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.
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
Good luck and Happy Writing!