Show Us Your Best: A Guide to Creative Writing MFA Applications

Instructor: Jess Sifla

Cost: $60

Open to: All writers, especially those interested in applying for an MFA

This two-hour masterclass will equip aspiring writers with the skills, insights, and strategies to craft compelling MFA applications. Led by a writer with a wealth of knowledge in the MFA application process, this class is tailored to enhance your writing portfolio and illustrate what creative writing programs are looking for.

In this class, you will:

● Gain a comprehensive understanding of the MFA application process, including key

deadlines, program structures, and admission criteria.

● Learn the critical elements of a compelling personal statement.

● Explore techniques to connect your personal narrative with your artistic goals.

● Understand the importance of solid recommendation letters and how to approach

potential recommenders.

● Get insights on how to guide your recommenders to highlight your strengths as a writer.

● Receive guidance on selecting the right MFA programs for your writing goals.

There will be time for a Q&A near the end of the class.

Jess Silfa is an Afro-Latine writer from the South Bronx. They graduated with an MFA from Vanderbilt University and are currently an Albert C. Yates Fellow in the Ph.D. program at the University of Cincinnati. Jess is President of the Disabled and D/deaf Writers Caucus and has been published or has work forthcoming in ANMLY, beestung, Transition Magazine, and others.

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