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pongo
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Sep 1, 2013, 9:25 PM

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For cross-media programs, I suspect that Columbia College (in Chicago, not Columbia University in New York) might have something along those lines. And Cal Arts is the kind of school that might do that.


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erikadane
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Sep 1, 2013, 10:33 PM

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Thanks so much! Cal Arts is out of my budget, but Columbia College looks great. I'm adding it to my list.


Ali Unal
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Sep 13, 2013, 9:27 AM

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Hello fellow applicants!

I have been preparing for the Fall 2014 Submission, and I have a question about the critical papers.

Some schools, namely Cornell, Purdue, Ohio, Arkansas, Mississippi, Iowa State and Virginia Commonwealth, require a critical/academic paper of at least 10 pages along with the creative sample. I wonder if you have any information or guess regarding how it is supposed to be. I have a bachelor degree from Engineering, therefore I am not well equipped to produce an academic paper. So, I would like to know if I have a herculean task ahead of me.

Can you please shed some light on this, please? And if you have any paper you submitted before, I would very much appreciate if you can share it.

Thanks in advance
Best of luck!
Ali


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Sep 13, 2013, 9:36 AM

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If you feel you are "not well equipped to produce an academic paper," I suggest not applying to programs that have a strong critical component.


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Ali Unal
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Sep 13, 2013, 9:37 AM

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Yes, that is the road I should (and will) probably take, but I thought it won't harm to know something more about this requirement. Perhaps to read one or two.


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karinr
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Sep 13, 2013, 1:34 PM

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Critical papers are very broad, but typically involve analysis of a book or two. I'm working on my critical thesis and have found two books to be helpful in tone: "How Fiction Works" by James Wood and "The Lost Art of Reading," by David Ulin. Also, the Georgia Review publishes critical essays; I loved their Spring 2013 issue. I would recommend starting with that.


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Ali Unal
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Sep 13, 2013, 3:39 PM

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Thank you, that's very helpful. I have just checked, and I think I can subscribe to online edition of the magazine. I'll look into it and the books.

Cheers.


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dahosek
D. A. Hosek

Sep 16, 2013, 11:09 AM

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Critical papers are very broad, but typically involve analysis of a book or two. I'm working on my critical thesis and have found two books to be helpful in tone: "How Fiction Works" by James Wood and "The Lost Art of Reading," by David Ulin. Also, the Georgia Review publishes critical essays; I loved their Spring 2013 issue. I would recommend starting with that.


I really wish I'd've had the opportunity to read James Wood as an undergrad (except that he wasn't publishing in the 80s). He's a great model for writing critical essays. For models of more craft-oriented pieces, I'd point people at Prime Number Magazine which runs craft essays in each on-line issue.


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karinr
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Sep 16, 2013, 12:34 PM

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I've been tearing through Wood's book with pen in hand. I love it that he's not afraid to take an opinion, and his first sections with his sideways look at point of view have me shouting "Yes! This!" as if watching some sport.

Could also suggest Poets & Writers' craft essays, which are not really critical essays but give insight into how books and stories are written.


alamana
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Sep 16, 2013, 12:59 PM

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James Wood's book is the only one that has ever helped me understand how third person narration works. It was assigned reading in one of my MFA workshops. We discussed free indirect style in that class, and you could see the lightbulbs going on over heads. I'm not a big fan of "how to" writing books, but How Fiction Works is a gem.


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dahosek
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Sep 16, 2013, 4:51 PM

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I've not read that particular Wood. The Wood that I read was more on the critical side of things, The Irresponsible Self. For craft, a couple books that I'd recommend would be Josip Novakovich's Fiction Writer's Workshop and Robert Boswell's The Half-Known World. (That latter, I've just realized, I omitted from my works cited for my MFA critical paper whose first iteration I turned in last night... I'll have to fix that when I get home before I forget).

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Oct 11, 2013, 12:41 AM

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Check out the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In addition to encouraging the kind of experimentation you're describing with visual art, they have an art therapy program.


TonyB79
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Oct 12, 2013, 12:49 AM

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Just wondering if anyone knows what the funding situation is like (size of stipends, etc.) at the NEOMFA program in northeast Ohio. In particular, I'm curious if anyone knows which consortial school is best to go through - Kent State, Youngstown, University of Akron, or Cleveland State - for the best chance of getting a teaching assistantship. Tips will be much appreciated!


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DHouston
Dwayne Houston

Oct 23, 2013, 12:42 PM

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I've scanned a few of these threads and Seton Hill seems to be the top recommendation for someone seeking a low-residency program for genre fiction/popular fiction.

Does anyone know of a FULL-RESIDENCY PROGRAM that are friendly toward Genre Fiction? I'm not looking to take a course in it, but it would be nice to submit story chapters from a vampire novel (yes, I said vampires...) and not be given the stink eye.


TonyB79
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Oct 23, 2013, 1:05 PM

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Try Rutgers in New Jersey or Rosemont College in Philadelphia. I've been in touch with the program directors at both schools, and they've assured me they have writers in their program of all genres.

Brown and North Carolina State are rumored to be pretty amenable as well, but I haven't actually spoken to anyone there. As for low residency programs, U.C. Riverside and Stonecoast at Southern Maine have sci-fi, fantasy, and urban fantasy writers on their faculty, and Stonecoast, Seton Hill, and Western State Colorado University have actual emphases in writing popular fiction. The Red Earth program in Oklahoma City seems pretty hospitable as well; one of the faculty members even lists in his bio that he enjoys exploring the boundary between popular and "mainstream" fiction, and in fact is "not even sure they are actually two different kinds of writing."


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DHouston
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Oct 23, 2013, 1:32 PM

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I did my undergrad at NC State and took a few creative writing courses. Also, I'm friends with a few alums. Never considered it before as I would rather broaden my horizons and check out somewhere else. But, I'll ask them about the program and see what they say.

Rutgers and Rosemont might be my top contenders. I'll look them up. Thanks for the tip.



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TonyB79
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Nov 7, 2013, 1:50 AM

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Question: I keep seeing Wichita State being mentioned as a "well-funded" program, but according to what I saw on their site, they only offer an 8k/year stipend. Is that really livable in the Wichita area? What are the teaching load and faculty like?


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DHouston
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Nov 7, 2013, 3:47 PM

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I checked out craiglist ads for rooms to rent for Wichita, Kansas and they look pretty affordable. $250-$500. I wasn't able to find any information about teaching load.


TonyB79
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Nov 7, 2013, 4:19 PM

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Ah. I live in Dayton, where you can get a 1-bedroom for $325, if you're lucky (average at an actual apartment complex is probably $450). So that DOES sound reasonable. $8k/yr - $4,250/semester, to be precise - still seems awfully chintzy, though, and far below most other programs that I've heard described as "well-funded," which usually go at least 12. Unless they fund during summer semester, of course, but I've heard that's rare.

Anyway, it's kind of an odd situation, since what I saw on their site didn't seem all that promising... but what I'm hearing elsewhere and around the web is just the opposite; not specifics, but just generally good vibes. I was just wondering if anyone else could elaborate a bit.


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I guess I'm just a good man.

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