More MFA Funding

Hey, film and fiction students: The Institute for Humane Studies Film & Fiction Scholarships deadline is approaching. Given how busy the holiday season is, you’ll want to check it out NOW. These scholarships (up to $10,000 in tuition and stipend) will be awarded to support students who meet the following criteria:

1) Are pursuing a Master of Fine Arts (M.F.A.) degree in filmmaking, fiction writing, or playwriting.

2) Possess “a demonstrated interest in classical liberal ideas and their application in contemporary society.”

3) Display “the desire, motivation, and creative ability to succeed in their chosen profession.”

Application deadline: January 16, 2006.

For more information, click here.

Another Bit About Book Reviewing

If you’re like many writers, you probably receive a number of (free) electronic newsletters on writing and/or publishing (hopefully, our own Practicing Writer is among them!).

Each month I’m sent an e-mail notice when the meaty “public section” of the American Society of Journalists and Authors (ASJA) newsletter is posted. And I’ve just read December’s offering, which includes Barbara DeMarco-Barrett’s interview with David Ulin, the new book editor of the Los Angeles Times. Ulin talks about his role, his plans for the review, choosing books to review, freelancers, and more. Intrigued? You can find it for yourself here.

Primer on Low-Residency MFA Programs

Happy to announce the arrival of the latest, updated version of our Primer on Low-Residency MFA Programs. This excellent e-book includes:

1) a set of questions to ask yourself in assessing whether a low-residency program may be the right option for you in the first place;

2) a list of what I call “consideration categories”–issues that I recommend each prospective MFA candidate evaluate for him or herself when analyzing individual low-residency programs;

3) the names, websites, and other contact information for more than two dozen degree-granting programs administered through a low-residency model;

4) a directory of additional resources (in print and online) to consult.

Check it out for yourself right here.

Travel and Study Grant Program

If you’re an emerging creative artist (with “emerging creative artists” defined as “writers of poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, and spoken word; film and video artists; and choreographers”), and you are a resident of New York City or Minnesota, you may want to check out the Jerome Foundation’s Travel and Study Grant Program. Funds “support periods of travel for the purpose of study, exploration, and growth” outside of New York City or Minnesota. The grant awards may not be used, however, “for touring, performances, appearances, exhibition expenses such as shipping, production of new work, and teaching.”

Grants up to $1,500 will be awarded for shorter-term travel (three to six days). Award amounts of up to $5,000 will be awarded for trips lasting one week or longer.

There’s no application fee. Applications must be postmarked on or before January 13, 2006. For more information and forms, click here.