Jan 27, 2011, 1:10 PM
Post #2264 of 2587
hi! i graduated from spalding's low-res program fall 2005. i knew, my entire life, that i wanted to write novels and be published, but was not able to attend college until late in life. at 44 i enrolled at IU East, graduated in 2000 at age 48. kicked around the idea of an MFA, and when spalding's program opened (3 hours from me) i took it as A SIGN. - i enrolled in 2003 (but i graduated before the summer residences abroad were offered, so can't address that question). is this a fun trip with writing on the side? i think that's how your question was worded. this is a REWARDING trip with writing as the focus. all day, every day and into the night. it was fun for me in the sense that i enjoyed being immersed in writing, and i made many new friends who share my passion. many of those friendships continue today, and these friends understand the highs and lows of the writing life. they are my support system, and i try to be as supportive to them. you can get the nuts and bolts of the program on spalding's website, but i'd like for you to know that spaldng's program was life-changing for me. the one-on-one mentoring is priceless. yes, my BA was in english and creative writing. yes, i was a good writer with that. BUT spalding tipped the scales and made me a better writer, and i've been successful. this, however, did not happen magically, but with hard work. spalding, and my mentors, fine-tuned my skills. i love and respect all my mentors - in particular, kenny cook has been my inspiration in being relentless about submitting my work. i've built my credits slowly, with short stories in literary journals, and in 2009 won the leapfrog literary contest and my first novel, BILLIE GIRL, was published. i know none of this would have happened without spalding. this is not to say that other low-res programs are not good ones. but if someone asks me about my experience, i cannot say enough about spalding's quality program, whether you study fiction, creative nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, etc. - and writing is explored in conjunction with music, and art - cultural events are part of the program. i could go on for hours. if anyone would like to email me personally, you may do so via my website, www.vickieweaver.com, and it's firstname.lastname@example.org just put SPALDING in the subject line please.
Re: [lmorris] Low-Residency MFAs
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i hope i've answered most of your questions. and by the way, i happen to be in louisville today (my home away from home), to attend a book signing for the program director, sena naslund, whose vision for the spalding program is to nurture every talent, and that is the reason for its success.