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MFA Application Crash Course 

Date: Sunday, October 1 
Time: 7-9 pm 
Instructor: David Roderick 
Ages: Adult 
Maximum Enrollment: 9
Genre: Roundtable and Q&A, All Genres
Price: $60

Applying to a graduate program can be stressful, if not outright harrowing. Once you decide to upend your life in order to accommodate your passion for writing, you still have to make critical decisions about when, how, and where to apply, and also how to represent your writing talent. This soup-to-nuts presentation will give you the perspective you need to produce your strongest possible MFA application. It will also help you ascertain which MFA programs suit your goals and needs. Led by David Roderick, a former poetry professor who co-chaired the MFA admissions committee at UNC-Greensboro, you’ll learn about how to approach your application, GRE scores, and writing sample. The session will conclude with a Q&A designed to answer all of your lingering questions about the application process.

Music of the Mind

David Roderick writes the poetry column State Lines for the San Francisco Chronicle. His first book of poems, Blue Colonial, won the APR/Honickman Prize and was published by Copper Canyon Press in 2006. The Pitt Poetry Series published his second collection, The Americans, in 2014. David’s writing has been awarded a Wallace Stegner Fellowship at Stanford University, the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, and the Campbell Corner Poetry Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature classes at Stanford, the University of San Francisco, San Francisco State University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and most recently at the MFA Writing Program at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he was an Associate Professor in Creative Writing and co-chaired the poetry admissions committee.


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