I’m applying to playwriting MFA programs this year, and it’s the strangest thing – I have absolutely no idea what my odds of getting in are. I have no idea how I stack up against the competition or how competitive these programs truly are. I know Fiction Writing MFA programs are extremely tough. But, the pool of playwriting applicants is a lot smaller.
It’s an odd feeling, I guess. Applying to colleges, jobs, certain writing groups – you sort of have an idea of where you fit in – if you really have a shot. With this MFA stuff, I feel clueless. Is my work strong enough? What are they looking for exactly in my sample?
I went to my first open house two nights ago – for the NYU Dramatic Writing MFA. It sounds like a great program with notable (working!) alumni – but honestly, the lack of funding issue scares me. They offer limited scholarships to certain people accepted into the program – both merit and need based. But, I got the impression these scholarships are few and far between. I really can’t imagine how someone would go to graduate school full-time for two years in New York City, and not have a job. They recommended not even having a part-time job, as it would interfere with assignments.
The new goal is only to apply to schools that offer partial or full funding.
Those letters in the spring will be interesting to wait for.