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underpurplemoon from PDX August 31, 2012 - 9:18am
LitReactor
75% (3 votes)
MFA
25% (1 vote)
Total votes: 4

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break August 31, 2012 - 9:32am

"Better" in what sense?

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Meredith_103 August 31, 2012 - 9:43am

Hi Jen,

It's interesting to stumble upon this question today since I am just rejoining the LR community after a break I forced myself to take from the internet (to devote more time to my MFA work).

LR - less expensive; more open to genre fiction; you only have to read the stories that interest you; more feedback from a variety of people and in a very timely manner; flexibility to adjust your involvement based on your schedule.

MFA - higher pressure (it's much harder to skip a deadline and/or write a so-so story if you are submitting it on the internet vs. when you have to sit in a classroom of people dissecting it); face to face interaction and socializing with people in your area; constant, longer-term involvement with the same group of writers.

So that's my two cents (if it's even worth that much). I can't vote because I love them both.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 31, 2012 - 10:14am

Well, LR won't qualify you to teach.

Even folks with MFAs workshop and have writers groups after they are done with it. I don't think and MFA and LR serve the same purpose, so it's hard to quantify which is "better". 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 31, 2012 - 10:16am

I double posted.

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bryanhowie from FW, ID is reading East of Eden. Steinbeck is FUCKING AMAZING. August 31, 2012 - 10:26am

Huk is better.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 31, 2012 - 1:04pm

Hmmm. Definitely true.

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Jack Campbell Jr. from Lawrence, KS is reading American Rust by Phillipp Meyer August 31, 2012 - 2:03pm

Like Sparrow said, Lit Reactor won't qualify you to teach. You still need the degree for some things.

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underpurplemoon from PDX August 31, 2012 - 2:46pm

"Better" in what sense?

Better for the individual as a whole. If a writer wants to teach, then MFA. If a writer doesn't have the time and money, LitReactor. It just depends on what the writer is aiming for.

 

I can't vote because I love them both.

I was in an MFA (low residency) program, so I know how you feel. There's an online MFA program too, two universities offer them that I know of.

With the MFA, you'll gain a lot of networking points, and I wish I could have stuck with it. Unfortunately, work got in the way. Then again, LitReactor is starting to do real-life meet-ups.

I'm so glad I took the LitReactor class! Helped a lot. Gave me some sort of direction I needed to go toward.

 

I don't think and MFA and LR serve the same purpose, so it's hard to quantify which is "better".

Every writer has his/her own agenda. My agenda is still unclear, but I'm just writing constantly like a maniac now. Writing is like second nature, and it feels good. In my mind, LitReactor does share something big with an MFA program, connections.

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books August 31, 2012 - 3:08pm

I'm more than aware we all have different agendas, but as many are pointing out, you can't answer "which is better" without a lot of qualifiers.

 

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated August 31, 2012 - 5:54pm

I've never seen either one lead to riches and power, but I tend to enjoy interacting with folks from LR more then MFA.

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JEFFREY GRANT BARR from Central OR is reading Nothing but fucking Shakespeare, for the rest of my life September 1, 2012 - 12:37am

I don't know what an MFA is (masters of fine arts? people dont actually do that, do they?), so I am using this opportunity to compare punk/hardcore bands who are named with acronyms:

TSOL vs MDC?

SOD vs MOD?

COC vs DRI?

SNFU vs ... just kidding, SNFU fucking rules. 

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Brandon from KCMO is reading Made to Break September 1, 2012 - 11:11am

"I'm more than aware we all have different agendas, but as many are pointing out, you can't answer "which is better" without a lot of qualifiers."

Exactly. 

And then she says this: "Better for the individual as a whole. If a writer wants to teach, then MFA. If a writer doesn't have the time and money, LitReactor. It just depends on what the writer is aiming for."

Jen, don't you think we know that?

I don't think you know the agenda of your own thread.  It exists for the sake of itself, and therefore, is more like art.  We should all just look at the thread and talk about what feelings it evokes.

 

 

 

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ReneeAPickup from Southern California is reading A truckload of books September 1, 2012 - 11:56am

Or we could have a conversation about "good art" and "bad art".

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Dwayne from Cincinnati, Ohio (suburbs) is reading books that rotate to often to keep this updated September 1, 2012 - 12:23pm

Her agenda is to drive us all insane, one debate at a time. Well played Jen, well played.