Janice Maffei, Stony Brook Southampton

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I sought a program where writing would not be locked down in a narrow routine, overworking a single muscle in poetry, fiction, essay, etc. I am delighted with my selection of Stony Brook Southampton. I'm on the Manhattan track, which allows me access to unparalleled talent, and so close to home! My work has grown through exposure to top tier novelists, playwrights, essayists, and more. Their genuine interest in my work is an unexpected tonic and contributes to a dynamic, supportive classroom experience. My advice to the applicant: Ensure there will be a culture of creativity to propel you and that you will be permitted—indeed encouraged—to grow in unexpected ways.