The pros and cons of an MFA in Creative Writing
On the one hand, getting your MFA will (ideally) give you access to a strong community of writers, mentorship from published authors and poets, and the time and space to develop your own voice.
On the other hand, it'll cost you a boatload of money (unless you're able to get full funding from the institution), and you'll graduate with the qualifications to — what? — hop from city to city as an undervalued adjunct and never pay off those loans?
Then again, having a couple years to work on your craft while surrounded by supportive readers does sound like Paradise. Hmmmmm. Decisions!
Writers and teachers give their opinions on the MFA system
So,... is it worth it? Should you get your MFA? Flavorwire
asked 27 accomplished writers whether they thought an MFA was necessary, helpful, and worth the expense. Click HERE
to read what they had to say.
Is an MFA out of the question for you because of financial concerns or work/family obligations? Read our article about building an MFA curriculum for yourself (DIY-style).