The MFA as Calling Card Round-Up

August 12, 2016 § 9 Comments


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Your Helpful MFA Mentor

Last month we ran Emily Smith’s blog post suggesting that the MFA in creative writing was a calling card of sorts, allowing entry into certain corners of the literary world.  The post garnered plenty of  commentary, and a number of follow-up blog posts.  Here they are, all rounded up into one neat package, for your reading pleasure (or to share with your students contemplating a graduate degree):

The MFA as Calling Card, by Emily Smith

The MFA is Not a Calling Card, by Dinty W. Moore

The MFA is Not A Calling Card: The Low-Residency View, by Kevin Haworth

Why the MFA was the Right Choice for Me, by Jayme Russell

The MFA as Friend, by Kelly Green

The MFA as Rampant Careerism, by Matthew Schmeer

No MFA for Me, by Tim Drugan-Eppich

 

 

 

 

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§ 9 Responses to The MFA as Calling Card Round-Up

  • Thanks for the follow

    On Fri, Aug 12, 2016 at 8:38 AM, BREVITYs Nonfiction Blog wrote:

    > Dinty W. Moore posted: ” Last month we ran Emily Smith’s blog post > suggesting that the MFA in creative writing was a calling card of sorts, > allowing entry into certain corners of the literary world. The post > garnered plenty of commentary, and a number of follow-up blog posts.” >

  • Debby Mayer says:

    Thank you! I needed this.

    Debby Mayer

  • Debby Mayer says:

    What about the MFA as Rampant Careerism? That doesn’t seem to be here.

    Debby Mayer

  • […] And in case you missed any of the recent “MFA As Calling Card” posts over on the Brevity blog, the series has been neatly collected for you. […]

  • Jennifer says:

    Interesting viewpoints.

    Questions: Does anyone know the amount of successful* poets without an MFA versus the amount with one? I mean, the ones publishing in present times.
    Can anyone name some successful poets without a graduate degree who are current?

    *Define “successful” as having a collection published by a reputable press or appears often in venerable literary magazines.

  • As far as I know, Terri Kirby Erickson does not have an MFA, but she has published multiple collections of poetry with Press 53 and received multiple awards. Press 53 is an independent and well-respected press.

  • […] The MFA or not debate rages on, with the latest sally, from Emily Smith, called “The MFA as Calling Card.” “There’s a number of think pieces as to why writers continue to invest in a degree that will saturate them in debt, but the answer seems pretty clear: the MFA is a literary calling card, a title not unlike Vanderbilt or Kennedy that can often buy entry into the otherwise classist structure of the literary world,” she writes. There were so many responses that Brevity rounded them up. […]

  • Lucas Shepherd says:

    Really enjoyed this debate! Thanks for gathering all the pieces in one location for your readership

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