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Applying only to Stegner. Last day, or rather, last few hours. Panicking as i try to mix and match tidbits of things i've written over the years to have something worthwhile submitting. Any idea what format the files should be in while submitting online? Pdf or doc? and formatting tips would be HIGHLY appreciated.
quixilver,don't those online forms usually let you browse and download files from your computer? Seems like most of my apps asked for .doc or .pdf files. It was pretty self-explanatory. Good luck!Tom
So,just finished all but 1 of 12 MFA applications! Other than sending a few transcripts, nothing left to do. I applied at these schools:Minnesota (nonfiction)Illionis-Urbana (fiction)Iowa (nonfiction)Northern Michigan (nonfiction)Idaho (nonfiction)Montana (nonfiction)Wyoming (nonfiction & fiction)U of Arizona (nonfiction)New Hampshire (nonfiction)Memphis (nonfiction)Hollins (fiction/nonfiction/poetry)Texas (fiction & screenwriting)Feels good to be done. And now that I just finished my final SOP, I think I've arrived at my best version. Too bad the best one is only going to two schools...Tom
@TomDid you apply in all three genres at Hollins?
I've posted before, but my final list has changed a bit now that I'm actually doing applications.Poetry:UMassVirginiaIowaBrownMichiganMinnesotaWisconsinIndiana UMillsMichenerOhio StateHopkins
It feels like I'm being terribly ballsy applying to some of these (silence, Inner Critic!), but this is my list, in order of interest:U of Iowa, Iowa City (nonfiction)U of Michigan, Ann Arbor (fiction)U of Alabama, Tuscaloosa (nonfiction)Ohio State U (nonfiction)Bowling Green State U (fiction)Penn State U (nonfiction)U of Texas, Austin (fiction)Vanderbilt U, Nashville (nonfiction)U of Virginia, Charlottesville (fiction)
Mine are all for fiction.IowaMichiganIndianaMontanaUC IrvineSyracuseNYUBrownCornellVirginiaTexas StateMinnesota
I'm only applying to 2 schools for fiction.Arizona StateArizonaI see people applying to so many schools, but I only want to be in Arizona. I would not enjoy being else where so I am sacrificing..we'll see. I know that it isn't safe applying to only 2 schools, but oh well! We never know...wish me luck!
I'm applying to the nonfiction programs at Wyoming, Montana, Iowa, and UNCW. I'm turning in my materials...soon...ish.
Fiction:NYUAlabamaMichiganColumbiaArkansasNew SchoolBoise StateNew MexicoLouisiana StateMississippiHunterUNLVGeorgia State
Here is my final list for poetry. I had to cut off SIUC, Pittsburgh, LSU and Hollins because my list was getting too long and it was getting too expensive.Washington (St.L)BrownUNC, GreensboroMississippiUM, AmherstIowaUVA CornellSyracuseNYUWisconsin
Alas, just these few (in poetry)...Johns Hopkins UniverityUniversity of Michigan University of IowaIndiana UniversityBrown University
Applying in fiction, and I only have one of ten applications done. Yikes!Ohio StateIllinois-UCMichiganIndianaPurdueIowaFlorida StateHoustonBowling GreenSouthern Illinois-C
Karissa,I did in fact include all 3 genres in my application; the guidelines said to apply in a genre if you wanted, or to send 30 pages of any mix of genres. I think I'm strong in fiction and nonfiction, and I had 2 good poems, so I threw them in, too. I don't consider myself a poet primarily, but the compression and concentration and rhythm carries over to my major genres.It'll be interesting to see how it works out. Hollins seems particularly open to crossing genre boundaries.Tom
For Fiction: PurdueTexas - AustinIndianaIowaNotre DameMichiganSouthern IllinoisIllinoisVandyIowa State
Yea! As of this morning, I am like 90% done organizing everything. Good luck everyone!Here is the list, it's for fiction.ArkansasUNLVArizonaMemphisSyracuseCornellSouth CarolinaKansasBoise StateIowa
Applying to mostly full res, 3 low res.FULL-RES (poetry)WisconsinIllinoisMichiganIowaBowling GreenColumbia College (Chi)NorthwesternMinnesotaLOW-RES (poetry)PacificVermont CollegeWarren Wilson
@TomYes, my boyfriend is currently in the MFA program there, and they most certainly are open to it.
I'm almost finished with half my apps! Yay!.Here's the complete list, all for fiction:MinnesotaColorado StateCornellWashU-STLOhio StateAlabamaIowaUNLVLSUWyoming
Applying in poetry to:Brown UNYUHunterU of New HampshireCornell UUMassSyracuse UPenn State UIndiana UU of IowaU of MichiganAmerica UU of Virginia
Final for poetry (and all submitted on-time!!!)BrownCornellWisconsinMichenerMichiganVirginiaIowa (WW)OregonVanderbiltHoustonIrvineFSUJohns Hopkins
(in fiction)umassnyuunc, greensborova techhollinsuvaiowamemphis
the final list for poetry...austinoregonoregon statewashingtonmontanauniv. victorianorth carolina statenorth carolina, greensborowhew.
I am hoping that someone could answer my question. I am not applying to any MFA programs until next year, but I was curious as to how many students Sarah Lawrence and Hollins accepts for the Creative Nonfiction program. Thank you and good luck to everyone!
Final list [fiction]UNLVSan Diego StateIdahoBoise StateIowaKansasUC DavisWyoming
Right now I live in Brooklyn, but I'm in a position to move almost anywhere in the country next year. Aside from applying to NYU, I'm trying to get out of the city—as much as I love it! I'll add that I'm also trying to take the advice of people on this blog and applying to as many places as I can afford.Poetry Programs:HoustonArkansasWisconsinWashington - St. LouisVirginiaUMassMarylandUNC - GreensboroMichiganCornellIowaSyracuseNYUIllinoisMinnesotaIndiana(and that's the condensed list!)
settled on my list, like, last week:- vanderbilt university- johns hopkins university- syracuse university- university of north carolina, wilmington- university of nevada, las vegas- university of michigan
oh, and mine are all for fiction
Mine is for fiction too.UVAVA TechGeorge MasonHopkinsCornellMichiganUC IrvineBrownIowaSyracuseHollinsOregonUMASSMinnesota
Just Sent In My Applications. All for Fiction.University of UtahPortland StateBrooklyn CollegeNew SchoolSouthern Illinois U. at Carbondale
Really starting to feel the pressure now, and this blog is becoming totally addictive! For anyone interested, I'll be applying in poetry to these schools . . .U of MichiganW. Virginia UPenn State UU of MassachusettsEmerson CollegeBoston USyracuse UU of New HampsireBrown URutgers U, NewarkCornell UU of Iowa Writers' WorkshopVanderbilt U
Year two ... for fictionSyracuseU IllinoisU MichiganIowa ... and maybe ...Emersonand maybe a couple more if I get my self together
soooo I added 2 more schools!!Final list for fiction!!!ASU ArizonaHunterBrooklyn CollegeAlready finished everything for arizona!!!
Fiction-BrownSyracuseMichiganVirginiaMiamiSouth CarolinaIowaColoradoKansasIowa StateMontanaWitchita State
For Fiction:IowaBrownSyracuseNotre DameSouthern IllinoisIllinoisUNCGWash U. St. LouisVirginia Tech
These six in poetry1. U. Mass, Amherst2. Johns Hopkins3. Virginia4. Michigan5. Iowa6. Houston
MY LIST (fiction)UNLVMontana Minnesota Arizona St.Colorado-BoulderUC San DiegoUC IrvineCornellNYUOregonStanford (Stegner)BrownVirginia
Okay, I've never posted here. But I've been reading this blog for the last few months, through the process of narrowing down schools and working out where I wanted to apply. So, the final list, all for fiction, is:1. Michener2. Virginia 3. U Wash4. Washington University at St. Louis5. The New School, NY6. California College of the Arts7. Hollins8. MillsThis probably is not the place to say this, but this is a great blog, really informative and interesting. So.. thanks. And good luck everyone! ^_^
It feels good to finally be able to post this!FictionUniversity of OregonUniversity of British ColumbiaPortland State UniversityUniversity of IowaCornell UniversitySyracuse UniversityUniversity of Massachusetts, Amherst
Hi! My app list for POETRY...WisconsinIndiana MichiganCornellHoustonNYUU. VirginiaVirginia TechIowaSarah LawrenceCUNYSyracuse
final 13 in Poetry. (Maybe I should have picked a less spooky number).Boise StateBrownUniv Colorado-BoulderColorado StateCornellIowaIllinois-Urbana ChampaignMichiganSyracuseUC IrvineWashington State (St. Louis)Wisconsin-MadisonWyoming
just poetry for all of these:umass amherstschool of the art institute of chicagosarah lawrenceemersonboston universitythe new schoolsan francisco statecal artsbrownbrooklyn collegenyucolumbiacalifornia college of the artssyracuse
Genre: FictionNYUCornellJohns HopkinsIowaMinnesotaLSUMcNeese StOle MissMiamiGCSUMemphisVirgnia
For fiction:UCSDUC-IrvineU. WyomingU. MichiganSIUCSyracuseOhio StateBowling GreenBrownU. South CarolinaU. FloridaFlorida StateArkansasArizona StatePurdueIndianaPenn StateWashington U.Minnesota
All in poetryUniversity of HoustonUniversity of California at IrvinePurdueSyracuseUniversity of FloridaUniversity of Iowa
I'm applying to ten poetry programs:Michener CenterVirginia TechBoise StateColorado BoulderColorado StateOld DominionOle MissUniversity of WyomingPenn StateBowling Green StateThe application process is taking over my life. My cats sit on my laptop in protest. I had a dream that I went to the hospital for a cat scan and I came upon a butcher's shop on my way to the test. In the butcher's shop were skinned calves, happily blinking. I wanted to rescue one; but I was forced to accept an intact chicken. Thus begin the stress dreams.
Glad to know I'm not the only one who's freaking out these days! This is my final for fiction:1. Iowa (Writers Workshop)2. Cornell3. Indiana4. Washington U in St. Louis5. Alabama6. Virginia (U of)7. Texas State8. UNLV
Love this blog! Here is my final poetry list.Johns HopkinsVirginia CommonwealthWestern MichiganMichiganIowaUMassNew SchoolColumbia College Chicago
I think I posted this a couple of months ago, but I had to drop one school for $$$ reasons. And if I get even poorer (happening as we speak!), I might have to drop one of the last two. I have 2 done, 8 to go, btw.For nonfiction:IowaSouth CarolinaFlorida StatePortland StatePenn StateHoustonArizonaBaltimoreOld DominionGeorge Mason
first time posting here. took me three months to narrow this thing down, but here is my list (in poetry)wisonsinmichigancornellmontanaiowaminnesotaunc greensborohollinsvirginagood look everyone!
My final list, for non-fiction:U of MinnesotaU of IowaPittsburghOhio StatePortland StateColumbia College (Chicago)Rutgers CamdenAmerican UniversityBennington (Low-Res)Goucher (Low-Res)
FICTION LISTUniv. of California, IrvineNYURutgers Univ. (Newark)Univ. of Iowa Syracuse Univ.Univ. of VirginiaUniv. of New HampshireBrown Univ.
Multi-Genre:University of British ColumbiaHollinsPoetry:University of MinnesotaVanderbiltUC-San DiegoSan Diego StateAmerican UniversityNaropa UniversitySan Jose StateRoosevelt UniversityMills CollegeCCANotre Dame
(applying in poetry)umass, amherstunc, greensboroindianaiowapenn statepurduecornell oregon
Hmm.Fiction:UC IrvineUT AustinNYUCornellSyracuseIowaVirginiaPoetry:MichiganColumbiaUC IrvineIowa
For Poetry:ArizonaSouthern IllinoisBrownPurdueMichiganIndianaIllinoisOhio StateUMass
Fiction:IowaMichiganHunterBrownI know my chance of getting into any of these schools is slim to none but hey, a girl can dream. :)
Can't remember whether I posted before, but here's my final list: New School (nonfiction)Hunter (nonfiction/memoir)Columbia (nonfiction)Hopkins (MA in medical-science writing)and probably UNC-Chapel Hill for journalism...
First time posting here. Am applying to 13 schools in fiction:Minnesota (Twin Cities)UC San DiegoUC IrvineTexasUC RiversideIowaWashington (Seattle)MiamiUIUCMichiganRutgers-NewarkCornellUNLVAfter today, I have 4 more apps to submit. Good luck everyone!
Here is my list:Iowa (duh)Texas AustinTexas HoustonMichigan (Ann Arbor)UW-MadisonBrownU of MinnesotaU of MontanaU of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign)-Oscar
Okay. This is for Poetry.BrownMichiganIndianaUMass(Amherst)New HampshireCornellIowaSyracuse MinnesotaOregonNYUJohns Hopkins
This is my second-time around applying. Only 4 of the schools on this list are schools I applied to last year. Let’s hope I have better luck!In poetry:Virginia TechJHUWisconsinIowaVirginiaIllinoisCornellSyracuseWashington, St. LouisUNLVBoise StateOregonTexas StateArizona
@anthonyConsider keeping SIUC and LSU--they're later deadlines, so you might have more $$ by the time they roll around in 2011. Plus, either program's funding is well worth the app fee!
Hi,Here's my, uh, “lucky” 13 for fiction...1. Rutgers (Newark 02. Virginia3. Cornell4. Brooklyn College5. Iowa 6. UNC, Greensboro7. Syracuse8. Arizona State9. LSU10. UC Irvine11. Brown12. Oregon13. UC San Diego
Oh, I forgot to mention that my genre is poetry.-Oscar
Here’s my list (applying for poetry):IowaMichenerIowa StateUniversity of WisconsinUniversity of MinnesotaNotre DameBoise StateColorado BoulderColorado StateBowling Green StateUNLVLSU
Where did I apply?Nowhere.I'm a writer without an MFA who's not even applying to MFA programs...but that doesn't mean I don't think about the degree and wonder what kind of writer I'd be with one.I recently wrote a blog post about my current situation working as a writer without an MFA and the vague sense of anxiety that makes me wonder if I should hurry up and get the degree...or not.As always, I'm fascinated by reading about other writers' MFA decisions, where they are applying, etc. I wish everyone luck!
Ugh...This whole process has literally consumed my entire fall! Ok, I will be applying in fiction to the following schoolsU of MichiganU of IowaU of MississippiMcNeese StateU of S. Carolina U of MemphisU of MiamiU of VirginiaCornellU of New HamphireEmersonBrown
NC State for fiction! That's the only one, so I hope it works out.
@ Anthony,I'll second Adam's suggestion to keep SIUC and LSU on your lists and that's not just me tooting my own horn. Both programs are well-funded, provide various editorial/ professional development opportunities, and SIUC is just shy of the top 20 in poetry and LSU is just shy of the top 25. Plus, the app fees for those programs isn't bad at all.
(Cont'd @ Anthony re: Poetry list)Additionally, you'll have a more well-rounded application list in terms of selectivity and funding.
I'm taking the two-genre approach, but would probably go to a good fiction program over a good non-fiction one, all things being equal. Anyone else doing this?Fiction:Iowa (Writers Workshp)Southern IllinoisIndianaMontanaKansasBoise StateCreative non-fiction:Iowa ArizonaMinnesotaThe New School
This is my final application list...some are already submitted, others about to be finished:Genre (fiction)IowaUniversity of North Carolina WilmingtonUniversity of Mississippi OxfordVanderbiltUC San DiegoBoston UniversityUniversity of VirginiaBowling Green State UniversityThe only Low-Res I am applying to is Warren Wilson
Putting all my hope into these 5 (for fiction):UCSDSan Diego StateUC IrvineUNLVIowa (my long shot, but figured I had to at least try)
I look at these comments and I'm shocked at how many schools some people are applying to. Good luck to you all, though. Application fees had me limited to three: San Francisco State (my top choice)Portland StateSan Jose State
I'm applying to these schools in poetry:University of FloridaFlorida State UniversityFlorida International UniversityFlorida Atlantic UniversityUniversity of South FloridaUniversity of Central FloridaUniversity of MiamiObviously I'm wanting to stay in Florida. Can't we just all find out already?~Carly
I'm applying to: -Minnesota-Guelph-Iowa-Arizona-New Hampshire-New School-Victoria... All in Nonfiction. I had Columbia on the list but figured it was pointless because, realistically, I won't consider going anywhere if they can't give me funding. I might take New School off the list for the same reason.Anyone applying to or hear about New Mexico?
fiction:cornellhollinsvirgnia commonwealthbowling greencoloradosyracuseiowaw.virgniavirginiamichiganumass
My fiction workshop prof recommended I apply to between 10 and 15. I'm limited by my husband's relocation options, but I hit eight and feel fairly good about my prospects....
Am I screwing myself by only applying to five programs?(Fiction)HunterBrooklyn CollegeNYUMichenerUnviersity of FloridaThe first three are because I should probably stick around here (tho I think any of them would be awesome no matter where I lived). Michener is because I felt like buying 60 lottery tickets. UF is because I felt an almost-mystical pull.
Now, almost done, I finally feel ready to shary this. I am applying to these places in poetry. Good luck all!Wisconsin, MadisonMichigan, Ann ArborIowa, Iowa CityArizona State, TempeNorth Carolina, GreensboroColoado, BoulderVirginia, CharlottesvilleCornell, Ithica
Great choices everyone! Best of luck! Either way, keep writing...
Applying to 13 schools for poetry, listed in order of deadline.MichenerBrown UniversityWashington University in St. LouisCornell UniversityUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUniversity of MichiganSyracuse UniversityVirginia TechUNC GreensboroPurdue UniversityUniversity of Colorado at BoulderUniversity of IowaPenn State
Man, some of these lists are long! For what it's worht, here's my modest fiction list.IndianaIowaJohns HopkinsCornellRutgers CamdenMichigan
Here's my fiction list:PurdueBrownWash U.Southern IllinoisIllinoisNotre DameIowaOhio StateIndianaSyracuse
I'm also applying in poetry this application season.Yikes yikes. No relaxation this upcomingbreak. (It is still finals week here). Not that there ever really isRelaxation over break. Holidays. Sigh sigh.I'm applying to (or have applied to):IowaU of WisconsinU of MinnesotaAnn ArborStegnerAustinBrownUVAJohn HopkinsAiming high or something. I can always re-apply next year. I don't feel a pressure to get in this year.Best of Luck to All,Martin
Assuming all of my recommenders come through for me, this is where I'm applying:Columbia College (Chicago)West VirginiaVirginiaVa TechPenn StateCornellMinnesotaWestern MichiganIowa StateIowa Writers WorkshopUMass
oops, forgot to mention I'm applying to all these places in poetry.
Fiction:BrownU Texas Austin MichenerSyracuseCornellYes, only four. Shoulda typed out the full university name of each one to make it look like a longer list.
Dave, I have the same concern about recommenders coming through. I absolutely hate that we go through all the work of submitting these applications and then it's completely out of our hands as to whether they end up being incomplete. Why do they even need these letters of recommendation anyway? Does anybody ever give a bad one? The whole exercise seems pointless. Sorry for the off-topic rant, but this has caused me a fair amount of anxiety.
@Michael Adams,Surprisingly, some rec letters are not good. I used to intern at the Iowa Review, and while reading rec letters for a poetry contest, I came across a fairly hostile one from a student's old professor claiming that said student was an immature writer and had a lot of growing to do, not to mention a bit of a pain in the ass. Who knows if this is the case for graduate school. I would certainly hope not!
OMG! That's scary...
Amy,That letter sounds like it would say more about the professor writing the recommendation than the student. Generally, there's an unspoken rule that LORs (for anything) have to "recommend". A teacher/ boss/ co-worker etc. can always turn down someone's request if he/she feels that they cannot contribute anything positive (or at least spin words to sound somewhat positive). With that said, also think long and hard about who you ask to write your letters. Will famous person A that you barely know really write you a good letter vs. a neighborhood workshop leader that has known you for years? Is your recommender reliable? Does your recommender really care about you (and students in general)? Is your recommender professional when he/she needs to be? (translation: we're all writers here and we all know that can translate into some big time drama/ craziness).
11 down, 6 more to go!IndianaIowaColoradoMiamiUC San DiegoUC IrvineMinnesotaOhio StateMichiganUVAWash U.IllinoisBrownSyracuseCornelNYUOregon
So...I am not one to write on this type of site, but as I was doing my applications, I used it to procrastinate alot, and it was also helpful with answering some practical questions (thanks..)AND I just finished sending my apps, and want to do something fun to symbolyze it. AND there is something cool about sharing here. All of this to say here I am being a dork and typing the list of schools I applied to. I am a proud dork...(For Fiction) IrvineIowa Writers' WorkshopMichiganUniversity of FloridaUVAHoustonArizona state UniversitySyracuse John HopkinsI know they are all super competitive, but if I don't get in this year I guess that's better than getting in somewhere I don't really want to go to. Keep on posting interesting stuff. !
Oh boy, I have a question. For the others applying to UMich: did you have to send your writing sample early enough so that they received it by Dec 24th since they're closed between the 24th and the 1st? If I sent it after the 24th and I see a "notice" was left at their office on the USPS site, does this mean my application will arrive late and therefore not be considered?
Yes, I just confirmed that I am screwed for Michigan...
Fiction:UGAGeorgia StateUniversity of South CarolinaNorth Carolina StateUVAUniversity of MiamiI'm obviously trying to stay in the South...any other suggestions?
Twin - there are many good programs in the South, including: UF, FSU, Georgia College and State, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss, Virginia Tech, Virginia Commonwealth, UNC Greensboro, UNC Wilmington, NC State, McNeese, LSU... deadlines are approaching, though :)
Thanks for the suggestions, Kaybay. I got a late start this year, so I won't beat myself up if it doesn't work out.
Victoria,Hi, I'm new to the board. I have the same fear as you do about Michigan. May I ask what was on the "notice" that you saw at the office? And why do you think your application won't be considered? Did you confirm that if a package arrives between Dec 24 and Jan 1 it will definitely not be received? Sorry, I'm quite worried as well and would appreciate any extra information!Thank you!
hey, I hope this doesn't sound rude (or hypocritical, since I answered a question here), but questions about deadlines and schools should probably be posted in the mailbag to avoid confusion and clutter :)
Feels good to be done. And now that I just finished my final SOP, I think I have arrived at my best version. Too bad the best one is only going to two schools.Flower to Pakistan
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