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

by Benjamin Hedin

Department:Special Section
Issue:September/October 2013

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.

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