Don’t get an MFA

Don't get an MFA.Just write.Don’t get an MFA.

Just write.

All an MFA does is prove to yourself that you are committed to your writing. That’s the ultimate experience you want, right?

You don’t need an MFA, all those expenses for that.

Just write.

And take a class at the local college. or hire a writing coach. Or read a book, or many books. Or do NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). Or join a critique group.

What do you do to get yourself writing?

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  1. Just to be clear: I don’t have an MFA, I have a MS in computer science and
    dropped out of getting my PhD. I have a day job (computer software
    engineer), have written a book that will be published in two years, and
    am working on a second, among other projects. So I can attest to the fact
    that it’s far from necessary to get an MFA in order to write.

    And what have I done? Taken classes and workshops, online and in person,
    worked with a coach, joined several critique groups, worked with a writing
    buddy. All of which work.

    Still, the idea of an MFA intrigues me — or if not the degree, certainly the
    masters level writing classes. And why? Not because I want to teach
    at the university level, an entirely, IMO, valid reason for going for the degree,
    but just plain because I think it would be a blast.

    It’s not going to happen any time soon, but it is on my long list of things to do

    And getting myself writing is usually not a problem — getting the housework
    done before I sit down to write is.

  2. Beth Barany says:

    Margaret, LOL about the housework. You could always do the housework as a reward for having written! Yes, you’ve done all the tings available to a writer to improve craft and understand the biz. RE: another reason to get an MFA — networking with those in the know. For example, I am actually thinking of getting an MFA in Young Adult literature. So I can learn from some of the best. I don’t need the MFA to confirm my abilities, though I can always improve as a writer.

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