I am a recent (2006) grad with a BA in history and little academic
background in English. Writing had been a back-burner hobby during
school since I intended to pursue a law career, so thinking about it
in a professional sense is somewhat new to me.
So, here are my questions: 1. Will the fact that I have only three
English classes on my undergraduate transcript be a problem with my
MFA application? 2. What should I do about programs like George Mason
(http://creativewriting.gmu.edu/) that require a critical literary
analysis as a part of the application package? Do I send a
lower-level English class poetry critique that was received well? Do
I write something completely new? Do I forsake GMU and other
Thanks for the help,
Flailing in Fairfax
I guess it depends on what you want. Do you want a program with a strong literature track? If so, then go for it. Use what you have, as far as the critical writing sample.
If you don't care about the strong lit track, then yes, stay away from those. Most MFA programs want strong readers and writers and the whole, "Does he/she have an English BA?" is not that relevant. Three classes will be fine at most places. Rock on.