A Crapshoot You Can Bet On: The Psychology of Applying to MFA Programs

Benjamin Hedin

If you are applying to MFA programs this fall, what should you believe once e-mails and phone calls informing you of your fate start rolling in? Can the decision be dismissed as having nothing incontroverible to say about your promise as a writer, or is it in fact an accurate assessment of ability? The answer, it turns out, is both.