Dear writers, As summer comes to a peak, my personal time has become more and more limited. Raising a toddler, running my own small consultancy and writing my first book means that I must say goodbye to this project. And unfortunately, I will not be able to get the audio lessons off the ground-- my… Continue reading Goodbye
2018 Application Season!
Hi friends, The 2018 application season is fast approaching! Many of you are creating a list of schools and starting to think about the personal statement and what work you might send out. In working with writers over the last eight years, I've accumulated an abundance of helpful tools and advice on crafting the personal… Continue reading 2018 Application Season!
How to Write a Personal Statement
The personal statement is an opportunity to present yourself in a straightforward and authentic way. It's like sitting down one-on-one with a faculty reader for 5-10 precious minutes. The personal statement features your voice, background, interests, facility with language, and creative heart and pursuits. It may sound generic but this is your chance to illuminate your… Continue reading How to Write a Personal Statement
Interview with Lauren Grodstein of Rutgers University
Lauren Grodstein is the author of five novels, including the New York Times bestseller A Friend of the Family and the Washington Post Book of the Year The Explanation for Everything. Her most recent novel, Our Short History, published in 2017, has been listed in Oprah's Top 20 Books and Flavorwire's Book of the Month. She directs… Continue reading Interview with Lauren Grodstein of Rutgers University
New School Added: West Virginia University (Morgantown)
The West Virginia University (Morgantown) has been added to our growing list of fully funded programs! "Our stipend is $15,650 with an additional $1000 for the first year (because we begin with a two-week pedagogy session)," says Program Director Mary Ann Samyn. Find out more about the school and see if it's a good fit for you.
New School Added: University of South Florida (Tampa)
The University of South Florida (Tampa) joins our growing list of fully funded programs. "All University of South Florida MFA students receive three years of full funding (tuition remission, stipend of $13,084, and health insurance) and are eligible for university travel grants," says Rita Ciresi, Director of Creative Writing. Stay tuned for an interview with… Continue reading New School Added: University of South Florida (Tampa)
New School Added: University of Maryland (College Park)
New School Added: Rutgers Camden
Hi All, Rutgers University at Camden is now part of the official list of fully funded MFA programs. For the first time this fall, Rutgers will be offering full funding for all students along with tuition remittance and healthcare. This is great news-- the more fully funded programs, the better! I'm in correspondence with a few… Continue reading New School Added: Rutgers Camden
Thanks to all of you for your input on the stipend ranking. I've updated the list to include the average rental pricing for a 1BR in the city as well as a link to a more comprehensive cost of living website for each city. My intention is to give you a quick glance at how viable… Continue reading Program Stipends
A New Minimum Standard?
This month, I was interviewed by The Writer Mag about Affording the MFA and its offerings for its May/June issue. But it got me thinking about the minimum stipend, which was set at $9K in 2012 to include a broader listing of schools. Since 2012, more programs have cropped up, and stipends have increased, even… Continue reading A New Minimum Standard?