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Raysen


Jan 3, 2009, 4:31 PM

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Re: [roykofan] Preparing to apply to Iowa [In reply to] Can't Post

The way I read your post, you haven't applied yet.

"I'm diving..."
"and applying..."

I don't know about the other 10 schools, but as for Iowa, the deadline is January 3 (today).


roykofan


Jan 4, 2009, 4:23 PM

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Re: [Raysen] Preparing to apply to Iowa [In reply to] Can't Post

Okay, poor verb tense usage (present progressive?) on my part. My MFA applications have been filled out and mailed (both e- and snail)...what an adventure that was! I believe it was Tom Petty who sang, "The waiting is the hardest part." Incidentally, the Seth Abramson blog link in a previous post was incredibly helpful...


Mae Fields



Jan 6, 2009, 8:35 PM

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Has anyone received their writing sample postcards back from Iowa yet? I've received mine from all schools except Iowa.

M.


Raysen


Jan 6, 2009, 9:55 PM

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I got mine back from Iowa a long time ago. I have since mounted it and framed it and it's now hanging on my bedroom wall.


Mae Fields



Jan 6, 2009, 11:35 PM

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Anyone else receive postcards back? I sent my sample in around Dec. 15th.


Raysen


Jan 7, 2009, 2:06 PM

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As I said, Mae, I got mine some time ago. Seriously. (I wasn't sure if you believed me or not.) Also, I sent my package via certified mail, so I was able to track it on the Internet and know for sure when it was received by Iowa. The postcard was just another (redundant) indicator that they received the package.


(This post was edited by Raysen on Jan 7, 2009, 2:07 PM)


Mae Fields



Jan 7, 2009, 4:46 PM

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Thanks; I believed you. I want to hear from others, too though. I sent mine Dec. 15th, so I think the office is probably just backed up from the holidays and apps coming in.

When did you send yours?

And others? Anyone else with an MIA acknowledgement card?


Raysen


Jan 7, 2009, 6:59 PM

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Re: [Mae Fields] Acknowledgement Postcards [In reply to] Can't Post

Late November.

Not to ask the obvious, but you did send your own self-addressed stamped postcard, didn't you?


Mae Fields



Jan 7, 2009, 8:34 PM

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Yep.


dorchester


Jan 28, 2009, 3:06 PM

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Had to post this link. The Iowa Writers' Workshop gets a little shout out on the Simpsons. Very funny:

http://iowamfa.blogspot.com/


swiviol


Feb 1, 2009, 6:34 PM

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Oy. I don't think I attached postcards in ANY of my writing samples ... a lot of them were online too (Brown, Michigan, etc.).

Is this a common practice - ie, did it say to do this on the application - or just something that people can do if they want to?


unsaid78


Feb 1, 2009, 6:36 PM

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I didn't do the postcard thing either. I think maybe 1 school required it. It is nice to get that extra confirmation, but not required.


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Looks1522


Feb 12, 2009, 4:02 PM

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Re: [dorchester] Iowa Poetry Writing Sample [In reply to] Can't Post

Would anyone be willing to share some of their work? I don't mean a writing sample, or anything like that. Just something indicative of their style.


swiviol


Feb 12, 2009, 4:07 PM

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Has anyone heard from Iowa yet? (fiction or poetry, not creative nonfiction)
I haven't heard from ANY of my 5 schools yet (6 including an MA at one school) and am getting impatient ... :(.


weltanschauung


Feb 12, 2009, 4:15 PM

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Re: [swiviol] Iowa [In reply to] Can't Post

Someone on TSE reported a CNF acceptance at Iowa on Tuesday via snail mail. The CNF program is completely separate from the Writers Workshop (fiction and poetry), though, so that should have no bearing on when fiction/poetry acceptances come out.


Khalilah


Feb 20, 2009, 9:04 PM

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Hi Pongo and others who have attended Iowa or maybe the Iowa summer workshops,

Do you know what people's experiences have been in the Iowa summer workshops. I've noticed that at least for this year, the permanent faculty are teaching the summer workshops and I would like to get the Iowa experience even though they haven't accepted me.

Thanks in advance


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Feb 21, 2009, 7:03 AM

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I took a weekend workshop at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival with Bret Anthony Johnston last year (not sure if he's teaching this year?) and I learned more in two days than in years of workshopping.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


Khalilah


Feb 21, 2009, 7:43 AM

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Re: [alamana] Iowa MFA [In reply to] Can't Post

Thank you Alamana. I'll definitely have to make the summer workshops a priority and now I have to pull myself out of the depression over not getting in all over again -- LOL ...kinda.

Anyway, I have to ask -- please forgive me if you've put it on the boards somewhere already, did you go elsewhere for your MFA?


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Feb 21, 2009, 7:46 AM

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Khalilah -- Nope, I'm in the same position as you. . . busy not getting in. Applied to 10, rejected from Alabama, waiting to hear from the rest.


Be regular and orderly in your life, that you may be violent and original in your work. -- Flaubert

http://www.jenniferkirkpatrickbrown.com


Khalilah


Feb 21, 2009, 7:58 AM

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Re: [alamana] Iowa MFA [In reply to] Can't Post

(hear Stewie's voice in all this): Okay, that's a funny way to think about it. Okay. I just laughed. Okay. Laughing again.


Khalilah


Feb 21, 2009, 9:05 AM

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Alamana,

I really was laughing which is the only thing to do as I wait by the window for the post man with fingers crossed.


roykofan


Feb 21, 2009, 2:06 PM

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I took a week-long workshop with Bret last summer, and it was without question the best writing experience of my life. As popular as the workshop format is, I think it's a deceptively-difficult class to run. When to interject, when to back off, when to re-focus the group...Bret handled all of these issues with an expertise that belies his young age. He has a dry, hysterical sense of humor, yet NEVER allowed the discussion of writers' pieces turn silly or farcical -- every piece was accorded a great deal of respect. Bret is an accomplished writer, yet talks to other writers with an Everyman, we're-all-in-this-thing-together tone. I still communicate with members of our workshop on a regular basis, largely -- I believe -- because of the supportive, collaborative environment Bret created in the classroom.

Having said that, I don't think Bret's teaching at the Iowa Summer Writing Festival this year. :( However, anyone who's interested in studying with him ought to keep your eyes and ears open. I cannot say enough about this guy.


HildaB


Feb 22, 2009, 2:18 PM

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Hi Khalilah,

This is my first post on any MFA blog. I attended the 8 week regular graduate session at the Iowa Writer's Workshop last summer with James Allan McPherson. (This program is separate from the writers festival) The 8 week program was enough to convince me that I need two years to fully develop without work distractions. It was pretty intense, but definitely worthwhile. My writing improved tremendously just from the full focus. At least half my class applied for the MFA program this Fall (about 5 people I think) so we are all in the same boat, waiting! The only other place I applied was Cornell and I haven't heard from them either. I know it sounds crazy to only apply to two programs, but my "Plan B" is to attend more conferences instead of spending big money on an MFA. Good luck on your application! I hope we all hear soon...


cecilpeoples


Feb 22, 2009, 5:42 PM

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roseeview,

do you know what the competition/numbers are for the eight week IWW summer program? as far as being accepted i mean. also, when did you get your acceptance letter? was it long before july? thanks.


HildaB


Feb 22, 2009, 5:57 PM

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cecilpeoples,

My acceptance letter for the summer program was dated April 16th - so mid-April was when it arrived. I heard that there were hundreds of applicants, although I am not sure exactly how that translates to real numbers. There were only 11 in the class, so the competition was pretty high at any rate. Don't let that discourage you though. I almost didn't apply because it was such a long shot, but let me tell you, when that big white envelope arrived, it was quite a thrill.


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