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Writers Ask: Hurtin’ Feelings and Burnin’ Bridges

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To MFA or not to MFA: That is the question. Or, one of the questions for this week’s episode of Writers Ask. With the proliferation of graduate creative writing programs, does the degree bring diminishing returns? How important is it to attend a “top tier” program? What can you expect to get out of the experience of devoting 2-3 years to writing? Will it help you build a career?

Also, we explain our beef with flash fiction, and share our pet peeves about writers and social media. Plus, Tom burns a bridge, and Mike tries to find some life lessons in past failures.

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Author: mikeingram25

writer, editor

One thought on “Writers Ask: Hurtin’ Feelings and Burnin’ Bridges

  1. I really appreciated you all’s honest evaluation of MFA programs. I decided not to pursue one a long time ago. In hindsight, and as an observer of folks who did do it, the connections folks get at strong MFA programs do really seem to help. Not sure that’s enough, but… it’s a good argument for one.
    And, also, I’d say, a good argument for not dropping the money on one that will impress publishers less and that fewer publishers and agents will visit.
    This is my outsiders perspective. I’ve been watching long and hard.

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