Dec 4, 2006, 11:50 PM
Post #291 of 1175
Plenty of people can pay for an MFA, and if I had to, I probably could, but I won't. If I get accepted into a good program, but I have to pay, I won't go. This is how I have always felt, but after talking to several people at top programs, I am sure of it now. I just don't think an MFA is worth tons of money. I think an MFA is great, but a lot of people (too many) think it's this incredible thing that will make you the best writer ever and will get you a book deal. Personally, I'm realistic: I want time and money and a community. I might get published, I might not, that's not the point. I just can't imagine going into massive debt and then realizing that all I'm doing is going to a class here and there while attending a workshop once a week. If something is free, I'll deal with it. I really wanted to apply to Columbia. Great city, great school, great faculty, everything you could want. But I just can't go into debt for a writing degree. Sure, I love to write, but money makes the world go round, and in that case, for me, Columbia is a bad investment. However, like Clench said, if someone has deep pockets and they don't mind paying, great for them. Some people are loaded and that's cool.
Re: [EastCoastPoet] Application Time
Like Clench also said, these teaching gigs are not as easy as everyone thinks. My buddy is teaching two classes now, and he says, he feels like a teacher more than anything. This epiphany (the fact that I want to write as much as possible) helped me cut quite a few schools. For a while Indiana looked great, but let's be honest I don't want to be some school's bitch for a few years. No thanks. Schools like Cornell, Virginia, and Michigan seem like nicer fits. In most cases, you don't teach the first year, and I think that's perfect. In my opinion, Michener Center is the best program. But that's just for me. Three years, great city, fully funded.
I just think people need to be realistic about this. If you have the money for an MFA and you think it's worth it, pay for it. If you need to take out massive loans, don't do it. For me, I don't want to pay and I don't want loans. I want to teach as little as possible. Time and money is what I want. I can't control who my teachers will be or my peers so I don't care about that. And if I don't get the deal I want this year, I'll just apply again.