It’s that time of year. College seniors begin to contemplate their future, and the questions about MFA programs begin to pour in. Some students have done quite a bit of research already, while others seem to know almost nothing. So naturally I end up scrambling for good links and old handouts with articles, tables, and FAQs.
So here’s something to start with –
For the past few years, Poets and Writers has published annual special issues on MFA programs (including up-to-date program rankings). Getting your hands on a few of those is a good idea, but Poets and Writers has some of its tables and articles available online.
There’s also a guide that Poets and Writers put together, and it’s available on the site for $4.99.
Another place I’ve been recommending to my students is The MFA Blog, which has a wealth of information: interviews, advice, and answers to posted questions.
Digging through these sites might take a bit of time, but anyone considering a degree in Creative Writing should begin with some research.