Feb 28, 2009, 2:03 PM
Post #2435 of 2979
Don't sweat it. You asked a totally valid question. I don't want to slag on people who want an MFA solely to improve their writing; I think that really has to be what it's all about. But for those with few connections and little means (those who have to work 40+ hours per week before and after MFA program), going back to trying to get past the slush pile, post-MFA, can be pretty panic-inducing. Anyway, your question - how much exposure to publishers and agents an MFA program provides - is one I wish I would have considered a bit more seriously when deciding which program to attend, for sure. I know people who have left MFA programs with agents, and I know people who have left MFA programs with no connections whatsoever. Guess who's publishing more readily? It doesn't always work like that, of course, but that doesn't mean it's not a valid consideration.