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A poet with two published books but no MFA, Leigh Stein has nevertheless benefited from the proliferation of creative writing programs.
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.
A survey of writers, including the author herself, who left established careers to earn an MFA in creative writing.
Contributing editor Michael Bourne reconnects with eight former classmates from the MFA program at San Francisco State University to see where the degree has taken them.
In this continuing series, an MFA program director reveals which details and devices caught her eye in the personal statement of a recently admitted student.
A roundup of 78 leading full-residency programs, including a comparative look at funding, student-faculty ratio, job placement, and more; plus a roundup of 26 leading low-residency programs.
A comprehensive article about how we compiled the 2014 MFA Index of full- and low-residency programs, featured in the September/October 2013 issue of Poets & Writers Magazine.
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