Applying to MFA Programs: Strategies and Resources for Underrepresented Writers

July 25, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

In this live webinar, Red Samaniego offers prospective MFA applicants an overview, tips, and resources on taking this next-level step as a writer. Samaniego co-founded MFA App Review, a one-on-one mentoring initiative aimed at increasing access to fully funded MFA programs and building community among underrepresented writers of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry. What are the challenges faced by historically underrepresented writers? What factors should applicants consider in choosing a program and preparing the application (including work sample and statement of purpose)?

This event is presented in collaboration with St. Louis Public Library. A reading list and other resources related to this topic are available here through the Public Library. 


About the Speaker

Red Samaniego

Red Samaniego writes fiction about freak love, border worlds, and being a better communist. They were selected as the 2019–2020 Junior Fiction Fellow at Washington University in St. Louis; the 2019 Sandra Cisneros Fellow at Under the Volcano in Tepoztlan, Mexico; a 2018 Hattie Fitz Walker Scholar at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA; and the 2018–2019 Editorial Assistant at Dorothy, a publishing project. Based in New York, they’re the founder of MFA App Review. On Instagram @curveofjoy and Twitter @notyrmomscandy.


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