Column by Jay Wilburn
Turning children into lifelong readers can be challenging. As a father, an author, and a former teacher, Jay Wilburn discusses how he approached this task with his sons.
Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson reflects on what she got out of a 10-day grad school residency in Vermont.
Column by Patricia Grisafi March 16, 2022
We still treat teenagers like their interests and passions are amusing instead of existence-altering. So I wrote a book on Sylvia Plath to challenge that.
Column by Karis Rogerson January 19, 2022
Writer Karis Rogerson is pursuing a long-held dream of getting an MFA. Here, she shares some of what she does and doesn't expect to gain from the program.
Column by Rob Blair Young June 8, 2021
Until a few years ago, the bulk of my reading came from "WASP" authors. So I spent a year intentionally exploring works from authors of different backgrounds. This is what I learned.
Column by Joshua Isard April 20, 2021
Aspiring novelist need to see the short story as an important part of their growth as writers.
Column by Rob Blair Young April 16, 2021
Many students are stuck in "high school thinking" that prevents real critical analysis. In this article I define what that means, identify where students go wrong, and speculate on why this happens.
Column by Rob Blair Young March 12, 2021
My MFA experience was, in a word, mixed. In this column, I highlight some of the best and worst things about my time pursuing my Master's of Fine Arts in fiction.
Column by Gabino Iglesias June 5, 2020
The last semester of the Gabino Iglesias MFA is here! You made it...but not before you get through these classes. Then, the real work begins.
Column by Gabino Iglesias May 19, 2020
Survived your first year? Welcome to the second year of the world's most honest, useful, and entertaining MFA!
Column by Peter Derk May 14, 2020
Take it from someone who's been there, some of what people tell you is true, and some of it is bull.
Column by Gabino Iglesias April 28, 2020
You survived the first semester? Awesome! Here's what we're doing next.
Column by Gabino Iglesias April 15, 2020
I created a perfect MFA. Here are the classes you'll take during the first semester.
Column by Peter Derk January 23, 2020
It's the time of year for my annual de-motivational talk: Why I'm not applying for any MFA programs.
Column by Stephanie Bonjack October 2, 2018
Open Access is a movement that seeks to circumvent barriers preventing access to information. Think traditional publishing is the only way to go? Think again.
Column by Stephanie Bonjack April 26, 2018
Some professions offer the most amazing stuff for kids to interact with on Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day. And others have, well, computers. How to make the day interesting and memorable.
Column by Karis Rogerson March 22, 2018
There are a slew of reasons to study creative writing in college, if you have the opportunity and chance. Here are just a few.
Column by Richard Thomas November 21, 2017
What are you doing about your dreams? Go after them now. TODAY!
Column by Melissa F. Olson November 9, 2017
Where are all the resources geared toward mid-career writers?
Column by Christoph Paul March 1, 2017
I compare the benefits of getting an M.F.A to the education you get from an agent. I conclude that you get more out of working with an agent than attending an M.F.A. program.
Column by Richard Thomas August 17, 2016
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.
Column by Rob Blair Young May 21, 2015
Is the way we're doing things really working? What's right about our approach? What needs to change? This article re-thinks the way we approach university-level creative writing education.
Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard September 19, 2014
MFA programs are like Club Med for writers. Everything's included: Great locales! Interesting People! Loads of alcohol! (And plenty of reasons to drink it.) But what about the road less traveled?