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Interview With Robert Stapleton, Editor of Booth: A Journal

Anis Shivani | Posted 03.18.2016 | Home
Anis Shivani

I had the pleasure of meeting fellow Californian Robert Stapleton at a literary conference in Houston recently, and was struck by both the content and...

5 Reasons Why You Should Do an MFA

Lev Raphael | Posted 12.10.2016 | Home
Lev Raphael

Writers ask me all the time if they should do an MFA, a degree that gets lots of negative criticism these days. I tell them that my own experience was very positive, a great start to a long career, and I list the main things I got out of the MFA.

Going Dutch: How a Great Museum Produces a Really Great Exhibition

Michael Levin | Posted 10.28.2016 | Home
Michael Levin

The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (MFA), is host to a phenomenal exhibition of 17th-century Dutch paintings depicting the wealthy, the working class, and the places where the classes connect.

The Beginning of the End of Traditional Higher Education

Jeb Harrison | Posted 07.28.2016 | Home
Jeb Harrison

Why do so many continue to risk lifelong indebtedness for a diploma? Has a traditional college education become an anachronism in the digital age?

Artist Highlights Just How Hard It Is To Make A Living As A Woman In Art

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.29.2015 | Home

Head over to the website for Los Angeles-based artist Kate Durbin's newest project, "Cloud Nine," and you'll be greeted by a few lustful mouths lined ...

From MFAs To Bloggers, Why Are There So Many Young Writers?

Tyler Wells Lynch | Posted 06.02.2015 | Home
Tyler Wells Lynch

Professional writing -- be it screenwriting or copywriting -- has never been a simple career path, let alone a financially sound one. The difference today is that the competition is way too fierce for the demand.

Writers of Color Need Something More

Vanessa Mártir | Posted 03.24.2015 | Home
Vanessa Mártir

You learn that in order to succeed, you have to assimilate to a culture that is not your own and does not welcome you, no matter what you do.

What's the Point of Writing Fiction, If It Doesn't Pay the Bills?

Holly Robinson | Posted 01.05.2015 | Home
Holly Robinson

If you're trying to make a living as a fiction writer, I certainly know a great many self-published writers who are able to do that. Literary writers, or even commercial writers like me, have a tougher time making a solid income from our fiction.

Portrait of a 'Writer'

Scott Russell | Posted 01.03.2015 | Home
Scott Russell

Every time I write, I find myself forced to confront parts of myself that I'd rather run away from. At the moment, I want to run away from my own egotism, considering the way I'm going on and on about me. Focus on others to find true happiness, they say. Let's give that a shot.

How to Succeed as a Writer? It Takes a Village

Holly Robinson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Home
Holly Robinson

Long before I published my first novel, I tried to join a neighborhood fiction writing workshop, only to be told by one member, 'Sorry, come back when you get published. We can't accept novices.' Yeah, that stung.

One Key Thing Writing Teachers Never Told Me and Probably Won't Tell You

Lev Raphael | Posted 11.03.2014 | Home
Lev Raphael

Social media is supposedly the answer to the eternal question of what will make your book a hit, and there are hundreds of people willing to sell you a book (or their consulting services) that they guarantee will reveal the secret to success. It's all 21st-century snake oil.

Virginity and Potential: A Case for Revision

Melanie Bishop | Posted 10.05.2014 | Home
Melanie Bishop

I should confess that I have never been a fan of revision. I preach to my students about its importance, but I am loath to embark on it myself. I want what I write to be right the first time.

Should MFA Programs Be Ranked?

Kate Gale | Posted 08.05.2014 | Home
Kate Gale

MFA programs can be a wonderful experience. Choose wisely and keep your expectations within reason.

Creative Writing Program or Creative Writing Mill? Effectiveness and Outcomes For Female And Minority Writing Program Students

Rae Bryant | Posted 06.28.2014 | Home
Rae Bryant

How well does your creative writing program rank in job placement and graduate publication placement? How does your writing program address gender and diversity?

The Lowdown on Art School Risks and Returns

ARTINFO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home

For aspiring artists, December is the cruelest month, when thoughts of pursuing an MFA must turn to action or be cast to the winds. It's grad school a...

On Teaching the Work of Alice Munro

Daniel Pena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Daniel Pena

Alice Munro's writing, like all great writing, teaches us to be human. It engages big questions in small spaces: What does it mean to be regional? What does it mean to be Canadian? What does it mean to be a mother? What does it mean to be betrayed?

I Am Just a Reader

Deborah Plummer | Posted 11.22.2013 | Home
Deborah Plummer

With on-demand publishing companies putting out the works of over 400,000 self-published titles and MFA programs cranking out a slew of new writers, readers are more and more in demand... especially readers who do not want to be writers and who are satisfied with the pure joy of reading.

Post-Bac Programs: Where Artists Get a Bit of Retooling en Route to a Career

Daniel Grant | Posted 11.17.2013 | Home
Daniel Grant

Not everyone who goes to graduate school comes straight from college. Some like to take a break from school, get a bit of work experience under their ...

I Loved My MFA But Did It Make Me Hate Everything Else?

Elizabeth Tannen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Home
Elizabeth Tannen

As writers, we need to be aware of the ways in which our work can be read; weeding out the useful from the non-useful is an important skill, as is reading closely for what might be improved. But it can be a slippery slope.

Setting the Record Straight on Creative Writing: What We Really Do in School (And It's Not All Recess)

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 06.12.2012 | Home
Stephanie Vanderslice

Too often, detractors of creative writing as an academic field use a small part of what we do to make a sweeping generalization. So how does an MFA program in creative writing work?

Can Creative Writing Be Taught? Therapy For The Disaffected Masses

Anis Shivani | Posted 03.11.2012 | Home
Anis Shivani

Creative writing is a subset of therapy, with the same essential modalities -- except, like everything else in our culture, it comes in a stripped, dumbed down version that partakes little of the rigors of psychotherapy.

Triangulation: Past, Present And Future at California State University, Northridge's Art Department

Lisa Adams | Posted 02.14.2012 | Home
Lisa Adams

Triangulation is thoughtfully selected and impeccably installed, making vivid the connections stated in the curatorial essay.

Why MFA Programs Matter

Brian Joseph Davis | Posted 10.17.2011 | Home
Brian Joseph Davis

The love-hate relationship between creative writing MFA programs and writers has not changed much since Kurt Vonnegut was playfully piqued by the emerging phenomenon of writing programs in the 1960s.

MFA: Is It Necessary? -- The Debate

Jane Chafin | Posted 09.12.2011 | Home
Jane Chafin

A degree is not something I look for when selecting artists for Offramp Gallery. The bottom line is always the work. I look for work that's honest, creative, original, skillfully executed and intensely visual.

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs (2011-2012)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.18.2011 | Home
Seth Abramson

The twenty-five programs listed here fully fund a sizable percentage of incoming students, yet still receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.