I'm bringing this out as a post so it doesn't get buried.
nisa malli and elisabeth ask:
Are there any programs that allow cross genre work or is it standard to require students to adhere to strict genre guidelines for the duration of their MFA (playwriting and fiction for nisa)? I know Michener has an interdisciplinary program, but just one on the list isn't really a sure bet.
Erika D. said...
OK, a couple of things. As for cross- (or multiple) genre study, look at the University of British Columbia (both the residential and optional-residency programs). Some low-residency programs are flexible enough for some of this, too.
Mike Valente said...
Regarding multi-genre study (if I understand the question correctly), Notre Dame allows its poetry students to take the prose workshop and its prose students to take the poetry workshop. That's the case this semester with both workshops. Also, there are two non-fiction writers under the umbrella of "prose".
Daryll Lynne here:
Purdue also allows (strongly encourages, even) students to take other genre workshops and craft classes, as well as requires you to take an outside art form. For the required class, you can take a playwriting class or dance or painting, etc., or you can take the other genre workshops as your outside artform. This doesn't give you a second art form on your degree, however.
You might look at University of Alabama. According to Anna Mendoza's blog on MFA programs, you can have a multi-genre focus. (And I highly recommend checking out Anna's blog for other program info.)
Anyone else have suggestions to throw out?