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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 01:29 PM
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My niece has been accepted into U of Iowa's MFA program in writing!
She has been accepted into their "Writer's Workshop" which is a 2-3 yr program in creative writing that leads to a master's degree in fine arts. I am so proud of her - I hear it's very competitive. Sh wants to do literary translation, and will be a graduate teaching assistant in Spanish/Portuguese.

She is just finishing up her State Dept internship in Paris. I am SO proud of her!

Does anybody know much about this U of Iowa program?
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petgoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 02:55 PM
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1. AFAIK it's the most prestigious writing program in the country.
Wikipedia has the gee-whiz details.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iowa_Writers\'_Workshop
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kestrel91316 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri May-25-07 04:17 PM
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2. Oh, my. Well, I'm not surprised. She taught herself to read at age 2
and took off from there.......
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LisaM Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu May-31-07 07:17 PM
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3. It's very widely regarded.
Good for her! Good for you!
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CoffeeCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed Jul-18-07 12:16 AM
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4. I was a Resident Assistant...
...for the floor of writers in the "Writer's Workshop" during the 1980's.

The U of I Writer's Workshop is the most prestigious writing program in the country, and it
is well-known internationally. Many talented writers--from around the world--have participated in
the program. Many Pulitzer and National Book Award winners have gone through the Writer's Workshop.

You are right, it is incredibly competitive. Your niece must be a fabulous talent!

How wonderful!
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Dragonbreathp9d Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Aug-13-07 11:10 AM
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5. Its rated #1
very prestigeous, but I hear its kinda rigid and very competitive instead of suportive (good for some, not right for me).
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RobertDevereaux Donating Member (640 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-08-07 07:32 AM
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6. She'll love Iowa City...
I was there 1973-81.

Culturally rich in many ways, town and gown nicely meshed.

Tell her to bundle up, though. Winters are long and severe there.

But the weather's the only drawback there is!








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petgoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-08-07 05:08 PM
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7. Bad weather is good writing weather.
Keeps you home with the headphones on and keeps
you from strolling down to the liquor store too often.
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Oct-09-07 12:15 PM
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8. Are you kidding?
alcohol is the lubricant that oils the joint between the brain and the blank paper!

:rofl:

How's it, pg?
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petgoat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Nov-15-07 08:49 PM
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9. Alcohol is the lubricant? That's what I thought for the first 20 years.
Edited on Thu Nov-15-07 08:50 PM by petgoat
Then it started gumming up the works and I quit.

I'm okay, Hamden. How are you?
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