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AgedAgedMan
Ruth Shannon

Oct 5, 2011, 1:37 PM

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Hi everyone -- I'm new to the Speakeasy. I'm applying for MFA programs in fiction and I was hoping to get some advice from the group here at P&W. I made the decision to apply fairly late in the game, so I've been cramming in many hours of research over the last few weeks and hope to have my list of schools finalized within the next week or so. I'm trying to get a range of locations (I've lived in and around NYC my whole life and am ready to go somewhere else for awhile) and program sizes. Ideally I will go somewhere that's more studio- than literature-oriented, supportive of a range of writing styles, where I can get some teaching experience and hopefully some funding along with it (although funding is not my number one concern at this point -- if I make it to that bridge I'll cross it), with a nice sense of community among students and in a nice town where I'll be happy to live for a few years. Beautiful scenery is a big plus, as is any kind of travel opportunity included in the program.
Here's my list. Can those of you who have lots of knowledge and experience in this area let me know if this seems like a good group, and if there are any obvious places I'm overlooking?
Definitely probably: Boston U, Emerson, U of New Hampshire, U of Michigan, U of Wisconsin, Washington U St Louis, Hollins, U Texas Austin (English Dept), U of New Orleans, U of Arizona, U of Washington, U of Montana, Colorado State.
And/or also maybe possibly: U of Iowa, U of Indiana, U of Kansas, U of Alabama, U of Wyoming, Bowling Green State, U of South Carolina.

As you can see I'm planning on applying to a lot of schools, as I really really want to get in somewhere. I would greatly, greatly appreciate any feedback or advice on this list. Also if anyone has been to any of these schools, by all means, let me know what your experience was like! Thanks a million!


(This post was edited by motet on Aug 9, 2012, 7:03 PM)


whitnee111
Whitnee Thorp

Nov 3, 2011, 8:55 AM

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Hello! I am going to be applying for 2012 MFA programs. I am currently teaching in China...so my access to some websites is limited. I wanted to know if anyone could suggest any good MFA programs (good funding, and no gre requirement)...that is in a smaller town (hippie, artsy, unique...lol), and is somewhere on the east coast, the south or in the midwest...I do not want any west coast schools. Any help is greatly appreciated!


pdunn


Nov 11, 2011, 1:20 AM

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Haven't been on here in a while. I'm currently a first year MFA student at Stony Brook Southampton (New York). I'd be happy to answer questions about the program if anyone is interested. Send me a PM here.

Our program is a little different than some others. We have classes in Southampton (Eastern Long Island) as well as in Manhattan (where I take my classes). Students don't need to declare a specific focus. That can be a turn off for some people, which I get, but I like it. I'm primarily a fiction writer -- that's what I'm focusing on -- but there are a lot of opportunities to take workshops in other genres. I'm taking a playwriting class next semester, which should be interesting.

I wanted to get my MFA in New York for personal reasons, but I've been surprised at how plugged in everyone is to the literary scene here (one of my teachers is an ex-Fiction Editor from the New Yorker and was Editor-in-Chief at Random House). It's not for everyone, especially if you're looking to get an MFA in a place where you can hide away from the world and only write for a couple of years. But the trade off is being in NY at a program with state school tuition and a solid community.

Sorry if this sounds like a sell. Just trying to offer some info.


umass76


Nov 16, 2011, 7:02 PM

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New MFA-related website: The MFA Research Project


emilychristine
Emily Sims

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Nov 17, 2011, 9:02 PM

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Hi Whitnee!

Teaching in China? That sounds amazing! I've compiled a schools that I thought might be a good fit for what you're looking for...


Georgia College & State University
Iowa State
University of Kansas
UNC-Wilmington
UNC-Greensboro
SIU-Carbondale (I love Carbondale. My parents are from there, and it's a great college town IMO).

Just a few ideas. I hope this helps!




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elissa
Elissa Field


Feb 1, 2012, 6:22 PM

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Here's an article just out on Ploughshares website that gives a very level headed answer to whether or not an MFA is one's best bet: The Great MFA Debate... by Speakeasy's own Eric Weinstein, right Eric? It's worth a read.


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ericweinstein
Eric Weinstein


Feb 1, 2012, 10:09 PM

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Yep—& thanks, Elissa! If y'all have any questions/responses/ideas/&c, please feel free to comment on the blog or post here.


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maybemd


Feb 12, 2012, 10:50 AM

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Just an FYI: Penn State has shut down its MFA program, due to lack of funding.
http://www.centredaily.com/...m.html#storylink=cpy


silkentent
Margaret DeAngelis

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Feb 12, 2012, 2:50 PM

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Just an FYI: Penn State has shut down its MFA program, due to lack of funding.
http://www.centredaily.com/...m.html#storylink=cpy


I thought this decision had been made some time ago, but I see that according to this article they downsized the program (taking it to two tears instead of three) in 2009 instead of eliminating it. I live in Pennsylvania, about 90 mins from the main campus (where this program resided) but never looked at it seriously, since it didn't seem all that attractive.

Cuts to education in general and arts funding in particular are deeper than ever in Pennsylvania this year. Individual artist grants have not been offered for at least two cycles for prose (prose alternated with poetry).


Margaret DeAngelis
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motet
Dana Davis / Moderator
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Aug 9, 2012, 7:13 PM

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The application season for 2013 is approaching and choosing the right MFA program can be a difficult and sometimes agonizing decision. There are so many choices to be made when it comes to the type of program, cost, location, and duration. Which is best, a full-time program or a low residency? Is it affordable? How's the funding? Will you be freezing cold for most of the year or sweltering in the humidity? Can you spend three years or only two?

This topic is a good place to start answering these questions and others.


Click on this link to view Choosing an MFA thread 2009 - 2011

For a complete listing of all the active topics in this forum as well as our archives, click here: DIRECTORY - Topics in the MFA Forum

Good luck to all 2013 applicants!


Mitchimus
mitchell tillison

Aug 20, 2012, 11:56 PM

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Until this afternoon I was absolutely confident I would get into a program somewhere. But then I found out that a classmate in my creative writing undergrad had not been accepted anywhere. I considered his writing some of the best in our program, so that news came as a shock. Now it's made me determined to learn as much as I can about my target schools to be more effective in writing my LOIs and choosing the right writing sample for the write school.

So I beseech thee Speakeasy forum-land, is there anyone here that knows a thing or two about the professors or programs at New Mexico State, University of New Mexico, University of Utah, or Colorado State? And is there anyone here who has, or know someone who has, earned an MPW? And if so how has it served him/her in the field?


kvly
M J

Aug 21, 2012, 10:48 AM

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Hello fellow applicants! I am nervously putting together my applications for MFA Fiction programs that start next year. I have narrowed down my list of schools (thank goodness), so just wanted to share my list.

University of British Columbia
University of Guelph-Humber
Cornell University
New York University
University of Iowa
University of Texas - Michener Centre
Indiana University
Syracuse University
University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

I have asked three people to write letters of recommendation. One is a published fiction writer who I workshopped with; one is a professor (not a writer) under whose supervision I wrote a creative thesis (part of a novel); and one is a professor who I was close to and took one undergraduate course with. The latter is actually a poet and writing workshops are available at my alma mater because he kept pushing for them.

Anyway, looking forward to connecting/sharing with fellow applicants!


AbbigailRosewood
Abbi Nguyen

Aug 22, 2012, 5:43 PM

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Hi there! I'm applying for Fall 2013 as well. I hope this forum gets used more often.
Here is my list. It also includes the deadline for application. I know it's a lot but I have heard of people not getting into any school so better safe than sorry. I've started working on my SOP and personal statement. Hope to hear from the rest of you out there.

No GRE:
University of Michigan- jan 1
UC Irvine- Dec 15
University of Minnesota (3yrs)- Dec 1
University Iowa - jan 3
Syracuse- jan 1
Columbia- jan 4, 2012
University of Massachusetts- Dec 15
University of North Caroline Wilmington- Jan 1
Portland State University-jan 3
San Francisco State University- dec 15
Oregon State University- jan 6


GRE:
Cornell Uni- dec 15
NYU- dec 18
University of Notre Dame- jan 2
University of Oregon oct 15-jan 15
Boston University-
UC Davis- dec 1
Uni of Washington- jan 2


nmomo
Noah LeBien

Aug 29, 2012, 11:21 PM

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New to Speakeasy, I have a few perhaps unnecessarily specific questions. Each school I've requested information has given me what seems like the bare minimum of info... maybe I'm just too picky.

Anyway, I'm currently attending a Great Books school and I've always been really into classic lit. I'm mainly interested in poetry. It seems like a lot of mfa programs' classes are geared around mainly contemporary authors; I was wondering what mfa programs, if any, cover a broader timeline so to speak for their required reading. For example, I've read that Michigan has a required reading list or something that covers what would be considered English classics - something broad like that.

In the opposite direction, I suppose, I haven't been able to figure out much info about Bard College's mfa which is very interdisciplinary and artsy. They have a reasonable amount of info on their website, but I haven't read any first-hand accounts of what it's like. And with Naropa University's Poetics program, they seem pretty unique, but I have no idea what it actually consists of. Is there anyone who has attended or has any more in-depth info about these programs? None of the Best MFA Program lists seem to even mention them.


tdr
T.D. R

Sep 24, 2012, 6:32 PM

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Sorry to say but I don't have exact information on your program in question, but can commiserate with getting no information. I emailed about 20 schools I'm looking into and got very little information that way. I tried calling grad admissions at my said schools once I had narrowed the list to about half of them, and even some of the grad admissions could not give me any information. I had to talk to the CW MFA department if they had one, or English Department. That's probably the best people to start contacting to get information.


dahosek
D. A. Hosek
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Sep 25, 2012, 7:08 PM

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As a general rule, graduate admissions are departmentally based. It's radically different from the undergrad case where the admissions office rules. Your best point of contact is always the department.


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dahosek
D. A. Hosek
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Sep 25, 2012, 7:14 PM

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Both Bard and Naropa have had alumni in the prize anthologies, Naropa had two in Best American Poetry and Bard had one in Pushcart, so that's some indication that these are higher quality schools.
Bard is a rare bird among low-residency programs in that it provides funding to a majority of its students.
In my notes on Naropa, I have "Cross-genre experimentation is encouraged and no genre declaration is required of incoming students." as well as a note that assistantships and scholarships are available.

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In the opposite direction, I suppose, I haven't been able to figure out much info about Bard College's mfa which is very interdisciplinary and artsy. They have a reasonable amount of info on their website, but I haven't read any first-hand accounts of what it's like. And with Naropa University's Poetics program, they seem pretty unique, but I have no idea what it actually consists of. Is there anyone who has attended or has any more in-depth info about these programs? None of the Best MFA Program lists seem to even mention them.



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tdr
T.D. R

Oct 8, 2012, 5:31 PM

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I've contacted a lot of programs because I don't have a job, therefore do not have the funds for application fees. I also am only looking into programs that do not require the GRE. So far here is where I am applying :

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor
Hollin’s University in Roanoke, Virginia
University of Massachusetts in Amherst
Southern Illinois University in Carbondale
University of California (either San Diego or Irvine -- as I'm not sure if both would give me a fee waiver?)
I will probably also apply to Cleveland State University.

I'm kind of scared because I've lurked around on peoples blogs about MFA programs and have seen people go as far as to apply to all the fully funded, and only get accepted to one. I don't want to have to wait a whole year to do the applications all over, and really I'm not interested in trying to trying to apply to other schools for any major outside of the English/Writing hemisphere.

So I'm looking for some "safety schools", preferably that have a fee waiver and does not require the GRE. But I would be interested in MFA or even MA English/Writing programs safety schools as long as they do not require the GRE. I prefer a brick and mortar college, not online or low res.

Or if anyone knows any programs that help with application fees besides McNairs?


(This post was edited by tdr on Oct 8, 2012, 5:32 PM)


bighark


Oct 16, 2012, 5:34 PM

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There's no such thing as an MFA safety school. Just saying.
If you want to increase your chances of admission, then your best bet is to look at newer programs and programs that do not waive tuition. Even then, the application process will be competitive.
Anyway, you're going to have to do some legwork to find schools that will be willing to waive your application fee. They're just not going to make that information plainly available. However, if you can prove that paying the application fee would be a financial hardship, I think you'll find that many places will be willing to work with you. But that's going to require a lot of work on your end. And you'll find that the bar for financial hardship is pretty high.
Good luck


acalmbefore
Amber


Dec 9, 2012, 6:10 PM

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Hello all,

I'm currently applying to:

U of Houston
U of Texas (MA in Creative Writing)
Texas State
Louisiana State
U of New Orleans*
Ole Miss
U of Alabama
Georgia College
Irvine
Iowa

*personal top choice, although I would be delighted to attend any of the programs. I've visited UNO, met with staff, and read the most from their faculty. In an attempt to unload some of my crazy, I have to say that I hope they love me as much as I love them. How do you get that across in an SOP without begging? ^_^

I've opted to send in a novel excerpt and a short story. The short story has been my bread and butter, but my novel is what I want to develop, so I thought both were a solid choice. I've gathered differing opinions considering the etiquette for submissions, so I'm going with my gut. What is everyone else sending in?

Also, I wanted to know if anyone is applying (or has applied) to the above schools? Come March/April, I'm sure we will all be buzzing.

Good luck everyone!
Amber


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TonyB79
Tony Baker
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Dec 10, 2012, 11:06 AM

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I'm looking at applying to MFA programs for fall 2014. (Yes, I know. It's quite a ways off, LoL). I live in the Cleveland area, and was wondering if anyone knew anything about the NEOMFA program. Most especially - are they amenable to genre writers?


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tyrante
Nathan Goldman

Feb 24, 2013, 12:43 AM

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Hey, guys! I'm not actually considering applying to programs until next fall (I'm currently a college junior), but I was wondering if anyone had any advice for programs (either MFA or MA) especially known for combining intensive creative workshops with a lot of rigorous critical work. In addition to normal literature classes, I'm particularly interested in aesthetics, philosophy of literature, literary theory, etc., and ideally I'd like a program that not only emphasizes both the creative and the critical, but also addresses the intersection of the two. Thanks!


alamana
Jennifer Brown


Feb 24, 2013, 6:03 PM

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Hey, guys! I'm not actually considering applying to programs until next fall (I'm currently a college junior), but I was wondering if anyone had any advice for programs (either MFA or MA) especially known for combining intensive creative workshops with a lot of rigorous critical work. In addition to normal literature classes, I'm particularly interested in aesthetics, philosophy of literature, literary theory, etc., and ideally I'd like a program that not only emphasizes both the creative and the critical, but also addresses the intersection of the two. Thanks!


When I asked a similar question at a writers' conference years ago I was told to look at Brown. That was 5 years ago though . . .


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SailorSapporo
Alejandro Morales
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May 15, 2013, 5:47 PM

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Thanks for this. I never considered SUNY as an option, but if there are Manhattan classes, I would definitely consider applying. I wanted to throw my hat in the ring for City College and Hunter as well.

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Haven't been on here in a while. I'm currently a first year MFA student at Stony Brook Southampton (New York). I'd be happy to answer questions about the program if anyone is interested. Send me a PM here.

Our program is a little different than some others. We have classes in Southampton (Eastern Long Island) as well as in Manhattan (where I take my classes). Students don't need to declare a specific focus. That can be a turn off for some people, which I get, but I like it. I'm primarily a fiction writer -- that's what I'm focusing on -- but there are a lot of opportunities to take workshops in other genres. I'm taking a playwriting class next semester, which should be interesting.

I wanted to get my MFA in New York for personal reasons, but I've been surprised at how plugged in everyone is to the literary scene here (one of my teachers is an ex-Fiction Editor from the New Yorker and was Editor-in-Chief at Random House). It's not for everyone, especially if you're looking to get an MFA in a place where you can hide away from the world and only write for a couple of years. But the trade off is being in NY at a program with state school tuition and a solid community.

Sorry if this sounds like a sell. Just trying to offer some info.



erikadane
Erika Kielsgard

Sep 1, 2013, 8:56 PM

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Hi there!
I began my research for the MFA (poetry) in January and am still compiling a list of schools. I've found a well of information concerning programs that offer full or partial funding, including blogs detailing lesser-known schools, etc., but I haven't found too much written on programs with a focus on visual art collaborations/opportunities to take visual art courses. I am really interested in collaborations between writer and artist (i.e., ekphrastic) with an emphasis on artistic community. Thus far I have dug up Vanderbilt, Purdue, VCU, UC: Riverside, University of Minnesota, and Mills in Oakland, CA. I am a Virginia resident and concerned with funding (pretty set on applying to fully- and mostly-funded programs). Any advice is greatly appreciated. And, this is a long-shot: in addition to writing poetry, I am interested in poetry therapy and workshop facilitation for anxiety/depression. Has anyone heard of an experimental MFA within this line of thought?
Thank you so much,
Erika

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