Yesterday I received the answer from the MFA program: I've been ACCEPTED!!
I missed the call, but when I checked my cell, I practically hyperventilated when I saw that the phone number was the program director's. I experienced a moment of doubt as I dialed my voicemail to retrieve the message, but my fears were allayed when I listened to it. I should be receiving my acceptance package sometime next week, so once I sign on the dotted line, I will be officially enrolled in the Vermont College of Fine Arts for the MFA in Writing for Children and Young Adults.
It's a low-residency program, conducted by correspondence and with twice-yearly two-week stays on campus. The faculty is stellar, all accomplished writers like Martine Leavitt, Matt de la Pe, An Na, and Franny Billingsley, among so many others I don't have the space to list! And the graduates? Just as accomplished: Jandy Nelson, Lauren Myracle, Carrie Jones--again, I could go on.