MFA Application Mentorships

Are you applying to (or thinking about applying to) MFA Programs in Creative Writing? Whether you want to nail the Statement of Purpose, put together a dynamite sample, or refine your list of schools, I’m excited to help you navigate the application process and put your best foot forward!

In these one-on-one mentorships, you’ll receive private application counseling, including feedback on your materials (notes + phone conference discussion), “office hours” to help with planning or even last-minute questions, and tips, prompts, and/or craft techniques geared toward your needs. Throughout, I tailor advice to your interests, your chosen programs, and your writing and genre.

With tips and tricks to demystify and simplify the way you approach your applications, I can’t wait to get to know you and help you achieve your goals.

About Me

I attended the University of Michigan’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program (’14), and received additional fully-funded acceptance offers from University of Houston, Arizona State University, North Carolina State University, University of Alabama, and University of Alaska-Fairbanks. I’ve built a widespread knowledge of MFA Programs and Creative Writing approaches while being the long-time admin of the largest Facebook community for MFA applicants (the “MFA Draft”).

To this end, I produced Literistic’s “MFAs 101” free online course as a comprehensive introduction for any writer considering the MFA or other alternatives to the study of writing. But I particularly enjoy working one-on-one in order to develop customized strategies unique to each applicant.

What do I need to prepare?

It’s very helpful to have an initial draft of your Statement of Purpose (and/or Sample, etc.) ready to go. But I also have tips for drafting, revision, and ordering/selection, so if you need assistance earlier on in your process, I’m happy to set up tailored sessions to address your needs.

What genres can a consultation cover?

Between academia and publishing work, I have training and experience in writing and editing fiction, non-fiction, and poetry, as well as critical writing. I am also experienced in helping applicants with Statements of Purpose and general program selection / application strategy for additional genres.

What is included in an initial consultation?

Initial consultations include (at least) for SOP or Sample:

  • prep work / materials analysis
  • phone consultation
  • notes / light feedback on selected material
  • “Office Hours” availability for quick questions or progress checks
  • advice and tips tailored to your goals

You can create a package based on your needs, for example, to include more detailed feedback on the Sample, developing a Critical Writing Sample, or follow-up sessions to look at revisions.

How do sessions work?

First, we’ll work together to design a session plan around your own individual goals, schedule, and mentorship needs.

If you have materials ready to be looked at, I then analyze drafts and identify strengths and areas to be worked on, in preparation for the phone consultation. This will include note-taking, which will be added to throughout and after the subsequent conversation, and these notes will be shared for your use in revisions.

During our phone consultation, I will ask a series of questions to get to know you and your background, your research/craft interests, and reasons for applying to the MFA. We’ll discuss your materials, and I will highlight strategies for revision, which may also include suggested craft exercises, tips, and prompts. You can further direct this time with your own questions about process, school selection, revision strategies, craft techniques, or other advice.

After the consultation, I will add to / revise and send my notes, which will be in the form of light line-edits, general suggestions, and also a record of the discussion about your reasons for applying to the graduate programs and your areas of interest (for use toward the SOP), as well as potential through-lines for your SOP or ordering/selection strategies for your sample. I will also be available for questions during your revision process, though “office hours.”

If you require more detailed feedback on your Sample materials, or additional rounds of revision, follow-up sessions will be available. I’m here to help you be successful, and support you in the ways that you need.

How much does it cost?

For initial consults, prices range from $150-250 depending on type and amount of guidance needed.

  • Package example estimates (subject to change based on time required):
    • SOP only – 1 session: $150
      • includes 2 hours of prep work & up to 2 hours phone conversation
    • SOP + Sample (light feedback) – 1-2 sessions: $250
      • includes 4 hours of prep work & up to 3 hours phone conversation

Follow-up and custom sessions range from $80-$150+, based on hourly rate ($40-$65/hr). This a sliding scale, to be determined on the level of feedback detail and/or amount of guidance needed.

Payments are conducted through itemized invoice via Paypal.

Testimonials

Kenzie understands deeply that good writing comes from good thinking…

Working in a conversational way, Kenzie helped me grapple equally with big ideas and fine details and brought her characteristic curiosity and kindness to the work. She listened closely to help me synthesize ideas that at first seem unwieldy and vague. Her insight into and guidance on impactful revisions was also excellent.
I'd strongly recommend her!

Sarah, attending Colorado State University MFA (Fiction) with full funding

2019-06-03T16:55:04+00:00

Sarah, attending Colorado State University MFA (Fiction) with full funding

Working in a conversational way, Kenzie helped me grapple equally with big ideas and fine details and brought her characteristic curiosity and kindness to the work. She listened closely to help me synthesize ideas that at first seem unwieldy and vague. Her insight into and guidance on impactful revisions was also excellent. I'd strongly recommend her!

Let’s get started!

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