The MFA Years

…Now what? You’re probably asking yourself:

What is the value of my life if I can’t even get into

a single MFA program?

Why did I spend all that money on a

hopeless dream?

How will I transform the world

and influence future

generations

if my words can’t

even connect with

admissions

committees?

How relevant

is my work if

I don’t have

an MFA to

back up what

I’m saying?

How

will I

continu

e facing

my boss

and

cowork

ers past

April

15?

No matter how delusional these questions sound, they are all valid. Only we know how much we want this degree, this opportunity, this sense of validation. We believe our work will flourish in this Midwestern city. Or that the faculty from this low-res program are the reason I exist. Or that my characters live in New York; I should, therefore, live in New York. Whatever your reasons…

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