Guides and Advice
(with a grain of salt here and there)
Over the years, I’ve had a lot of students and friends ask for my thoughts on applying for MFA programs, fellowships, and submitting work. Here, I’ve decided to start chronicling some of that advice. I’m just one person with one particular set of experiences, but I hope that this information might be of use to writers. In the coming months, I'll be adding more topics.
Should I Get an MFA in Creative Writing?
A big note, that applies to everything here: I’m a firm believer that we overall do our best work when we have a stable base from which to reflect on our lives and our writing. Contrary to popular stories about writers creating their best work during bouts of extreme depression, I’ve found that most writers have a hard time writing when we're deeply depressed, let alone writing work we actually love. And in the end, it doesn’t matter how great the writing is if you’re absolutely miserable. The following guides and advice are written with this in mind.
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