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The Dos and Don'ts of MFA Personal Statements

by Nancy Rawlinson

Department:Special Section
Issue:September/October 2010

The personal statement—a document, required by most programs, in which you must demonstrate that you are a talented, determined writer—is the one thing that causes potential candidates more anxiety than the manuscript itself. Here's a list of dos and don'ts to help you effectively write the story you have to tell.

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