Chomping at the Bit in Indianapolis writes...
What is your advice for a writer who truly feels READY for graduate level work, and would like to go ahead and apply for the Low-Res MFA at various top schools, preferably skipping the B.A. altogether?
My situation: I am a 37-year-old returning undergrad at IU's Indianapolis campus. At the senior level, I've completed one year as a creative writing major, with intensive workshops in fiction and nonfiction. I am also doing an independent study in poetry. I have published one poem (online mag), one story/essay (Mississippi Review online), and placed an upcoming essay in Alimentum. I've won local awards at the college level. I've also received a scholarship to the IU Writers' Conference, which I attended last week, and got an enthusiastic, voluntary offer of an MFA recommendation letter from Richard McCann, my multiple-award-winning workshop leader, in addition to strong rec letter commitments from my school faculty. AND I already do professional freelance design, writing and editing for the crafts industry. Working independently is my strong point, easily demonstrated.
I am beginning to see my time as an undergrad as wasted and frustrating. Please help with any advice you may have.
Chomping, I can see your frustrastion, but there's one issue that's going to be a huge problem: You're not going to find many MFA programs who accept students without undergraduate degrees. If any, really. It is a masters program.
So, my advice: Hang in there. If you're a senior this year, then you can go ahead and apply anyways, right? Change your reading list. Shake things up. Push yourself this senior year and make the most of it. Rock on.