I spent the last few weeks getting a 10-page sample of poetry and a 25-page sample of creative writing together for my MFA application. I also had to get 2 letters of recommendation, write a personal essay about my desire to be a writer and a creative essay on some aspect of writing craft. Phew!
I heard last Monday that I got accepted into the Creative Writing MFA course at City University of Hong Kong. I applied for the fiction and also the poetry genres and got into both. Although the course director did point out that my poetry submission was stronger than my fiction. I had a 30 minute conversation with her and we decided to focus on poetry. I expressed my wish to try my hand at writing a novel in verse. The MFA is a 2 to 4 year online course with three residencies throughout the year. Yes, I have to fly to Hong Kong 3 times a year to be on campus.
I start in the summer.
I can't wait.
Whether it makes me more likely to succeed as a writer is not the point. I'd like to teach (drama, writing, dance, music...) at a university level and I need a master's degree to even consider applying for a position. Of course, meeting new writers and others who are more professional and have more advice and experience to share make that road to publication richer and more diverse.
I'm even planning my PHD already I'm so excited!
Anyway, I just wanted to share the good news by way of apology for being absent from Red Room for so long. My plate's been too full. I'll be posting more often from now on methinks.
PS: Another project on the way is the design and editing of a second book of poetry, called Poeticising Chat: Rambling Poets at Cafe Cyber (Volume II). 11 Poets from around the world collaborate on the project. Do any red room readers wish to review it? We're still looking for more reviewers for our first publication... Anyone want to have a look at the book and let us know what you think?