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The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: The Wisdom of Anne Lamott

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 04.21.2015 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

I have no idea how I found Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life that year, but I was mesmerized by it from the beginning -- like everyone says, it reads like a novel.

Audiobook Your Way to an MFA

Jeb Harrison | Posted 04.09.2015 | Education
Jeb Harrison

Unlike many of the other low-residency MFA students, I have managed to fulfill the reading and critical paper requirements while hardly cracking a book.

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

Tyler Wells Lynch | Posted 04.02.2015 | Books
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.

Magical Realism and MFA Programs: A Conversation with Author Andrea Lochen

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 04.01.2015 | Books
Brandi Megan Granett

Andrea Lochen is the author of The Repeat Year (Berkley, 2013) and Imaginary Things (Astor + Blue Editions, 2015). She attended the University of Wisconsin in Madison for her Bachelor's degree in English and the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor for her MFA in Creative Writing.

Things I Can Say About MFA Writing Programs (As a Teacher) Now That I No Longer Attend One

Alyssa Pinsker | Posted 03.17.2015 | Comedy
Alyssa Pinsker

As a teacher, the instant validation of publishing a burn rant, might provide some flames to the writer and professor's ego. That's why I advise anyone serious about teaching to spend at least a few years learning that craft.

Hide Your Kids, Hide Your Wifi: Confessions of A Retired Cyber Slut

Danielle Sinay | Posted 04.11.2015 | Women
Danielle Sinay

I was asked to share what I'm working on and I don't really remember what I said. I know I discussed my boyfriend, and ex-boyfriends, then in an attempt to redeem myself for the word vomit made fun of myself by introducing my "writing vibe" as "chill slut."

An Unfinished Work By 'The Kiss' Artist Gustav Klimt Heads To America

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 01.27.2015 | Arts

Some of the world's most famous artworks are nomadic. They travel from one institution to another, borrowed and lent across museums so that art admire...

Portrait of a 'Writer'

Scott Russell | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
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.

Should MFA Programs Be Ranked?

Kate Gale | Posted 08.05.2014 | Books
Kate Gale

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

Some Thoughts on MFA vs. NYC and Planting My Flag with the Huns

Andrew Lewis Conn | Posted 07.29.2014 | Books
Andrew Lewis Conn

That's what writing a novel is like. No matter the precautions and preparation, dangers abound. The game is rigged; the odds of success and survival are not good. MFA vs. NYC? Yeah, sure, exactly. Whatever it takes, however you get there, and everything in between.

The Unsung But Revolutionary Art Institutions of Massachusetts

Malerie Yolen-Cohen | Posted 07.12.2014 | Travel
Malerie Yolen-Cohen

Massachusetts is home to some lesser known -- or even unknown -- but significant centers of culture where you can observe great art, and create some of your own.

An Open Letter to Hannah Horvath About the MFA

Anna Leahy | Posted 05.31.2014 | Books
Anna Leahy

These are matters that any MFA applicant should think through, and you may want to look around.

I Don't Know Do You: 25 Year Old Poet, Roberto Montes, Discusses His First Book

Alissa Fleck | Posted 03.29.2014 | Books
Alissa Fleck

(Justin Sherwood) These days it's an uphill battle getting your writing published, particularly if you're a poet in a society that harbors a growin...

MFA Director Shares Overused Phrases, Beloved Books

Posted 01.23.2014 | Books

Brief Interviews is a series in which writers discuss language, literature, and a handful of Proustian personality questions. James Magnuson is the...

The Lowdown on Art School Risks and Returns

ARTINFO | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
ARTINFO

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...

What to Do With a B.A. in English?

Daniel R. Schwarz | Posted 01.23.2014 | College
Daniel R. Schwarz

After the appearance of my October Huffington blog, "Why Study the Arts and the Humanities?," I have often been asked the question, "What can someone ...

Negative Capability

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 12.21.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

...Negative Capability, that is, when a man is capable of being in uncertainties, mysteries, doubts, without any irritable reaching after fact and rea...

On Teaching the Work of Alice Munro

Daniel Pena | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
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?

Assembling a Chair

Brian D. Cohen | Posted 07.07.2013 | Arts
Brian D. Cohen

Art causes even more problems than it solves, when it questions foregone conclusions and assumptions. And unlike assembling a chair, there isn't one way to do it right and you can't know what it's going to look like by studying the box.

Ryan Grim

Senate Battles Over Online Sales Taxes

HuffingtonPost.com | Ryan Grim | Posted 04.25.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- Merchants, bankers, small businesses, bizarre coalitions, Dick Durbin and Mike Enzi: The Senate is re-enacting its great swipe fee battl...

Laptop-Packin' Mama

Eleni Gage | Posted 05.06.2013 | Parents
Eleni Gage

While being a writer is great and challenging and being a mother is great and challenging, trying to be both simultaneously can sometimes feel like a recipe for disaster.

Back to School Guide: The 10 MFA Programs That Give You the Most Bang For Your Buck

ARTINFO | Posted 10.23.2012 | Arts
ARTINFO

Enrolling in a Fine Art MFA program is a tough decision for any would-be artist, and it comes with multiple considerations. ARTINFO has examined the m...

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

Elizabeth Tannen | Posted 09.23.2012 | Books
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.

Bizarre and Delightful

Edward Goldman | Posted 07.23.2012 | Arts
Edward Goldman

Summertime used to mean that the galleries and museums would take it easy, presenting lackluster group shows and few, if any, challenging solo exhibitions. Not any more. Economy be damned, the Los Angeles art scene is now sizzling year round.

So You Want to Get an MFA?: An Open Letter to My Students

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 05.12.2012 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

You do not have to get an M.F.A. in order to be a writer. You do have to keep writing, read widely, and continue getting feedback on your writing via an online or face-to-face critique group.