The way it works, I learned, is that, although I would work in both disciplines (that being poetry and non-fiction) I would have a declared focus. My B.A. Waiver would concentrate on that focus. I believed my focus should be non-fiction, as I felt less confident in that area, in spite of the fact that every writer I know who has read my work critically has indicated that they saw that as my area of strength. However, we decided to go the poetry route as I had a greater number of faculty advocates already in place in that genre. The process is as follows:
- A letter of support is drafted by and signed by two members of the faculty.
- My work is reviewed by estabished poets who are not affiliated with the University.
- Letters of support are submitted by these poets
- My academic credentials are reviewed by two members of faculty who are not in the Creative Writing Department.
- I write an essay that discusses my academic, life and professional experiences that show that I have, through a combination of those experiences, earned the equivalent of a B.A.
- I submit a Professional Vita
- These items are put together in a file that goes to the Dean who then, after reviewing everything, does or does not sign off.
- If I had less than 60 undergraduate credits, the file goes to the Provost. However I do have 60 credits (whew!).
- Once the Dean signs off on the above which represents the Department's request that I be allowed to be admitted for graduate studies, I would get a letter of admittance.
I did it!