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[May. 24th, 2005|07:34 pm]
Quarter-Life Crisis


I'm 22 and I will be graduating this January from Queens College, CUNY. I have majored in Comparative Literature and Creative Writing, and also studied Accounting and Math. I want to write, but I need to find a job/career that will help me to support myself and also stimulate my mind.

[User Picture]From: drphungus
2005-05-25 02:57 pm (UTC)

MFA info

Well, I'm only 24 years old, lived in Wisconsin most of my life, so I wouldn't say I have had tremendous life experience yet. Most of my peers are around my age as well, ranging from 22-35 approximately, although there are older students as well.

What is most important is to have a strong manuscript submission. Also, there are many MFA programs out there now, and while it will be difficult to get into the top programs and additionally, get funding if you actually get in, there are smaller programs at universities all over the country that you should try out. I recommend buying the AWP Writer's Program Guide book (http://www.dustbooks.com/) to look up the particulars of each program. Most programs will require you to take the GRE, but there are those that don't, and even if you do apply to a school that requires it, the score doesn't matter--it's just a general requirement of most universities' graduate schools and the MFA program won't look at those scores.

I like my program (I'm at the University of Arizona) and it's good to be in a creative environment again. I haven't been like, "Wow, this blows my mind!" but what it is offering me at the very least is two years of time to focus on my writing. Also, I got full funding, a fellowship, and a teaching position, and so I'm able to subsist okay as a student for the time and do what I want to do.
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[User Picture]From: janice2001
2005-05-25 05:59 pm (UTC)

Re: MFA info

Thanks. I was worried about GRE and age barrier, but now I feel a little easier.
What do you need to do to get a teaching assistantship for the MFA program? Do you have to have a teaching experience, or good grades and good papers are enough?
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[User Picture]From: drphungus
2005-05-30 11:55 am (UTC)

Re: MFA info

It might vary depending on the program, but I had NO teaching experience going in and they gave me one. It might be a factor that is considered in the process, but basically I think funding and assistantships are based on what they think of you and your manuscript quality. Many programs give assistantships to all MFA grad students (and probably in composition, not creative writing) but those might be smaller programs.
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[User Picture]From: j9luvsmozart
2005-06-02 05:52 pm (UTC)

Re: MFA info

Can I just say I'm very jealous that you go to the U of A! I applied there for my PhD in music and the ONLY SOLE professor that would work with me (a limit 1 person program mind you) decided to go on a sebaticle next year so I was denied! *pouts* It's a beautiful school and I love Tucson! :o) Great community!
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