Monday, January 28, 2013

In Which I Have Lunch

So, as mentioned on my 2013 Goals post, one of the things I plan to do this year is to seriously consider getting my MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.




Lucky for me, I was invited to a luncheon at Hamline to learn more about their low-residency program. I thought about not going, but then Twin more or less smacked me upside the head and told me I should go and I realized she was right and I was mostly just trying to be lazy.

So anyway, I went to the event on the 19th. And man, am I super glad I did!

So the way the low residency works is, you're assigned a mentor (a published author) who works with you the whole year. You have a packet, which is, more or less, monthly assigned work. And then twice a year you attend an 11 day residency at the campus.

The luncheon event took place during one of the days of the current winter residency, so the prospective students (me and about 8 others) got to sit in on two of the lectures, then have lunch with some of the faculty, alumns and the director of the program, and then we were invited to stay for the rest of the day.

The lectures were great (I'll probably post more on them next week with specifics) and there were about 45 students currently enrolled in teh MFAC program. And it was clear they were an awesome little community of writers. And I totally want to be part of it.

Lunch was great. Well, the food was no big deal, but I sat next to a girl who also wrote YA novels so we talked a lot, and then we got to ask questions of the faculty and director.

When lunch was done, myself and two others walked out to our cars together (none of us had planned on staying) and the three of us talked about how awesome the program seemed. I know for me, it made me wish that I was already enrolled.

So as it sits, I'm pretty sure there's a high probability I'll be applying for the MFAC program for the 2013 winter semester. I'm sure I'll have a lot more to talk about in the future.

12 comments:

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Aren't you glad twin made you go? Now, don't lose that enthusiasm!

Maria Zannini said...

I'm glad Twin smacked you (to go) but the program sounds expensive. At least you can stay off campus.

Can't wait to hear more!

Kristin Rae said...

So great you decided to go to the meeting--sounds like you are nice and fired up to go! Hope it all works out for you!

Johanna Garth said...

Twin is right. You should totally explore this. And an MFA is much cheaper than law school...which is the route I took!

Patti said...

It seems to me that you never really regret going to those kind of meetings.

Nate Wilson said...

Hooray for not giving in to laziness! (Albeit with a little help.) If you decide to go for the MFA, I wish you the best of luck.

As for me, I think I need to get myself a Twin to properly motivate me. Nah, that's too much work.

Matthew MacNish said...

That's awesome that it went so well Sarah!

Hannah Kincade said...

I'm still bummed I didn't get that invite. Grrrrr...

LD Masterson said...

I hope everything falls into place so you can do this.

Annalisa Crawford said...

Sounds like a very productive lunch. And great you could attend lectures, it gives you a much better idea than just hearing what it's like.

Jamie Gibbs said...

Sounds like a blast - go for it, Sarah!


Jamie @ Mithril Wisdom

Teebore said...

Glad you it ended up working out for you. Once you get into the thick of it, you'll have to let me know who some of the faculty with which you're working are.

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