ture writing. The M.F.A. program at Stony Brook Southampton also encourages students to take workshops outside of their main genre, something few other programs
allow, let alone promote.
Pacific Lutheran University’s M.F.A. program, called the
Rainier Writing Workshop, is a three-year low-res program with four residency components. All students are required to participate, in their second-year, in “outside experience” that they design themselves. These second-year
projects are implemented with the help of the program
staff and have included organizing book fairs, internships
at local presses, month-long residencies at writing centers,
and international travel that enhances current projects. A
number of PLU faculty teach in more than two genres,
and PLU even allows students to turn in mixed-genre theses. The University of Wyoming’s program is similarly
flexible in terms of permitting students to write across
genres. Students apply within one of three genres—
poetry, nonfiction, and fiction—but once on-campus they are
encouraged to pursue classes outside their creative-writing
comfort zone. Other special features include the Eminent
Writers in Residence program, which will bring Dinaw
Mengestu to campus in 2014. And best of all? UW fully
funds every student accepted, including tuition waivers,
annual stipends in excess of $11,000 in addition to a summer stipend, and funding for travel and publication submission costs.
Fully funded programs are the holy grail of M.F.A.s—
most aspiring writers are advised not to go into debt for an
M.F.A., a degree that’s doesn’t necessarily promise a future
job or a book deal. Programs that can afford to bankroll
their students are the ones wading through the largest
piles of applications every year.
No doubt because of the extremely competitive nature
of admissions, many fully funded programs have an outstanding roster of writer-alums. Cornell’s M.F.A. program,
which accepts around six students a year, awards each
M.F.A. candidate a stipend of more than $25,000 annually. Students can also apply to stay on for two additional
paid years as post-degree English lecturers after their two-
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