MFA Preschooler asks:
Hi Tom, I am a junior in H.S., regional (and maybe National) Winner of a Scholastic Gold Key and American Voices Award for my short story. Among other courses and workshops, I have taken dramatic writing at NYU, fiction at University of Chicago and I am waiting to here from the N.Y. Writer's Institute for a fiction course this summer. I am anxious to find out what is best for me to do for undergraduate work to prepare me for MFA. I am a National Merit semi-finalist,(maybe finalist), 3.8/4.0 GPA, 1380 SAT and 31 Act. My question is:--
In your opinion, what schools would give me the best preparation for grad school for writing? I like all writing except poetry and journalism.
Thanks for writing in MFA Preschooler. I'm hesitant to push you in any direction as far as undergraduate goes. You may very well keep writing as your main focus, and if so, good for you. But undergrads often change interests and focuses, so I think the key is first, finding a good school for you overall, and second, finding a school with a good writing program. I don't think you should go across the country just for a good undergraduate writing program.
So, send us the list of the schools you're interested in overall, then we'll give some feedback, writing wise. Rock on.