What I Learned at Residency — How to Believe In Myself Again

Column by Karis Rogerson
Karis Rogerson reflects on what she got out of a 10-day grad school residency in Vermont.

Is My MFA Worth It? For the Sense of Belonging, It Is

Column by Karis Rogerson July 29, 2022
Karis Rogerson reflects on her first semester in an MFA program at VCFA, and whether or not it's worth it.

What I Do and Don't Think I'll Get Out of My MFA in Writing

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.

Five Things I Loved (and Five I Loathed) About My MFA Experience

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.
Mckenzie Cassidy on Fact vs. Fiction and the Book You End Up With

Mckenzie Cassidy on Fact vs. Fiction and the Book You End Up With

Interview by Christoph Paul
Mckenzie Cassidy's debut novel, "Here Lies a Father", is out now from Kaylie Jones Books, an imprint of Akashic Books.

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: Fourth Semester

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.

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: Third Semester

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!

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: Second Semester

Column by Gabino Iglesias April 28, 2020
You survived the first semester? Awesome! Here's what we're doing next.

The Gabino Iglesias Online MFA: First Semester

Column by Gabino Iglesias April 15, 2020
I created a perfect MFA. Here are the classes you'll take during the first semester.

Talking Myself Out of the MFA

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.

Reflections on the Difficulties and Influence of Joyce

Column by Joshua Isard February 1, 2019
One writer's account of appreciating the good and the bad of James Joyce.
LitReactor Instructor Joshua Isard on Creative Writing, Getting an MFA, and the

LitReactor Instructor Joshua Isard on Creative Writing, Getting an MFA, and the Long View

Interview by Joshua Chaplinsky
Author and MFA Program Director Joshua Isard talks about what to expect from his new class, The Cornerstones of Short Story Writing, and the pros and cons of getting an MFA.

Hack The MFA

Column by Peter Derk
This one little guide can save you $20,000. Seems like a good investment.

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 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.

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.