Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Road to MFA: The Shortlist (waw)

In case you haven't figured it out by now, I'm in the market for an MFA in Creative Writing.

I've been researching low-residency programs, because I don't think I can afford to just wander off work financially. My undergraduate degree is in foreign languages so I don't see anyone giving me an internship to teach Writing or English, and if I get a loan now, it may prevent me from getting one for my Doctorate.

Low residency programs generally require you to go to a 10 day residency once or twice a year, and the rest is done online.

Here are my top choices. so far, along with the reason I chose them.

1. UBC- University of British Columbia, British Columbia
one optional residency per year, translation as a genre, 7 genres to choose from
3.0 Undergraduate GPA is required (I have a 2.7)

2. University of New Orleans
one residency a year in MEXICO!!!, literature courses
The residency lasts a whole month and Mexico would a pain to get to from Japan. Plus they ask for GRE (ARGH!)

3. Rainier at Pacific Lutheran University (Washington).
One residency a year, $8700 USD/yr including residency accommodation, Washington is easy to get to from Japan.
Takes 3 years and getting to Washington, after my return to Barbados, would be pretty difficult.

4. Spalding (Kentucky)
Summer semesters are all over the world, Possibility of funding
Residencies are at odd times (late May, November, early March) and I'm a teacher. Plus, the summer semester plan takes 4 years. Spring and Fall residencies in Kentucky (from outside the US, Kentucky is a pain to get to.)

5. Vermont College of Fine Arts
Possibility of dual concentration with translation, fantastic program
To get to Montpelier, VT I'd have to fly to NYC or BOS and take a bus, or fly through one of them to Burlington, and still take a bus.

So that's my top 5. I'm not applying until August at the earliest and I won't start until next summer, but I get carried away pretty easily! :)

1 comment:

JewliaGoulia said...

Theirs nothing wrong with being excited and prepared! :)

This list is pretty awesome, there is a lot to think about!

I am excited for you!