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May 16, 2007, 10:07 PM

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Re: [mattk] Choosing an MFA Program (2008)

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There are plenty of off-the-radar programs where you'll receive a fine (often free) education and be around top-notch student writers. This is a very limited sample, but the two most accomplished writers I know personally (journal editors, tenured professors, multiple books) came from absolutely unknown programs, and I know at least 3 Columbia grads who have gone nonwhere (except into debt!)

Good points. I went to a small, out-of-the-way program (for free) and had excellent teachers and made plenty of connections with established writers.

The MFA degree itself is pretty much a "podunk" degree that most folks in academic circles look down upon anyway--insofar as being "terminal"--esp. now that more places are offering the PhD in Lit/CW (read the “Is the PhD the new MFA” article in the latest P&W). Unless you have at least one well-regarded, published book or two to go along with your MFA, the degree is good for freshman comp gigs and editorial work in large cities with high cost of living standards.

(This post was edited by gcsumfa on May 16, 2007, 10:09 PM)

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Post edited by gcsumfa (Enthusiast) on May 16, 2007, 10:07 PM
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