This interdisciplinary approach allows an exciting, free-ranging exchange of ideas often resulting in screenwriters becoming novelists and novelists poets. And it offered an opportunity like no other program: Perhaps because of Michener’s success as a popular novelist, the assumption is that the school wants to produce Michener clones. It was a small program of just 5 fiction writers, something that had attracted me to the likes of Syracuse in the first place. The University of Texas at Austin is fortunate to have two M. Notify me of new posts via email. A few hours later, I received a call from a New York number.
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That’s why that writing colony camaraderie flourishes at the Michener Center. You can just break people’s hearts, [but] the people we let in have a shot.
You do want those things. Ric Williams brings you his review of it. This interdisciplinary approach allows an exciting, free-ranging exchange of ideas often resulting in screenwriters becoming novelists and novelists poets.
There have been accusations that the program isn’t Texan enough even though Michener’s specific instructions dictated that the program was to be national in its scope, and despite the significant Texas-rooted staff — Harrigan, fer chrissakes — and many El Paso and Austin students. People will say accusingly: And not just by luck, but by design, this multi-genre approach also cuts down on the vicious competition that marks many of the larger writing programs.
Many of their screenwriters are working under contract or have had their work optioned with New Line Pictures, Warner Bros. Students interested in applying to the New Writers Project can visit the application procedures page.
New Writers Project
The application process involves two offices at UT. You know how hard writing is. Students graduate with a Master of Fine Arts in Writing. What the Michener Center provides for its students, besides a three-year M. Maybe — earlier I said there was no epiphany forthcoming, but it appears I lied — the first step to achieving a happiness that rests in itself is to stop aggressively demanding of ourselves: Also include a statement of purpose and three recommendation letters.
On hindsight this was of course somewhat melodramatic and unfounded, for as many have said before me on this blog, amongst fully funded MFAs there are no wrong choices. In this embarrassingly self-indulgent time, the vets of MFA Draft were invaluable in providing objective, informed advice. Quite simply, everyone seemed ecstatic to be there. It helps that Austin has similar climate to where I grew up, so it feels oddly familiar.
I immediately burst into tears and proceeded to blither incoherently. Students must work in two genres — a primary and secondary field — chosen from fiction, poetry, screenwriting and playwriting, and do not teach literature or creative writing workshops during their time at UT.
Notify me of new posts via email. In two days I will fly to Austin to start my MFA, but for now I find myself in the living room of my flat in London, surrounded aistin very large piles of clothes. And sure enough the rejections came, in the form of unceremonious emails from Syracuse and Cornell.
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And Magnuson intends for it to stay that way. Hell yes, I thought, beaming, I was moving back to New York. Though the programs share faculty, workshops, seminars and mlchener writers, they also have distinct differences in terms of length, specialization, funding and teaching opportunities.
Michener Center for Writers
When I really thought about it, I was happy, deliriously so. Michener Fellowships, renewable for all three years, and contingent upon annual reviews. But then the impossible happened.
And Magnuson firmly believes in those ideals. A note to readers: I locked myself in a meeting room, hands shaking, to take the call. I think hope it is okay to feel regret or anxiety even as you take positive steps in your life, even as you see your dreams fulfilled.