Mar 12, 2006, 8:07 PM
Post #31 of 33
Don't pay for your MFA.
I think this is a little naive ...for those of us who are older and living in an established family situation where, for logistical or financial or other reasons, we cannot move to a new location to attend a 'normal' MFA program, and are pursuing the MFA through the low-residency route. These programs have precious little funding, as the thinking seems to be "keep your day job." And, logically, how could you earn your keep teaching, when you are only on camput a few weeks a semester?
Personally, my "day job" right now is child care, volunteer work at kids' schools, and part time freelance writing/research jobs. We are not rich. I live near a lot of universities that offer MFAs in fiction and poetry, but only four offer an MFA in nonfiction -- one is exhorbitantly expensive even for a wealthy person, another is very very tough to get into and also kind of costly too. The other two don't interest me -- so my only recourse is a low=res program.
Try not to be so cavalier about the funding all of you "regular" full-time, day students will, I hope for your sakes, be able to get. I will find a way to finance my program -- loans, etc., but one thing I don't need is to be made to feel guilty for paying for something that is this important to me. In my situation, what would you do?