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The Low-Residency MFA Handbook: A Guide for Prospective Creative Writing Students Paperback – Jan 13 2011

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Necessary read for those consiering a low-res MFA program! Jan. 23 2011
By Rhonda S. White - Published on
Format: Paperback
Within less than a day of receiving this reference text, I'd read it cover-to-cover, not simply because of my looming application deadlines, but because it answered so many of the questions that have been circling my brain since deciding to attend a low-res MFA program. Yes, I'll admit I've spent over three years intermittently researching low-res MFA programs, narrowing and expanding my target list, but if this book had been published sooner, much of that work and note-taking would have been unnecessary.

I'd already read Tom Kealey's text, "The Creative Writing MFA Handbook," but this text greatly expands that and narrows the focus to low-res programs. It was encouraging to read comments by faculty, directors and alumni of the programs, and it helped me to scratch off a few of the programs on my list for which, only a few days ago, I'd been preparing application packets.

An MFA is huge investment in time and money, so it's important to find the program(s) that best suit your needs. May's discussions on teaching philosophy, format, residency community, pedagogy (or lack thereof), and even life after the MFA held priceless information that helped to direct me to programs that will best fit what I need and desire.

Highly and strongly recommended to anyone considering a low-residency MFA program. Kudos to Lori May for putting together such an informative, concise piece of work!
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excellent resource Sept. 8 2012
By desiwriter - Published on
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Found this to be an excellent resource and the only full-fledged book available on low residency programs, especially in the US. Strongly recommend reading to those considering low residency MFA. HUGE thanks to Lori May for writing this book.
helps you decide if MFA is for you Feb. 12 2014
By SunshineAndRain - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
If you're thinking about making the big commitment of a low-residency MFA, check out this book. It's mostly valuable for those people in the early stages, that is if you're deciding whether to apply and if so, where to apply.
An Essential Book for Prospective MFA Students Dec 12 2013
By Tasha Cotter - Published on
Format: Paperback
Lori has created a comprehensive resource for anyone thinking about attending a low-res MFA program. The book is full of great information.
Finding a Low Residency MFA in Writing Program Nov. 29 2013
By Joy Gaines-Friedler - Published on
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
A wonderful guide for anyone working their way through the MFA low-residency world. Lori A. May has done her research and made it easy to find these programs.