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MFA Creative Writing Essay

BlueInk 2 / 5  
Oct 21, 2009   #1
Very early draft. I need to bring it all together.

Here are the questions I need to answer in the one page, single spaced essay:
What led me to apply, why I want to enroll, what do I hope to gain from it, what can I bring to it
and How did I hear about the writing program at Queens?

Intentional Writing

Here are the jottings I have, like I said, I'm working on bringing it together:

I recently became very intentional in my writing. Interested in improving my work, I googled 'creative writing classes charlotte nc'. A link to Queens University's MFA program appeared. I was amazed to discover that such a high caliber program existed in my backyard.

What led me to apply: I discovered the program two days before the application deadline for the January term. I frantically started reviewing my writing, wondering which works to submit with my application. With one day left to turn in my submission, I decided to ask for an extension. Within in a day I received an email granting an extension. I was ecstatic! I had a chance!

Why I want to enroll: I want to enroll in the creative writing program at Queens University to learn more about writing from established authors. I look forward to meeting other aspiring writers. I enjoy the classroom experience and I think that the workshops will be challenging and rewarding. I earned many of college credits at both the bachelor's and the master's level through online courses. I am confident in my ability to continue developing my talent during the time spent away from my classmates.

Expectations: I don't expect to walk away from the creative writing program with a new string of letters after my name and have publishers beating down my door, begging to publish my work. What I do expect is to dedicate at least two years of my life to Queens University. I expect to write more often than I ever have, to review and edit the work of my peers, and in the process learn how to improve my own writing. I expect honest and helpful critiques of my works and I expect to be able to use those reviews to edit my pieces. I expect to push myself to

What can I bring to the program: For writing programs like this to succeed, each participant must contribute to, not just take from the program. Stories are everywhere, waiting to be told. I bring with me an abundance of diverse experiences that may help trigger a story waiting to be written. I have served in the U.S. Army, I am married with three kids, I've lived in seven different states, worked in corporate, public, and not-for-profit organizations, and I am currently a stay at home mom. All of these experiences help define who I am and I use all of the pieces in my writing.

EF_Stephen - / 264  
Oct 21, 2009   #2
Can't wait to see you put it all together. There are good ideas here.

Mention some of your writing, the kind you like to do. What was your favorite piece. Why?

What do you do when the writing won't come?
Maira - / 2  
Oct 25, 2009   #3

I really loved your draft....the ideas are really nice. Post it when you are done. Looking forward to it.

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