I graduated from the University of Massachusetts in Spring 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Anthropology focusing on Indigenous Studies, and an Honors Creative Writing thesis.
I took two years of Creative Writing in high school with Jason Farr. I was in three fiction workshop courses under John Hennessy at the University of Massachusetts. I took an advanced workshop through the University of Texas’s extended campus with Tatiana Ryckman. I’m current taking another UT extended campus course, this one on plotting and story structure, with Emily Carter.
I applied for and failed to be accepted to MFA programs for Fall 2016, despite being waitlisted. So I plan to reapply for 2017. See below for updates on my process and for links to resources I’ve been using.
Current MFA Application List
University of Arizona – Tucson
University of Arkansas – Fayetteville
University of Florida – Gainesville
University of Illinois – Urbana-Campaign
Indiana University – Bloomington
University of Kansas – Lawrence
Miami University – Oxford
University of Miami – Miami
University of Michigan – Ann Arbor
New Mexico State University – Las Cruces
North Carolina State University – Raleigh
Purdue University – West Lafayette
University of Texas (Michener) – Austin
University of Virginia – Charlottesville
Washington University – St. Louis
Here’s a list of resources for those interested in MFA programs. I’ll add to this list as I find more resources that have been useful to me.
Poets & Writers Top Fifty MFA Programs List
There’s been a lot of controversy about this list, so I suggest you take it with a grain of salt, but I do still think it’s useful to look over and see how these programs were rated in 2012. You can also find the list for the Honorable Mentions just below top fifty and for the ones under it, though that list is not as thorough.
List of Fully Funded MFA Programs
This blog continues to update with fully-funded MFA programs. It’s missing some, so don’t take it as the end-all be-all of lists, but it’s a pretty great resource.
Tap into the MFA Database
This database is new, but it’s very comprehensive and keeps growing. It’s taken data from the above two sites and from hundreds of user submissions to compile the spreadsheet. Very useful.
List of LBGTQ Friendly Graduate Programs
This is an incomplete list and unfortunately many of these programs are not fully-funded however as a member of the community myself, I appreciate it. Certainly this list doesn’t mean other schools are LGBTQ intolerant, however this is a list of schools that, as the author puts it: “feature LGBTQ faculty and/or encourage students to engage with queer or gender/sexuality studies”.
Facebook MFA Draft Group
There is a closed Facebook group for prospective MFA students. The admins create a new one every year, so just type in on the Facebook search MFA Draft (Current Year) Group and you should find it. If you request to join, you’ll probably be accepted within a couple days and you can enjoy all the many resources this group has to offer.