Is it possible to make your own MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing? Probably not, but we outline a plan that will make you a better writer if you stick with it long enough.
At the Romantic Times convention, we spoke with Jade Lee, author of exotic erotic romances (she also writes light, funny romance titles under the name of Kathy Lyons). I asked her which was a greater help to her in developing her career: her schooling, or going to conferences such as the convention at which I was interviewing her. She said that school and conferences served two different purposes. She went to USC for screenwriting, which taught her the craft of writing, and she found these skills in timing, plotting, and action to be highly applicable in writing romance. But breaking into the business was another story. She began writing romance for two reasons: she loved to read it, and she had the notion that is would be more difficult for her to break into other mediums such as film or other genres such as sci-fi and fantasy.