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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Current MFA Students
    Short Fiction Prize judged by Amelia Gray See ritabullwinkel com She is fiction editor for Nashville Review Tiana Clark is a first year MFA student in poetry A Pushcart Prize nominee who has been living in Nashville she serves on the board for the the Porch Writers Collective a non profit literary center Her poems have appeared in The Raven Chronicles Word Riot Native Magazine Rattle and Crab Orchard Review and are forthcoming in Best New Poets 2015 See tianaclark com Katie Young Foster is a second year MFA student in fiction She grew up on the Niobrara River in the Sandhills of Nebraska and worked on trail crews for Rocky Mountain Nature Association before graduating from Creighton University in Omaha NE She is comics editor for Nashville Review Simon Han is a third year MFA student in fiction He was born in Tianjin China and grew up in Dallas Texas His fiction has appeared or is forthcoming in Guernica Narrative Magazine and SmokeLong Quarterly He has received scholarships and awards from the Sewanee Writers Conference the Sundress Academy for the Arts and the Union League Civic Arts Foundation of Chicago Mark Haslam is a first year MFA student in fiction He was raised in Southern California and Seattle and has taught middle and high school English in Oakland California and New York City Evan Hall is a first year MFA student in fiction He grew up in the sleepy backwater of Luck Wisconsin and attended the University of Wisconsin at Madison After graduating with a B A in Creative Writing and Journalism he spent a year teaching English at a high school in South Korea In his spare time he enjoys camping playing piano ultimate frisbee and Scrabble Dan Haney is a second year MFA student in poetry Born in the coal region of Pennsylvania he graduated from Bucknell University where he worked for West Branch He has received the Cadigan Prize for Poetry the Samuel Ziegler Lewis Prize and a fellowship to the Bucknell Seminar for Younger Poets His most recent work is forthcoming from Ninth Letter Rhino and Pacifica He serves as editor in chief for Nashville Review Derek Pfister is a first year MFA student in poetry He grew up in Ohio and attend Ohio State University where he studied English and received the Citino Poetry Award Derek plays Telecaster electric guitar piano and soccer William Scott Lyon is a second year MFA student in fiction He grew up on the North Carolina coast His film work has been shown on PBS and numerous screens around the world After working as a teacher and community leader in Taiwan and Nepal he moved to Nashville where he founded a creative writing program for prisoners on death row He is the interviews and music editor for Nashville Review Max McDonough is a second year MFA student in poetry He grew up in the suburbs of Atlantic City New Jersey but escaped to rural Virginia at the age of

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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Frequently Asked Questions
    the faculty can see how your writing is developing My undergraduate grades GPA are not as high as I d like them to be How much emphasis is put on my GPA The most important component of your application is your Writing Sample Your GPA is a confirmation of your ability to handle the academic subjects If my letters of recommendation or GRE scores arrive at Vanderbilt after the deadline will my application still be considered We understand that sometimes the delivery of your supporting documentation GRE scores or letters of recommendation is delayed If we have not received certain of your supporting materials and we need to see them we will contact you so you can make sure the materials are sent When will I hear if I am accepted We try to notify those who are accepted by mid February or no later than mid March Questions about the GRE and TOEFL Is the GRE test required Yes the GRE test is required GRE scores must be submitted as part of the application The GRE Subject Test is not required I s there a minimum GRE score There is no minimum GRE score nor does Vanderbilt track the GRE scores of applicants or those accepted to the MFA program GRE scores are a confirmation that the candidate is able to manage the academic portion of the program and the scores are evaluated that way I took the GRE in 2007 Do I have to take it again GRE scores must be no more than 5 years old I already have a Master s Degree Do I have to take the GRE test Yes the GRE test is required The GRE Subject Test is not required However if your GRE test scores are 5 years old or less those scores will suffice Do I have to take the GRE Subject Test The GRE test is required The GRE Subject tes t is not required How important is the quantitative portion of the GRE score The quantitative portion of the GRE has less impact on your application than the verbal portion But your Writing Sample carries the most weight Test of English as a Foreign Language TOEFL Applicants whose native language is not English and who have not received a degree at an English speaking university must submit scores on the TOEFL International students should have a TOEFL score of not less than 570 on the paper based test computer based TOEFL score of 230 or an Internet based TOEFL score of 88 Since four to six weeks are usually required for scores to reach the University you should take the test no later than November 19 in order for the score to arrive by January 15 You may send inquiries and your requests for applications to TOEFL P O Box 6151 Princeton New Jersey 08541 6151 Questions about Genre May I take classes outside my genre fiction or poetry Yes MFA students enroll in workshops outside their genre with

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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Financial Aid
    Series Vanderbilt s distinctive contribution to twentieth century arts and letters Contests Awards Prizes Honors Nashville Review Vanderbilt Review Faculty Staff and Contact Information News Financial Aid The Vanderbilt MFA Program in Creative Writing offers full funding to all MFA students For first year students the University Fellowship in the 2012 2013 academic year includes A full tuition benefit A 24 000 stipend Ten hours a week working in the Writing Studio Health insurance First year University Fellowships may be enhanced by University Graduate Fellowships topping up awards Students retain this extra support into the second year All students who make good progress toward their degree retain their fellowships in the second year Please note University Tuition Scholarships are service free awards that pay all or part of tuition costs The following graduate awards are normally supplemented by a full University Tuition Scholarship which usually includes student health insurance coverage University Fellowships Graduate Teaching Assistantships Graduate Research Assistantships Traineeships and Teacher Training Awards For second year students in the 2012 2013 academic year and thereafter the University Fellowship includes A full tuition benefit A 24 000 stipend Opportunity to teach a beginning creative writing workshop for one semester Health insurance

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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » How to Apply
    DEADLINE FOR FALL 2016 ADMISSION IS DECEMBER 15 2015 Applicants should complete their application by that day On the electronic form applicants should indicate Area of Interest on the Program page whether they are applying in FICTION or POETRY To encourage candidates to use the online application system Vanderbilt s Graduate School will waive the application fee for electronic applications Candidates who cannot use the online system should use the address below Online Application The electronic application form makes it possible for applicants to submit the following required materials online A writing sample Applicants for the MFA Program should submit a creative writing sample a fiction manuscript 20 to 25 pages in length made up of stories or part of a novel or a poetry manuscript 10 to 15 pages in length College transcript s Applicants should attach UNOFFICIAL COPIES of their transcripts to their application Only admitted applicants will be instructed to submit official and final transcripts with prior degrees posted as a condition of enrollment at Vanderbilt A statement of purpose no more than three to five pages long Three letters of recommendation GRE general test scores The Vanderbilt English Department requires that applicants take the GRE aptitude

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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Recent Seminars and Workshops
    consider the slippery and changing shapes of fiction questions of architecture narration and points of perception the movements and layering of time overall progressions and or narrative arcs the role of place representations of consciousness lyricism prose rhythm and more How do you conceptualize story Which conventions are you most interested in exploring reinventing or abandoning in search of alternatives How might you think about your experiences of culture cultural moments the ways in which you tell stories and the stories you tell Relationships between fiction writing and other artistic productions We ll read selected published texts craft essays and interviews as we consider the core material of the workshop the new original fiction of workshop writers Graduate writers will respond to other participants workshop fiction and published writing in written form and in class discussion This workshop is a required course for fiction MFA degree candidates writers Potential admission to the workshop by other graduate level writers is limited and only by instructor permission ENGL 304 01 Graduate Poetry Workshop Beth Bachmann Fall 2014 This graduate poetry workshop will focus on class discussion of poetry written by participants Where does a poem slip fail turn reveal and what do these moments tell us about the poem not on the page Using Jane Hirschfield s essay Close Reading Windows as our jumping off point we will workshop poems with an eye to thresholds places where each poem can open further into light landscape or precipice Members should complete 12 pages of their poetry for the course ENGL 304 01 Graduate Poetry Workshop Mark Jarman This is an intensive workshop in poetry writing Students are expected to complete 12 pages of poetry over the course of the semester and a statement of poetics We will use Twentieth Century American Poetics as a text and in addition individual volumes of poetry by the poets who will visit campus as part of the Visiting Writers Series Extensive revision and regular conferencing with the instructor are expected Mark Jarman s Graduate Poetry Workshop Spring 2014 ENGL 307 Literature and the Craft of Writing Topic Publishing and Editing Lorraine Lopez Fall 2014 This course is designed to provide practical and applicable experience in editing and publishing for creative writers in the MFA program The seminar consists of a series of meetings on topics dealing with the pragmatic side of literature finding suitable venues for one s work submitting manuscripts for publication or prizes placing essays on craft interviews or book reviews in journals that pay finding an agent or working without one and applying for jobs in the academy and in publishing Additionally the course provides an introduction to the art and craft of self editing for creative writers including strategies for compression and expansion use of style guides and finer points of grammar and usage Finally graduate students will collaborate to develop a workable concept for an edited multi genre collection in order to promote their own creative work along with the M F

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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Vanderbilt Writing Studio
    Writers Series Vanderbilt s distinctive contribution to twentieth century arts and letters Contests Awards Prizes Honors Nashville Review Vanderbilt Review Faculty Staff and Contact Information News Vanderbilt Writing Studio First year MFA students work as writing consultants in the Writing Studio a free and confidential writing resource for Vanderbilt students At the Writing Studio students have the opportunity to meet individually with trained consultants and talk about their writing concerns and projects The Writing Studio is also an inviting space where students can come to write or study The duties of MFA students who work in the Studio include Alumni Hall holding one to one consultation sessions across disciplinary boundaries with student writers of all skill levels and learning styles organizing and facilitating workshops composing handouts on writing visiting classrooms engaging in periodic mentoring sessions with other writing consultants attending Writing Studio sponsored events participating in and developing Writing Studio outreach programs and attending training sessions and regular staff meetings as needed First year MFA students must submit a CV a statement about teaching and a cover letter expressing their interest in the teaching of writing They receive a statement of support from the English Department s Director of Graduate

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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Robert Penn Warren Center
    in Science Technology and Environmental Policy In 2008 Jones published his influential book The Green Collar Economy How One Solution Can Fix our Two Biggest Problems His presentation will contribute to the Sustainability Project a year long series of courses and programming spearheaded by Vanderbilt s Program in American Studies Polar Probings Sculpture by Gabriel Warren The Vanderbilt University Fine Arts Gallery will present a number of works by artist Gabriel Warren October 13 through December 8 2011 The opening reception will be held October 13 at 5 00 pm at Cohen Memorial Hall Warren who was the first artist in residence in Antarctica creates sculptures using natural ice formations as source material His exhibit is being presented in conjunction with this year s campus wide initiative on sustainability with support from the Warren Center the Department of English the College of Arts and Science Dean s Office and the American Studies Program Robert Penn Warren Center Events scheduled at the Warren Center have included The Art of Narrative Writing The purpose of this workshop was to gather writers interested in the art of narrative non fiction and intereseted in particular in the possibility of bringing together scholarly narrative and narrative non fiction techniques The group met to workshop participants writing and to read and discuss works of narrative non fiction and pieces about craft The seminar coordinator was Paul Kramer from the History Department Guest Speakers Events A public lecture by Adam Hochschild journalism UC Berkeley entitled Meanwhile Back at the Ranch What Scholars Can Learn from Novelists and Journalists about Storytelling A reading by Brenda Marshall author and part time professor of English at the University of Michigan and a discussion of her new historic novel Dakota Or What s a Heaven For The Program in Career Development

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  • Creative Writing – Vanderbilt University » Undergraduate English Major in Creative Writing
    Gertrude Harold Vanderbilt Visiting Writers Series Vanderbilt s distinctive contribution to twentieth century arts and letters Contests Awards Prizes Honors Nashville Review Vanderbilt Review Faculty Staff and Contact Information News Undergraduate English Major in Creative Writing Program II of the English Major Undergraduates may concentrate on developing their creative writing skills while they also acquire a general appreciation of English literature Majoring in English with a concentration on Creative Writing requires a total of 30 hours of study including 116W 117W or 118W This course is required and is prerequisite to all upper division courses 12 hours of Creative Writing courses from at least two different genres Nonfiction Eng 200 Intermediate Nonfiction Writing English 201 Advanced Nonfiction Writing Fiction English 204 Intermediate Fiction Workshop English 205 Advanced Fiction Workshop Poetry English 206 Intermediate Poetry Workshop English 207 Advanced Poetry Workshop Admission to English 200 201 204 205 206 and 207 is by the consent of the instructor We strongly recommend that prospective Creative Writing majors take English 122 Beginning Fiction Workshop and or English 123 Beginning Poetry Workshop before taking any of the upper division workshops English 122 and English 123 do not count toward the major 9 hours in

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