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Thursday, March 24, 2011

MFA for $6

A few months ago I shared five things to keep in mind when deciding whether or not you wanted to pursue an MFA. I recently ordered The Portable MFA in Creative Writing – hardcover – from Writer’s Digest for six dollars.
Too many people complete their MFA without the tools they need. Others never get the opportunity to even begin an MFA. Whether you have your MFA, are currently taking classes to do so or are only considering it, I recommend this book. The introduction alone is worth the cost.

Writers can obtain the core knowledge of a prestigious $50,000 MFA program without paying tuition. With real-world instruction and career advice, this book includes sections on fiction personal essay and memoir, magazine writing, poetry, and playwriting.

The book is authored by several teachers of the New York Writers Workshop. (Some of these professors also co-host a webzine at www.ducts.org and run a monthly reading series.) This teacher-founded, teacher-run writing collective in New York City offers courses to writers of all levels on short stories, novels, non-fiction and other disciplines. This book is a compilation of information from some of their most popular classes including:
  • Inspiration and tips on revision, stamina, and productivity
  • Clear instruction on the craft behind the art
  • Detailed reading lists to expand your literary horizons
  • Exercises to improve your writing endeavors
I have not yet finished reading this book. I’ve focused my attention on the fiction chapter which is divided into essential elements of fiction and becoming a better writer. While I am by no means suggesting everyone who buys this book will be an accomplished writer at the end of reading it, I do believe you will have learned many of the elements they teach you in college for a fraction of the time and cost. It’s up to you to practice what you’ve learned and chase success.

Good luck and Happy Writing!

7 comments:

Bish Denham said...

Wow, sounds like a good one!

Lynda R Young said...

sounds great. I'm always on the look out for these kinds of books.

Kari Marie said...

I think I have a version of this book for Marketing. It was good. I'll check it out. Thanks!

Ann Best said...

I saw you had come into my blog and congratulated me on my book cover. Thank you! And now I'm here to meet you.

I was fortunate to get an MFA the "old-fashioned" way at George Mason University, Fairfax, Virginia, back in 1982-1988. It was so much fun--the workshops, the professors, the students. Wouldn't trade it for anything, especially since my not so well-written thesis became the genesis, 20 years later, of my memoir about to be published.

But as second best, this book sounds good.

Like you, I like to encourage writers, and to read what they've published. I'd like to read your story. I'll check into the anthology. It's for a worthy cause.

Rosalind Adam said...

Sounds like an interesting book and I do try to spend a certain amount of time reading books on the art/skills of creative writing but I'm afraid get too easily distracted. For me you can't beat meeting up with a group of like-minded writers and discussing issues and work-in-progress.

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~Deirdra

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