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Just as the guild structure was socially conservative--and hence easily superseded when the more progressive market system, flourishing along with the industrial economy, came along--so is the present MFA credentialing system.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

Columbia Professor's E-mail to Students Was Pure Fiction

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | College
Seth Abramson

Columbia University and Professor Hospital should be looking to their own house rather than sending dodgy communiqués to a smaller, much-better-funded program which is currently enjoying a meteoric rise in popularity and reputation.

The Decline of the New York City MFA

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

New York City MFAs are subject to a vicious circle from which some may not escape.

What's The State Of American Poetry?

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

This seems to be a particularly angst-ridden moment for the followers of American poetry. Is it savagely alive, or is it a moribund corpse, having long been administered last rites?

Six Myths About the Creative Writing Master of Fine Arts

Seth Abramson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Seth Abramson

Myth: MFA programs are desperate for tuition dollars, so they'll admit almost anyone. Fact: Portland State's MFA (ranked #52 nationally) is a tougher admit than University of Pennsylvania's undergraduate program.

Are MFA Programs a Waste of Time? Mine Wasn't

Lev Raphael | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Lev Raphael

I emerged a more experienced and dedicated writer, a better teacher, and someone more determined to make it as an author even in the face of savage criticism.

Writer Wednesday: 11 Of The Best MFA Writing Programs (PHOTOS)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

Each Wednesday, Twitter users celebrate writing with the hashtag #writerwednesday, usually used to suggest new writers to follow. We've been expanding...

Voice in Fiction: A Favorite MFA/Writing Program Shibboleth

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I hope I never see the day when I've found my voice. How is it possible to ever find your voice? Voice is mystical. It puts the writer on a pedestal. No writer worth his salt ought to want that.

David Lehman's Incestuous Coterie: Why the New 'Best American Poetry' Sucks Even More Than Its Twenty-One Predecessors

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

For years, the Best American Poetry series has been on a downward slope (using slope in the most generous sense of the word). For its 2009 edition, it seems to have reached a final resting point.

Iowa Writers' Workshop Graduate Spills It All: Interview with John McNally, Author of "After the Workshop"

Anis Shivani | Posted 05.25.2011 | Books
Anis Shivani

I thought McNally, because he has experienced the Iowa Writers' Workshop firsthand--and lived to tell the funniest tale ever written about it--would be an ideal subject to interview about a lot of concerns in the writing and publishing industries.