An Agent is a Living M.F.A.

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.

Storyville: How to Survive a Creative Writing Workshop

Column by Richard Thomas February 22, 2017
A guide to surviving your creative writing workshop.

Storyville: Continuing Your Writing Education

Column by Richard Thomas August 17, 2016
Some tips and advice about how to continue your writing education.

The Problems and Virtues of a University Creative Writing Education

Column by Robbie Blair 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.

The Self-Taught MFA: Novel Idea or Fairy Tale, Part 2

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard October 9, 2014
You mean I could do an MFA, my very own way? Ya don't say...

5 Things Literary Writers Can Learn from Sci-Fi Writers

Column by Susan DeFreitas September 24, 2014
Think you know what's what because you've got a fancy MFA? Think again. Sci-fi writers know things about workshops, critique, process, and craft that you probably don't—but should.

The Self-Taught MFA: Novel Idea or Fairy Tale?

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?

The 7 People You Meet in Workshop Hell

Column by Naturi Thomas-Millard August 22, 2013
Where we look at such non-helpfuls as The Simon Cowell, who reduces group members to tears, and The Networker, who spends each session tweeting how everyone in the workshop is such a loser.

Seriously Though, Do I Really Need An MFA?

Column by Rob Hart June 12, 2012
It's a tough question many writers struggle with: Is it worth it to get an MFA? On one hand, you get intense instruction. On the other, you pay A LOT of money. Can we talk about this?

Honey, I Shrunk the MFA Application Pile: Crafting Your Statement of Purpose

Column by Stephen Graham Jones April 17, 2012
Forget GPA, GRE, and letters of recommendation. Your Statement of Purpose is where you either get into your chosen MFA program or not.