I have one! I have a place to go! As of last night, I’ve been accepted to an MFA program for Fiction Writing!
I got a phone call last night from the Program Director of the MFA Program at Queens University of Charlotte, which I missed (great job, Nik). I listened to the message, which said that he’d just finished reading my application and would like to talk to me about it. I had no idea what to expect when I called him back, but after the who’s who and thanks-for-callings, he said “I would like to offer you admission to MFA program in Fiction Writing at Queens University of Charlotte.”
I was totally in shock – I think I said “thank you so much” about thirty-eight times over the course of our ten-minute conversation. And, not only did he offer me admission, he was totally trying to get me to pick their program! He said a lot of rockin’ stuff to me, like “Your writing has a great line-by-line quality” and “Your work has a very writerly presence, in the best of ways” (yes, I was crazily jotting down notes while we spoke). He gave me a short list of faculty members that he thought would push me to the best of my abilities and be a good fit as an advisor for me, told me about the program’s beliefs about workshop and the residency, and said that he thought after I’d looked everything over I would find that “the program at Queens would be a really great fit.”
I was (and still am) ecstatic to have heard from a place that’s realistic for me to attend. It’s close by compared to some of the programs, and is also very affordable. We’ll see what happens – like I keep saying, there are still a lot of programs I’ll be waiting to hear from. It’s just nice to know that the options are starting to present themselves!