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

Lev Raphael | Posted 09.03.2014 | Books
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 08.06.2014 | Books
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 | Books
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 | Books
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 | 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...

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?

I Am Just a Reader

Deborah Plummer | Posted 11.22.2013 | Books
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 | Arts
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 | 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.

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?

Can Creative Writing Be Taught? Therapy For The Disaffected Masses

Anis Shivani | Posted 03.11.2012 | Books
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 | Arts
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 | Books
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 | Arts
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 | Books
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.

Penn State To Cut Top-Ranked MFA Program (Updated)

Seth Abramson | Posted 06.06.2011 | College
Seth Abramson

According to Penn State's Daily Collegian, the university is preparing to cut its creative writing MFA program, which offers concentrations in fiction, poetry and nonfiction.

The Top 10 Creative Writing MFA Program Websites

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

Ever since novelist Tom Kealey advised MFA applicants to consider a program's online promotional materials, young writers have been comparing notes about which program websites measure up.

Is American Poetry At A Dead-End?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

"Is American poetry at a dead-end? Have American poets betrayed the great legacy of modernism? Why or why not?

James Frey and the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

James Frey, author of A Million Little Pieces, is again facing scrutiny for a publishing venture -- a scandal that emphasizes the wide gulf between younger and older literary artists.

A Million Exploited MFA's: How James Frey Benefits from MFA Programs' Willingness to Sell Out Their Students

Hillary Rettig | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Hillary Rettig

Frey's atelier is not all that different from the MFA programs themselves, in that both extract huge amounts of resources from desperate writers in exchange for vivid but undefined promises of success and glory.

Confessions of a Book Slut

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

For as long as I can remember, I was a monogamous reader. I'd start a book and read it straight through no matter how much time that took. Now I'm a book slut.

The New Face of the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

There are now too many literary artists, publishers, readings, salons, conferences, creative writing programs, literary magazines, and bohemian coteries for any one person to keep tabs on.

Creative Writing Programs

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

Just as the guild structure was socially conservative--and hence easily superseded when the more progressive market system, flourishing along with the industrial economy, came along--so is the present MFA credentialing system.

Short Stories

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

A short story is like a toothache and you must drill it and fill it. A novel is more like bridgework.

The Top 25 Underrated Creative Writing MFA Programs (2010-2011)

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

These programs fully fund 70% or more of students, yet receive less attention from applicants than they deserve.