Choosing to pursue a Master of Fine Arts degree may be the right choice for some, but probably isn’t for everyone. Here are my thoughts on the pros and cons of the MFA.
Show Notes and Links:
01:39 The fifth anniversary of my blog
03:28 Some of the most popular posts have been centered around the topic of the Masters of Fine Arts (MFA) degree
04:50 My own path to an MFA
07:27 Misgivings and fears about pursuing an MFA
10:10 Every year, thousands of writers have a similar experience to mine: desire for structure, feedback, and community
13:00 Overview of the MFA question: some pros and cons
14:44 There ARE other ways to accomplish most of the same goals, except for an accredited degree
16:10 There is an instinct to rush into an MFA program, but it isn’t always the best option. Which is right for you?
17:29 Consider what you will do AFTER the MFA BEFORE you even start it.
19:10 If you decide the MFA path is the path for you, tackle it with everything you have. Make the most of that time.
20:00 Go into the MFA with eyes wide open. It takes more than just the program to continue a productive writing life after the program is over and the external motivation is no longer there.
23:40 What an MFA will NOT do for you.
26:00 The question, “Should I get an MFA or not?” is a valid one. Here’s what I tell people who ask me that question.
28:27 What DO you get from an MFA? A lot of positive things, in a convenient way.
30:12 Only you can decide if an MFA is right for you. I hope these thoughts on the MFA have helped you make a good decision.
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