I can speak from my own experience, and that is getting my MFA was really important to me because it allowed me time to really focus on my writing and to take my writing to a deeper level that would have been a lot harder to do completely on my own.
(This service tends not to be advertised.) But I find it hard to believe that spending so much time with other young writers — people so much like you — is good for the spirit, or makes you a more interesting person.
Even if she decides the Program is nonsense, she can go her own way.”.
She will teach in a Program if she needs the money, she will not teach if she is can find another way to make a living.
As well, I have known a lot of people in grad school and no one seems very happy about it.”Lorin Stein: Editor of , former editor for Farrar, Straus, and Giroux.
“For me, grad school has never had much meaning or allure. An MFA program gives you a reason and it gives you permission to go new places in your writing and spend some time focusing on it. But you should take some time to write and find your style, not William Faukner’s style: “The remarkable thing, remarkable for me anyway, was that I discovered that I could write only after I passed my prelims. Yes, she is a professor and the director of the most prestigious MFA program in the country. We feel like we’re nurturing young writers, and we’re thrilled by signs of promise. The odds are staggering, but she’s all for the value of the Iowa education:“So, those of us who work at the program, we see the Workshop as a kind of quirky home for gifted misfits. Hachette wars — and frequent writer for literary website The Millions. But she has good techniques on how to get the most out of your MFA., among others. Instead, I created my own post-graduate writing program, which entailed several years spent traveling around the country and world, taking jobs at bars and restaurants and ranches, listening to how people spoke, collecting experiences and writing constantly.”It’s true of families, and equally true of workshops: You meet people there you’d never meet otherwise, much less show your work to, and you listen to them talk about your story or your novel. She went hard against writing that came out of the Academy: “We want competence, but competence by itself is deadly. Officially, no: “Frankly, I don’t push MFAs on people at all.” She’s pro life experience. From her site:“After I graduated from NYU, I decided not to pursue an MFA in creative writing. The ones that pay you are rare and beautiful, like unicorns.” For more of her M. earlier in the year, the perennial neurosis about whether or not an advanced degree in writing is worth it has become a progressively louder conversation. Plus, we didn’t have to deal with all the stupid responses to writing that workshops generate. It’s one that we should be having, considering the explosion of the MFA in the past 40 years: from a mere 79 programs in 1979 to 854 today, according to Harbach. and others, Flavorwire office crush, wildly successful before 25. On a more pragmatic level, I think the MFA degree has made it easier for our grads to get teaching jobs. You give yourself permission, one day at a time, you find the hours and protect them, you treat them as important and they become important, you treat your work as valid and it becomes valid.), series frightful (the “Shades of London” books which are Jack the Ripper-themed), and noted internet personality. Writing somehow tends to move us from a position of one-dimensional certainty about a topic to a more ambiguous or even confused state — and that is mind-enlarging. Many people complained about writing like it was a job they were actually getting paid to do, or as if coming to college were just a really expensive party with a shitty required costume. As she wrote in an “Ask the Writing Teacher” column for The Millions:“I also didn’t pay to go, and that is important. In an interview with the Iowa Writers’ Workshop director Lan Samantha Chang, Sittenfeld weighed in, noncommittally: “When I was teaching at the Writers’ Workshop last fall, I talked to my students about that particular essay. I’m not sure I agree with its overall argument, but it is something that is popular for people to say, that there are too many MFA programs.”Blake Butler: Editor of HTML Giant, writer of many things, including the novel “A lot of people rarely seemed to do their work.