Do I want to go to grad school? Where should I apply? Which one should I choose? And which genre?
Finally, I've made my decision. And I'm very pleased to say that this year I'll begin pursuing an MFA in Poetry at Pacific University.
Many factors went into this decision, of course. Here are a few of the main ones:
- Pacific has a low-residency program. This means that I can continue my life and work here in the Bay Area, attending ten-day residencies twice a year. Why choose a low-residency program? Read some of the reasons here.
- The faculty will be amazing to work with. This faculty is part of what earns Pacific such a great reputation. I can't wait to work with folks like Kwame Dawes, Marvin Bell, Dorianne Laux and more.
- They offer flexibility between genres, so although I've decided to focus on poetry, I can still work on my fiction while I'm there.
- And the location was something to consider, especially when I'll be traveling there twice a year. Pacific offers residencies in the beautiful state of Oregon, which means it'll be cheaper than traveling across the country and possibly more fun, with the opportunity for a scenic road trip twice a year.
Not at all. But I believe an MFA is right for me, and the direction I'd like to pursue for my writing at the moment. I believe that I have much to learn, and that the knowledge I can seek at Pacific University will be invaluable.
I'm thrilled to be moving forward. Check back for more on my experience at Pacific, beginning this summer!