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Interview with Tom Kealey, Robin Tung, and Ryan Pittington on The Rumpus


Robin Tung (of Affording the MFA), Ryan Pittington, and I sat down to discuss a few guidelines and tips for potential Creative Writing MFA students. Thanks to The Rumpus for running this. We'll hopefully do this again a few more times. Application season is almost here!

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The Rumpus: How perfect does a writing sample need to be? Are programs looking for potential or polish?
Kealey: It has to be completely perfect.
Okay, just kidding. It does, though, have to be the strongest work that the student has written up to that point. Prospective applicants should place most of their efforts into writing as many good stories, poems, or novel chapters as they can (in the months leading up to the applications). Then, they should seek feedback from friends who are either writers or who are particularly enthusiastic literary fiction readers. Then, writers simply send in the best sample that they have produced to that point.
By simple, I mean it actually is simple, though not necessarily easy. Read a lot; write a lot. Edit well. Get feedback. Finish the writing sample and send it in. In this way, potential students are not only focusing on the most important element of the application, they are actually using the application process to improve as a writer.

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Goodgame Mafia is a gangster shooting game where you are going to fight against your enemies. You will be under the control of a famous mafia family and give decisions in order to keep surviving. You will deal with many messes in order to find your way up t be the best and most afraid gangster in the world. You will make deals with your enemies and we can guarantee that this game will let you have some good time in your spare times. If you are ready to be the dangerous person on the planet then the game is waiting for you.

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Goodgame Mafia

fırat çatak said...

Painting Games

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Painting Games - 6zar online free games is a great place to play Painting Games.

Painting Games

fırat çatak said...

Renegade Racing

Renegade Racing is a stunt racing game where you are able to buy new vehicles such as busses, trucks and so on. It is possible to customize your vehicle in order to go faster and stay on the air more. There are various stages in the game and each stage has different tasks which you need to fulfill while racing with the other vehicles. You can also collect coins while you are racing and spend all of the money on new vehicles, new modifications in order to pass the future stages easily.

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Renegade Racing

fırat çatak said...

War Games

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War Games - 6zar online free games is a great place to play War Games.

War Games

fırat çatak said...

Battle For the Galaxy

Battle For the Galaxy is a MMO game which takes place in the future. Just like Clash of Clans game, you are going to build a base in order to attack your enemies however you will need to defend your area as well. Since the game takes place in the future, it is possible to see many robots and other such technological devices on your base. You need to attack your enemies and create a source for your upgrades and new buildings. You will be training your own army in this great MMO game which we believe you will love it.

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Battle For the Galaxy