


ka2009


Feb 20, 2009, 6:22 PM

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I actually found out from the Olin Fellowship committee about being a finalist. Then I called the program to make sure I was in, and they confirmed. The mail here is really slow, so I probably won't get the official letter for a while.


Khalilah


Feb 20, 2009, 6:47 PM

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Dear unsaid, eet2, jamie and corkey,

Thanks for your responses. This is all enlightening.


insertbrackets

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Feb 20, 2009, 8:31 PM

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I will reply because I enjoy talking about myself!

What genre are you in?
POETRY Y'ALL

Which schools were you accepted to?
So far, Ohio State University and the University of Florida

How long have you been workshopping/writing seriously?
I believe I wrote my first poem when I was twelve, but I took my first real poetry workshop as an undergraduate in the spring quarter of my first year. That would be 2006?

Are you published?
No I have not been published in any magazines of note.

What did you do to prepare your pieces for your applications?
I am currently writing a creative writing honors thesis, which I have been working on since last spring. Most of the poems I submitted in my manuscript were from that project. They had been revised heavily, each having gone through probably four to seven revisions.

Were you an active part of the writers' networking communities/did you meet influential people at the schools before the apps?
Yes. Two of my closest friends and teachers at UCLA are Stephen Yenser and Calvin Bedient, both well known poets and critics. Additionally, I met W.S. Merwin, Henri Cole, Jay Wright, Ralph Angel, Mary Jo Bang, Rae Armantrout, Cole Swensen, and David St. John. Mind you, aside from Yenser and Bedient, the others I met briefly either before or after readings in private conferences. I am meeting Timothy Donnelly next week btw. Yes, I am a braggart and I make no apologies!


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Khalilah


Feb 20, 2009, 8:46 PM

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BIG OLE CONGRATULATIONS!!


whyGA77


Feb 22, 2009, 1:42 PM

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Got a call on Saturday from The New School and I'm in for fiction!

This was the only school I applied to this year because they offered to roll over my app from last year because I was wait listed in '08. I'm SO happy being accepted after being rejected by 7 schools last year, but how am I going to pay for TNS tuition and New York living when I'm already broke working full-time in Virginia?!

Does anyone have any words of wisdom for someone thinking of moving to New York in this economy to go to a school with a high tuition? I haven't applied for fin aid yet, but I plan to this week.

Thanks everyone!


unsaid78


Feb 22, 2009, 2:10 PM

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No advice, whyGA, just a big CONGRATS! I hope you get some sort of funding from TNS.


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Khalilah


Feb 22, 2009, 3:16 PM

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The New School -- Congratulations for getting in by the way -- the professors are greeeeat I hear -- TNS has a couple of scholarships. If its not too late you should apply for those. Also, yes, financial aid. You can get up to $28,500 in federal loans and your finaid officer should figure your budget at btw. 40-50K+ so you should get all of those loans. Remember to ask your finaid officer for work study -- grad students can qualify as well. If you establish NY residency then in your second year you can also get TAP, which doesn't give you much money but will give you something and its free money -- yay. If your credit is good you can also get private loans or get jobs. The cool thing about New York and TNS is that since NY is the city that never sleeps you can get jobs at odd hours like 4-12 or midnight -8am if you want to take daytime classes and if TNS is like the rest of the New York MFAs, they should have a fair if not copious number of classes taking place after work hours so you can work during traditional hours. Substitute teaching pays $147/ day and substitute paralegaling pays $90/day (find out more through teachnyc.com -- http://schools.nyc.gov/TeachNYC/default.htm). All you need is a b.a. for the substitute teaching.

Although when the economy gets bad the legal and bank jobs diminish they are out there -- especially for third shift: legal proofreading, freelance paralegal (if you have a b.a. with a good GPA they'll train you to do that) Do you know Microsoft Office, Powerpoint? You can work as a freelance legal word processor or do powerpoint for the banks -- good money - $20-30/hr. This is just the stuff my friends and I have done. There's plenty more. You can even get a job in Atlantic cities and go down on weekends to work at a casino. Financially it may not be the easiest but if you get over the idea of having your own apartment or living close to school (choose Brooklyn if you can but you may have to got to Washington Heights, the Bronx or New Jersey. I personally like Staten Island but that may be too much of a commute for a new york newbie).Okay, anymore you can reply or pm me.

And, ouch, this hurts to share, but I will: every body knows that MFAers can apply for the Javits fellowship right -- there said it, gimme points for community spirit. LOL


(This post was edited by Khalilah on Feb 22, 2009, 3:19 PM)


IrisAnn

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Feb 22, 2009, 5:08 PM

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First of all, congratulations to EVERYONE for all these acceptances. I am so for 1 for 1, but am waiting to hear from 6 or 7 schools. With bated breath.

My question is: a lot of the people I personally know who are getting into programs are having the programs offer to fly them out, all expenses paid, to check out the school/town/classes/professors/etc. Is this common practice for an MFA program? What can we expect? The one school I got into made this offer, but if it is rare, what does it mean? If it's common practice, wonderful!

Thanks guys.


unsaid78


Feb 22, 2009, 6:20 PM

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Congrats on your acceptance, IrisAnn! 1 of the 3 I've heard from was willing to reimburse a plane ticket and was planning actual visitation weekends. 1 school didn't mention it at all. The other has all expenses paid recruitment trips for people who get a certain fellowship, but doesn't sponsor trips otherwise and doesn't have formal visitation weekends or anything. I think it just depends on the school.


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Josh Diamond


Feb 22, 2009, 9:12 PM

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Dear unsaid78,

In response to your earlier post:

what genre are you in? Poetry

which schools were you accepted to? So far: U of Pitt and Rutgers-Camden, but still have six schools to hear from

how long have you been workshopping/writing seriously? Since Fall 2006

Are you published? I have been published in numerous journals most notably: The Allegheny Review, Arsenic Lobster Poetry Journal, and Keyhole Magazine. I have won one poetry competition (Wick Poetry Center Undergraduate Scholarship Competition), and have been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. It is hard to get published (especially as an undergrad), and it takes a lot of work--for me anyway--to send ten to twenty submissions out to various markets in hopes of getting a quality publication. I've learned to deal with rejection (very well).

What did you do to prepare your pieces for your applications? I spent a lot of time on organizing my writing sample. I looked at it as if it were a chapbook manuscript. I agonized over the order of the poems right up until the application deadline for any given program. I don't know if it made a difference, but I'd like to think so. I also had my creative writing mentor read over my sample and give suggestions as to poem order and selection.

Were you an active part of the writers' networking communities/did you meet influential people at the schools before the apps? I live in Ohio, and there is no art community to speak of around here. Most of the workshoppers at my University aren't 'serious' writers, and I found their critiques--on the whole--rather shortsighted. So most of the feedback I've received has come from my professor and various editors who've enjoyed (or not) my work. I was the fiction editor for small press one of my friends started a couple years ago, and I think having that experience certainly appeals to creative writing programs.

I hope this helps, and remember, a lot of schools haven't finalized decisions yet. Don't lose hope.

Also--just out of curiosity--how many and which programs did you apply to? I ask this because I applied to eight total, but their rankings are all over the map.

Best,

Josh



Audreyhurston


Feb 22, 2009, 10:20 PM

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Dear Josh,

Thanks for this feedback. I'm Audrey and posed the question originally. I applied to 15 programs. They are in a way all over the map with the only consistency being that they are all funded programs. Um... I applied to most of the big names that everyone wants to get into and then Kansas, Purdue, Vatech, UNLV, UMissouri-St. Louis, UW-Seattle, AZ State University, Washington University-St. Louis.


sr393


Feb 23, 2009, 1:44 AM

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Congrats, whyGA! I was waitlisted last year from TNS, too. The good news about moving to NYC now is that rents are going down for the first time in years and years. That said, it's still challenging to find an affordable place to live, so give yourself a lot of lead time. I'm glad to answer any questions you have. I've lived in NYC for over 14 years now, and am finishing my first year at New School in CNF.


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batgirl111


Feb 23, 2009, 6:40 AM

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whyGA - If you need any hints on renting in New York, send me a PM. I've lived here for six years and have moved to a few different neighborhoods, so I could probably give a few pointers in terms of cheaper/safer neighborhoods. I had a friend who was in AmeriCorps making about $15k a year and she managed to live in NY, so it is doable...


Khalilah


Feb 23, 2009, 7:22 AM

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Correction to my Original response to WhyGA77? "substitute paralegaling pays $90/day" should be "subsitute paraprofessional pays $90/day" -- for those who don't know para professionals often called "para" are the assitant teachers in the classroom usually assigned to special ed or large elementary classrooms. Also "Atlantic cities" should read "Atlantic City". For those who don't know this is New Jersey's shoretown little Las Vegas.


noby1


Feb 23, 2009, 9:56 AM

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Got a call on Saturday from The New School and I'm in for fiction!

This was the only school I applied to this year because they offered to roll over my app from last year because I was wait listed in '08. I'm SO happy being accepted after being rejected by 7 schools last year, but how am I going to pay for TNS tuition and New York living when I'm already broke working full-time in Virginia?!

Does anyone have any words of wisdom for someone thinking of moving to New York in this economy to go to a school with a high tuition? I haven't applied for fin aid yet, but I plan to this week.

Thanks everyone!



noby1


Feb 23, 2009, 10:28 AM

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Sorry all. In a previous message I reposted the post rather than posting my response. response below.

Congrats WhyGA77! New School is one of the schools I applied to as well. About living in NYC, I have lived in here for two years now and found a reasonable place to live in Brooklyn, in a nice neighborhood even. If you are going to try to live in the city, I would recommend looking in Brooklyn and Queens, as this is where most of the affordable living situations are. Above 150th street in Manhattan can be really nice and affordable also, but it all depends on your noise threshold and what kind of neighborhood you like to live in. What some might dub "authentic," others call unpleasant. Apartments are out there, it just takes a bit of luck sometimes.

Apply for financial aid for God's sake!

Best of luck.


cecilpeoples


Feb 23, 2009, 5:51 PM

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got my first three notifications today:

rejected from south florida (cnf, mail)
accepted to new school (cnf, phone call)
accepted to texas state (f, mail)

does anyone know if tim o'brien is still at texas state? i've searched the internet but can't find a solid answer.


rivera



Feb 23, 2009, 6:07 PM

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Congrats! Two acceptances in one day! You must be feeling good.


loaf

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Feb 23, 2009, 6:32 PM

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Congrats to all of you for your acceptances so far!

I am applying to PhD programs this year, and I just got a letter from Wisconsin-Milwaukee saying I got in! It's my first choice because of proximity to all my family and friends, so I am pretty stoked. The funding thing is confusing, because it said, basically, that I'm on the list for a TAship, but nothing's officially decided yet. Woo hoo!


cjlives


Feb 23, 2009, 8:12 PM

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what genre are you in? Poetry

which schools were you accepted to? Notre Dame and Pitt

how long have you been workshopping/writing seriously? Started writing and workshopping at the beginning of 2006

Are you published? Nope

What did you do to prepare your pieces for your applications? Revise revise revise. Haven't workshopped since the spring of my junior year in spring '07. I think it was helpful for me to be away from workshops for so long because it has helped me understand my own vision and revision process in ways I don't think would have been possible with too much outside input on my work. With that being said, I'm really psyched to get back into a workshop environment.

Were you an active part of the writers' networking communities/did you meet influential people at the schools before the apps? I know a few professors at my alma mater, where I applied for the mfa program. I've been told they are very hesitant to accept alums into the program. Other than that, I don't know anyone at any of the programs I applied to, and I don't think that type of blatant cronyism will gain anyone admission. I'm sure most of these professors can smell that type of ass kissing from a mile away. Seriously, admission is all about the sample so just focus on that.

Good luck everyone.


whyGA77


Feb 23, 2009, 8:44 PM

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First of all, thanks so much for all the congratulations and advice--it really is invaluable to me.

For those of you who have lived in the NY area, would be wise for me to find a place in NJ and commute to TNS? The rent is SO much cheaper and I don't mind not being able to live in the city if it means I'll have the extra money. Also, what's the best way to commute? Do people usually take a bus, the subway...? I'm so clueless.


mollygolightly


Feb 23, 2009, 9:07 PM

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First of all, thanks so much for all the congratulations and advice--it really is invaluable to me.

For those of you who have lived in the NY area, would be wise for me to find a place in NJ and commute to TNS? The rent is SO much cheaper and I don't mind not being able to live in the city if it means I'll have the extra money. Also, what's the best way to commute? Do people usually take a bus, the subway...? I'm so clueless.



Hey whyGA77,

I live in Manhattan. Definitely subway's the way to go here. If you live in Jersey, Jersey City's not bad make sure it's close to the PATH train which is what you'll need to take to get into the city.

I don't mind saying, I live in Manhattan make crap (34,000- that's publishing for you!) and have an awesome rent here in Harlem, 1200 for a two bedroom (I have a roommate). Also, you may want to find a sublet on craigslist first, they're usually cheaper and don't require first and last months rent. Then when you're actually here, you can sort out a more permanent place.

Queens and the Bronxy Bronx are affordable in places. Brooklyn's just as bad as Manhattan but like Crown Heights and even Bedstuy is still affordable. And with the economic downturn, the rents are going down here.

You can pm me if you have any other questions. Happy to help.

Molly


nikkita5286


Feb 23, 2009, 9:51 PM

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Any tips on working the waitlist? Or living with it? :)


thbeard1


Feb 24, 2009, 12:38 AM

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34K?! ha. I guess I've been living rural for too long. That's like a king's salary to me. This is also why I plan on staying in the middle of nowhere for as long as possible...making nothing works around here and it's awesome. I love NYC. But really, in the middle of the midwest, I can get a shit job and live decently and be loving life. Why put up with shit like paying more than 400 (for a nice one bedroom) a month in rent?

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