Elspeth Woodcock Macdonald, Long Island University

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Serendipity brought me to LIU’s MFA creative writing program. My husband worked at LIU and, after a thirty-year teaching career, I joined an inspiring poetry course; the professor invited me to apply to the program. I held my breath. Could I handle this? This program is terrific. And I’m fussy. Have had courses all over (State University of New York, New York University, Bank Street, and Project Zero at Harvard). And I’ve had brilliant teachers at LIU. One important aspect of this program is the mixture of students in class from different concentrations, such as rhetoric, literature, fiction, professional writing, playwriting, and poetry. The students are talented writers, prime movers (some start magazines), and they’re warm—to a gray head, yet.