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MFA Information

 

 

Creative Nonfiction

 

Fiction / Creative Nonfiction Short Stories

Image/Text

 

A Brief History of Visual Poetry: Karl Kempton

 

File:Laocoon Pio-Clementino Inv1059-1064-1067.jpg Laocoön (ca. 200 BCE)File:Laocoon blake.jpgBlake's Laocoön 1826-27

 

Text of Blake's Laocoön

 

 

Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature

Comic Art Collective

Comics Journal

Drawn and Quarterly Blogspot

Dreaming Methods

Electric Literature

Electronic Poetry Center - SUNY Buffalo

Glossary for Sequential Art

Image Comics

Image-Sound-Text

Katchor, Ben / Picture Stories

Kruger, Barbara

Magritte on Words and Images

Messaging is the Medium

Mineshaft

Non-affirmative Painting: Foucault

Patchen, Kenneth: painted and silk-screened poems

....Karl Kemton on Patchen's visual poetry

Ruscha, Ed

.....Interviews with Ruscha: 1. The Believer 2.Telegraph

Scott Mcloud Journal

Sign Generator

Spiegelman at the Virginia Quarterly Review

Text over Image Blogspot

Tuft, Edward

Ubuwebs' Visual, Concrete, and Sound Poetry

Webcomics Nation

Words in Images

Xu Bing: Google image search on Book from the Sky

Xu Bing on the meaning of books

 

 

 

New Media

Conversation Prism

Dreaming Methods: Writing and New Media

New Media Benchmark

New Media Fiction http://newmediafiction.wordpress.com/category/new-media-fiction/

New Media Writing Prize http://www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk/


Cognition https://c1.cognician.com/blog/


The Conversation Prism http://www.theconversationprism.com/

 

 

 

 

Screenwriting and Playwriting

 

Songwriting

 

 

 

 

Creative Writing Workshops, Conferences, and Colonies

 

Spotting A Scam

 

 

Tool Box

 

Getting Published

 

 

Independent Publishing

 

 

Copyright and Publishing Law

 

 

MFA and other creative writing degrees

 

2012 Poets and Writers Program Rankings: These rankings are listed because they are compiled by the most repsected magzine in the field. However, the very notion of MFA rankings is problematic. I warmly suggest that what you want to do your own research. Talk to people. Decide what is important to you? Funding? Faculty as writers and/or as teachers? Location? Contact the place and either current or former students to get a sense of the ecology. Pay a visit if you can. The best place for you is where you will find what you need to do the best work that you can. Everything else matters less.

 

6 MFA Myths

6 More Myths

 

Some points:

 

-The MFA is a terminal degree, allowing the holder to apply for teaching positions at the university level, but it does not guarantee employment. MFA programs are generally very difficult to get into due to a low acceptance rate. According to AWP, an MFA prepares the individual to teach both creative writing and literature at all levels.

 

-The PhD in Creative Writing is usually a literature degree with a creative dissertaion. The AWP does not consider it "the" terminal degree in creative writing. However, for all intents and purposes, one may consider the two degress co-terminal. They can be expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. The the majority of full-time, tenure-track teaching positions still tend to go to MFAs. The number of PhD programs in creative writng has held steady at 30 for better than a decade. There are currently 148 full-resdency MFA programs.

 

 

 

According to Seth Abramson: "The average non-top-50 full-residency MFA is harder to get into than Duke University's undergraduate program. Portland State's full-residency MFA (ranked #52 nationally) is a tougher admit than University of Pennsylvania (an Ivy ranked in the top five of 4,000+ U.S. colleges and universities). So is #78 University of New Mexico. So is #62 University of Idaho. Many of these comparisons stand even if "yield" (the percentage of admitted applicants who accept their offers) is taken into account, as top MFA programs generally boast 75%+ yield.. Creative writing MFA programs compare just as favorably to some of the nation's top graduate schools in other fields. Of the 67 full-residency creative writing MFA programs in the United States with known acceptance rates and applicant pools larger than a hundred applicants per year, 41 (61%) are more difficult to get into than Harvard Law School."

 

-Many creative writing faculty positions advertise for either an MFA or PhD/Creative Writing. It is rare for someone to pursue both an MFA and/or a PhD, but some people have taken that route. At present, it may only make sense to do this if the PhD is in a field other than Creative Wrting. While this may be advantageous for someone pursuing an literature appointment, it does not seem to make much differance in terms of a creative writing appointment. In this area, publication matters more. In fact, several of the finest programs will accept significant publication in lieu of advanced degrees.

 

 

Deciding whether to choose an MFA or a PhD in Creative Writing--or both or neither--is a very personal decision with no simple answer.

 

-A Masters degree with a creative writing concentration is often used as a stepping stone to an MFA program.

 

-Simply, the MFA is a studio degree; the PhD in Creative Writing is typically a degree in literature with a creative component, but programs vary widely.. An MA degree is valuable in its own right and as a step toward a PhD. A Masters with a concentration in creative writing can provide a profoundly imporant grounding for somenone who wishes to go on to earn an MFA. However, it is not likely to improve one's chances of acceptance into an MFA program.

 

Suburban Ecstacies-Seth Abramson's Blog includes excellent articles on MFA programs and related content.

 

On Choosing the Writing Program Best for You: Some good advice from D. W. Fenza, Director of AWP--The Association of Writers and Writing Programs.

 

 

 

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Explore:

 

 

Local Links (Florida, especially N.E. FL.)

 

Back Rack - Journals and Zines

 

Good Places to start:

 

Newpages.com

Poets&Writers Lit. Magazines
Andromeda.Rutgers.edu

Duotrope

LitList-Online Journals
Litmags.org

Luna Park Review

Review Review

 

Zines:

Writers on Writing

 

Kurt Vonnegut on Writing a Short Story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyQ1wEBx1V0

 

">Vonnegut's "How to Write With Ste: http://www.novelr.com/2008/08/16/vonnegut-how-to-write-with-style

 

Jack Kerouac: Writing Lesson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7IeCEvT_CM

 

Jorge Luis Borges: Excerpts from Harvard lectures. Mp3

 

Borges on Writing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo2Eo-G-1sE

 

Ray Bradbury on Writing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgkVNK6ViJk

 

Philip K. Dick: "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later": http://downlode.org/Etext/how_to_build.html

 

Bob Dylan: "The Song Talk Interview": http://www.interferenza.com/bcs/interw/1991zollo.htm

 

Henry James: "The Art of Fiction": http://guweb2.gonzaga.edu/faculty/campbell/engl462/artfiction.html

 

Mario Vargas Llosa: "Is Fiction the Art of Living?": http://partners.nytimes.com/books/98/06/28/specials/llosa-art.html

 

New York Times: A complete archive of the WRITERS ON WRITING COLUMN: http://www.nytimes.com/books/specials/writers.html

 

The Randy Newman Writing Style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUnM5SV9trk

 

Orwell's 5 Rules for Effective Writing

 

Randy Newman on his approach to writing son

 

">To Paint is to Love Again/Henry Miller

 

 

More:

Barthelme samples on the web: Bless you, Jessamyn, and your site.

 

 

Reginald Shepherd's Blog

Lime Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

Background image from "Valparaiso Sketch # 30," watercolor and crayon, 1995, by Mark Ari. c. 1995 by Mark Ari.

Music from "Incidental Music for The Rape Poems by Frances Driscoll," composed by Mark Ari,  c. 2000 by