I, for one, love it when people keep it real. Needless to say when I read the title of Nancy’s article – “The World Doesn’t Give a Rat’s Ass About Your MFA” – my attention was peaked. In addition to keeping it real, she also dishes out some really good advice.
Some of the things you are almost guaranteed to get in an MFA – any MFA really, never mind one of the “good ones”:
* Time to write.
* A group of people who read your work closely and give you feedback.
* A group of people who take you seriously as a writer.
* Lists of great books and the obligation to read them.
Things you are likely to find during your MFA:
* A voice.
* A reality check.
* One amazing writing mentor.
* One really, really flaky professor.
* Annoying workshop mates.
* Doubt again.
* The ability to take yourself seriously as a writer.