Monday, November 15, 2010

Applying to the Top MFA Programs: Back in the Saddle

This is mostly just a place holder, as Round Two is keeping me too busy to document my experiences as thoroughly as last year (probably a good sign).

But I just wanted to note that after my 2009 experience applying to MFA programs, and coping with my subsequent acceptance to none, I am geared up to make a second go of it.

I just re-read the mostly self pep talk I posted back in April, and was pleasantly surprised to discover that I have followed my plan almost to a "T," the three main points of which were:

1. Write two new stories in accordance with my amazing feedback from Driftless House.
2.  Re-invigorate myself by spending the summer in Africa.
3.  Take a workshop taught by Amy Hempel.

As can probably be ascertained by my writings from Africa, my summer adventure was everything I'd hoped it would be.  And I am in love, LOVE, with my class (and Amy Hempel).  But more on that later, including some unexpected turns getting admitted to (and then finishing) the class.

For now, I shall take my leave to continue working on my applications.  The earliest deadlines are December 15, and run through the end of January.  I'm applying to 15 schools this time, and the Michener Center in Austin still tops my list.  Wish me luck!

12 comments:

Chrissy (The New Me) said...

I've got ten on my list this year.

And we're off!

Jim C. said...

Chrissseeeey!

So nice to hear from you! Congratulations to us both on Round Two, eh? I promised myself I wouldn't check into the MFA Blog forum this time until I had at least one school in the bag (lest I give myself a heart attack like I almost did last year). But I look forward to chatting with you there. In the meantime, God speed!

Chrissy (The New Me) said...

I'm trying to stay away from the MFA blog as well. It was not a healthy obsession, but we'll see how long I can hold off. Talk to you soon! :)

lm said...

Wow, just discovered this. I was feeling bad about having 7 on my first attempt. Now am going to go back and reconsider the five that I dropped.

spirecorporation said...

Good luck friend, small steps, big dreams. Live it!

Julie said...

Good luck! I think you are wonderful and they'd be blind fools not to accept you!

MMM said...

Any suggestions for writing teachers (1-to-1) or classes/workshops in New York City or Long Island (non-MFA stuff)?

Victoria said...

I saw your acceptance on the MFA blog, and I wanted to say congrats!! Also, as someone who fears that I may be rejected on my first round of applications, it's inspiring to hear of someone who made such a prestigious program on the 2nd round!

Victoria said...

I also wanted to ask you about the ProWorld program. You can reach me via my blog (don't want to leave my e-mail address up here, where it could be spammed). I'm interested in traveling but am not sure which program to go with. Thanks.

Kat said...

Huge congratulations on your incredible success so far this round! Hope there are many more acceptances to come!

Chrissy (The New Me) said...

Hey old friend!
I cheated and looked at the MFA blog and the MFA facebook group, and saw you already had TWO awesome acceptances. Just wanted to say congratulations! I know how hard you worked and I'm glad that round two has treated you better than round one. Cheers!

Romilda Gareth said...

thanks