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Author RavenCorbie     Click to send private message to this author Click to view this author's profile Click to add this author to your buddy list Click to send message via AOL IM
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Date Tue Jul-17-12 08:16 AM



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I've investigated MFA programs and decided not to do one. There are a couple of reasons. Note: these are my personal reasons and thoughts: how I think an MFA program would affect me. Your situation will obviously be different, and maybe something I say in the negative section will be something that actually appeals to you (I have this happen in Amazon reviews all the time).

1. I already have an MA in French Literature and spent time working toward one in Russian, so I don't really want more grad school .

2. You don't need any degree to be a good writer.

3. All groups of writers have their own preferences about writing, and if they work well, it's because everyone is on the same page. It's hard to evaluate that in a university setting.

4. I could be wrong, but I think most MFA programs focus on literary writing. I like literary writing occasionally, but it's not my main focus.

5. Most writers I know (except for those who are here and some of my personal friends) are in the "critiques are supposed to tell the writer everything they're doing wrong" camp and I generally find that I need a gentler approach. Does that mean I'm thin-skinned? Yeah, probably. But the few times I've had entirely harsh reviews with absolutely nothing positive in them, I've given up on the story for something else. Having that happen over the course of an entire graduate program -- I'm not sure what that would do, and I don't really want to find out.

6. It costs a lot of money. I'd rather improve my writing by writing and eventually selling (which will bring money in) rather than by spending money.

7. We don't have such a program where I live, so I'd have to move. I hate moving, unless I think it's going to be permanent.

Here are the things I think they'd be really good for:

1. Butt in chair. Usually a lot of writing is actually due for classes, so you get a lot of writing done. You don't have to balance writing against day job/school because writing IS the day job/school.

2. I'd like to teach creative writing (well, I am teaching creative writing), and it could help me get/keep a creative writing teaching job.

3. I'd get feedback on my writing from a different group of people than I normally do, which would be very helpful.

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MFA [View all] , LeeLee, Mon Jul-16-12 03:56 PM
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