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havana5am



Feb 25, 2009, 10:20 AM

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OMG, are you me? I am also in Maryland and went to UM about 15 years ago. I also waste my time a lot. Yes, I'm applying to WW, and a handful of others. I studied poetry with Michael Collier for a semester, then Phyllis Levin. I'm now writing fiction. I thought about applying to my old school, but decided I would never make it if I had to attend class. Good luck to you, Pam!


"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank - but that's not the same thing." -- Joseph Conrad


Sibella
Pam, that is.


Feb 25, 2009, 2:09 PM

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I wish I were you, because it sounds like I'd be about 10 years younger. (Scratch that; I think I really wasn't ready for MFA study until my 40s.)

I had misgivings about Maryland for the same reason--and also because some of what I heard from others suggested that my classes would be full of young whippersnappers jostling to impress. Still, the faculty is great.

Good luck to you as well!

Pam


"What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it." --Richard Thompson


havana5am



Feb 25, 2009, 4:04 PM

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Yeah, I think I was one of them 15 years ago.:) It's comforting to find someone in a similar place right now. I couldn't stay awake past 3 last night. I flushed my eyes with ice cold water several times but it didn't work. If I take a nap during the day I can do better at night, but with a baby stuck to me all day who doesn't sleep much it's almost impossible.

I also tend to work in the Web mode than the Print mode in Word.

McKeldin library was the best place to disappear to, but I really don't miss the school and can't imagine going back there. Where in Maryland are you? I'm in Chevy Chase.

Have you sent out applications to any other schools? (Maybe you've already mentioned something about this..)

Sera


"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank - but that's not the same thing." -- Joseph Conrad


Sibella
Pam, that is.


Feb 25, 2009, 4:13 PM

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My brother-in-law works at McKeldin. I used to work there as well. I remember the birds who lived in the stacks. There's a Starbucks in the lobby now.

I'm out on the Bay, south of Annapolis. It'd still be an OK commute to Maryland. Actually, I'm keeping an eye out for a job there; I'm unemployed, and I'd like to find something part-time to help feed the poetry/MFA habit.

I've applied only to Warren Wilson. All my eggs, one basket. I hope I'm not crushed. I know the chances are slim. If it doesn't work out, I'll figure out what to do next.

What about you? Other programs?


havana5am



Feb 25, 2009, 4:46 PM

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I've recently applied to Antioch, but I can't imagine going all the way to LA for the residencies. Bennington, Vermont, and others. My first choice is WW, of course. I just hope I get in somewhere. Sound desperate? I'm desperate to do something to change my current situation. My life has been stagnant for a while and I'm just sick of it, really. I'm also unemployed at the moment. Quit the corporate scene years ago, then worked as a translator and almost had my big break when I received a grant to translate this phenomenal, groundbreaking Korean novel, but eventually I backed out due to disagreements with my co-translator who wasn't doing any work but whose name had to be included because I'm unknown. I'm not translating anymore. The experience made me ask myself what the hell I was doing interpreting other people's work and not creating my own. Unless I'm as talented as E. Dale Saunders (translator of many Kobo Abe novels) in the field, I realized it's not worth the time and effort. Maybe the same can be said for writing, who knows?!

Oh, the birds. I'm ornithophobic. I remember the birds around campus that tormented me, especially hundreds of them in one tree that I had to walk (run) under to get to the parking garage next to Hornbake.


"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank - but that's not the same thing." -- Joseph Conrad


Sibella
Pam, that is.


Feb 25, 2009, 5:02 PM

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OK, we are the same person.

I'm unemployed and stagnant. A while back, I wrote a biography of the British musician Sandy Denny. Then I had a disagreement with the publisher and the book was repressed. Kind of a big legal mess, and very dispiriting. But, looking back now, it was a great experience, in the sense of the Chinese curse "May you live in interesting times."

I worked as a music reviewer and loved being around other creative people, but I had a growing sense that I should be creating, not re-creating. Then I just started a run of bad luck--some of it for which I'm to blame, some not--that culminated in my watching a hell of a lot of TV and feeling like a failure. That and writing poetry, after years of staying away from it--poetry became a sort of lifeline.

I feel like I couldn't have done this earlier. I was immature, I was inexperienced, I had a whole bunch of life to live before I was ready. Now I'm damn good and ready.

I remember the crows that pecked people on the head outside Hornbake (where I also worked for a time). I have a grudge against that library because it was like a big ol' noisy shopping mall; one day, I overheard someone spoil the ending to one of the Star Wars movies just because I walked too close to the second-floor phones.


"What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it." --Richard Thompson


havana5am



Feb 25, 2009, 9:42 PM

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Wow, a biography. The novel I was translating is based on a historical figure, written in first person, so a fictionalized autobiography. I'm delighted that we have a lot in common. Why not apply to a few more schools? Same deadlines. I'm going to keep my fingers crossed for you. And me. Us. ;)

Did you ever eat at the co-op? I loved their sandwiches and the little plastic containers of exotic tasting food. My "normal" friends hated going there, saying the place smelled funny, but I'd drag them. Sometimes I think about stopping by to get a sandwich, but of course, I never do.



"Let them think what they liked, but i didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till i sank - but that's not the same thing."
-- Joseph Conrad



"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank - but that's not the same thing." -- Joseph Conrad

(This post was edited by havana5am on Feb 25, 2009, 9:44 PM)


Sibella
Pam, that is.


Feb 26, 2009, 12:32 AM

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Yup. I had a hippie friend who worked there--in the Reagan years--trying to "raise tofu awareness." I liked the burritos. I don't think it's there any more; my brother-in-law said that nearly every one of our college haunts in the Student Union is gone now.

If I don't get into Wilson, I'll broaden my perspective next go-round. I probably should have paid more attention to Bennington and Vermont, since they were so highly touted. In fact, I should probably go to some town I hate, not Asheville, so I won't be distracted by culture, restaurants, friends, etc., during the residency.

I have my fingers crossed for us both!

Pam


"What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it." --Richard Thompson


havana5am



Feb 26, 2009, 1:13 AM

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Are you working on the essay right now? God, I want to go to bed. I'm doing something crazy, which is why this application still hasn't left my hands.







"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank - but that's not the same thing." -- Joseph Conrad


aimeegloworm


Feb 26, 2009, 7:42 AM

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Hi, I've been reading the forums this go around and have just decided to jump back in. I've applied to Queens, Antioch, Bennington, and USM (Stonecoast). I was accepted early into Queens (2/2) and the director has given me until April 1st to confirm. Does anyone have information about Queens? Also, has anyone heard from the other schools yet? I did not apply to WW because I want to focus on CNF.

Good luck to all out there!


jaywalke


Feb 26, 2009, 9:32 AM

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Does anyone have information about Queens?



I'm in my third semester at Queens for fiction, currently working with Jane Alison. Feel free to ask any specific questions you may have. If you'd like to email a CNF student, I'd bet I can find one for you.

I'm thrilled with the program, and so is everyone else in it that I know. We stay in close, almost daily contact via Facebook, email and now Skype, and count down the days until the next residency. The worst thing about the program so far is the realization that we'll have to graduate and leave eventually.

You've already talked to Fred, who is the main gear that makes the workshop system successful. He has an uncanny talent for hiring faculty who are not only accomplished, but are also excellent teachers, and that is coupled with his ability to match student needs to faculty strengths.


Sibella
Pam, that is.


Feb 26, 2009, 10:39 AM

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Plug away! Time's a-wastin'!

I'm about to give mine a last readthrough and then drive up to FedEx/Kinko's to do the final printing and send it out.

Good luck to you. I'd offer help offline, but I don't think either of us has much time for that now!

Pam


"What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it." --Richard Thompson


Joe A. I.


Mar 2, 2009, 11:03 PM

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Wondering if anybody has the inside scoop on Pacific University's acceptance rate?


shesarainbow116


Mar 5, 2009, 2:28 PM

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I've been following this thread (silently) throughout my application process. True to form, I sent in all my applications last minute despite agonizing over them for months and months. (I applied to Warren Wilson, Bennington College, Vermont College, and Lesley).

Imagine my surprise to be accepted by Vermont this afternoon, fewer than seven days after the application left my hands! It sounds like they have rolling admissions, but still, that's quick! Needless to say, I'm thrilled. Jeanne, you make the program sound extremely appealing. Thank you for your insights.

I'd be interested to see others update as they hear from programs they've applied to for 2009. If others are being accepted to Bennington and Warren-Wilson, I'd love to hear about it.


Roxaboxen2


Mar 5, 2009, 4:20 PM

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If anyone else is curious about application response times, check out this MFA blog, which shows when the first person is notified within each genre at each school

And I'll be going to Vermont, so maybe I'll see you there! I was very wary of MFA's due to a recent poor experience, but Vermont was happy to put me in touch with a number of faculty and alumni and students whose intelligence and enthusiasm renewed my excitement for pursuing the degree . . .


shesarainbow116


Mar 5, 2009, 4:33 PM

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Hi Roxaboxen! Thanks so much for the link - I had seen it a while back when I first began researching, but of course forgot all about it now that it is actually relevant! Very helpful.

So glad to hear you chose Vermont and that you found everyone surrounding the program to be so enthusiastic - Vermont does sound wonderful.


Sibella
Pam, that is.


Mar 6, 2009, 2:08 AM

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No acceptance by Warren Wilson yet (ha!) but I received this message from the admissions office:



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I'm writing to acknowledge receipt of your application.

Please keep in mind that we do not have rolling admissions this means that all of the manuscripts have been sent to the readers at the same time. You can expect a response approximately 3-6 weeks from today.


That was two days ago. So it'll be around tax time.


havana5am



Mar 6, 2009, 10:37 AM

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I got acknowledgement emails from WW, Bennington, Pacific, Vermont, Antioch. Just now I finished talking with the director from Queens University of Charlotte. My first acceptance.


"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank - but that's not the same thing." -- Joseph Conrad


aimeegloworm


Mar 6, 2009, 11:45 AM

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Hi! Congratulations. I was accepted into Queens on 2/2. I just received my Antioch acceptance yesterday. I also applied to USM and Bennington...Waiting on those two to make my choice. I hear Queens is awesome! I like the idea of going into a young program.


spiderland


Mar 6, 2009, 12:04 PM

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Awesome and congrats!

I've gotten acceptances from Vermont and Queens so far. Still waiting on the rest.

Regarding the comment about Pacific acceptances, I saw a note on the TSE blog that they seem to be starting to notify right now.

Also regarding the comment about Vermont - I agree, they definitely make you feel welcome, and the feedback from alums (from the references and elsewhere) seems to be very positive. Definitely a tough choice to make right now.


Sibella
Pam, that is.


Mar 7, 2009, 12:22 PM

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Congrats on Queens! Hope the news continues to be good.


"What I wanted to hear didn't exist, so it was necessary for me to go out and create it." --Richard Thompson


havana5am



Mar 7, 2009, 2:37 PM

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Thanks! It was my safety school. The real waiting begins now. Hope everyone gets into wherever they most want to go.


"Let them think what they liked, but I didn't mean to drown myself. I meant to swim till I sank - but that's not the same thing." -- Joseph Conrad


noby1


Mar 9, 2009, 5:10 PM

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Thanks! It was my safety school. The real waiting begins now. Hope everyone gets into wherever they most want to go.



noby1


Mar 9, 2009, 5:11 PM

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All,

Got a call from Vermont this morning and I am psyched. I have heard such great things about the program. One problem, however, my wedding day is during the first summer residency. Does anyone know if the low res format at Vermont allows one to defer for a semester? Vermont is the school I want to go to considering the feedback everyone gives it.

Thanks.


spiderland


Mar 9, 2009, 5:28 PM

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Yes, you can defer your admission, if you wish (it is written on the Enrollment Agreement). Out of curiosity, when is VC expecting your decision and deposit? For me, it's the 13th (this Friday), and I have yet to hear from a few other schools (yikes!).

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