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Mfa Creative Writing Programs

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.

Why Do Women Bond Over Fat Talk? And Can We Please Stop?

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.27.2014 | Women
Jill Di Donato

No matter how many Women's Studies classes you've taken, or even taught, it's hard to silence the noise that tells you: at least part of your worth is tied to your waistline.

The Agony of Creative Writing

J.J. Colagrande | Posted 09.08.2013 | Books
J.J. Colagrande

From the frontlines of creative writing, it often feels like there are more writers than readers. Are writers preaching to the choir rather than infiltrating the adult masses. Why?

The Geek's Guide to the Writing Life: The Creative Writing Ph.D. Option

Stephanie Vanderslice | Posted 02.07.2013 | Books
Stephanie Vanderslice

Should you get a Ph.D.? It depends. Do you want to teach? If the answer is yes, unless you've already bagged a couple of published books during your M.F.A. program, it wouldn't hurt.

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 | Books
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?

A Poetry Editor Reveals the Secrets of the Trade: Raymond Hammond on How to Fix the Current Poetry Paradigm

Anis Shivani | Posted 02.10.2012 | Books
Anis Shivani

Raymond Hammond is editor of the poetry journal New York Quarterly and the related book imprint New York Quarterly Books, as well as being an esteemed poet in his own right. I recently had a wide-ranging conversation with him about the state of affairs in the poetry world.

Poetry Book Contests Should be Abolished: Why Contests Are the Stupidest Way to Publish First Books

Anis Shivani | Posted 08.02.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Poetry contests are about the only remaining way to publish a first poetry book. And that's one way poetry is being killed in this country, reduced to consensus-by-committee, stripped of individual vision.

Can Writing Be Taught?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Behind McGurl's fancy charts and diagrams is the simplistic idea that because the program era exists, it does so because it serves a useful function.