Applying and Preparing for Your MFA (17106)

Monday, September 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Location: P&P's Classroom (5039 Connecticut Avenue, Unit #7)

$40 (10% off for members)

Options for the serious study of writing are many and varied, and MFAs have proliferated in the last few decades. But what is right for you? A traditional graduate program? Something more genre-specific? Or a DIY program put together with online courses, summer writing workshops, and books on craft?

We’ll look at arguments for and against the MFA, factors to consider when choosing a program, and alternatives to the MFA. We’ll also think about a few things to bear in mind when applying and preparing for your program.

Recommended Reading:
DIY MFA, Gabriela Pereira
MFA vs NYC, Chad Harbach
Narrative Design, Madison Smartt Bell
Crafting the Personal Essay, Dinty Moore
Reading like a Writer, Francine Prose

Claire Handscombe is a British writer who moved to the U.S. in 2012, ostensibly to purse an MFA in Creative Writing, but really, let's be honest, because of a West Wing obsession. Her work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Bustle, the Washingtonian, Washington Life, and the Washington Post.

REFUND POLICY: Please note that we can issue class refunds up until seven (7) days before the first class session.

DIY Mfa: Write with Focus, Read with Purpose, Build Your Community Cover Image
ISBN: 9781599639345
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Writer's Digest Books - July 8th, 2016

MFA vs NYC: The Two Cultures of American Fiction Cover Image
By Chad Harbach (Editor)
ISBN: 9780865478138
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: N+1 - February 25th, 2014

Narrative Design: Working with Imagination, Craft, and Form Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393320213
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 17th, 2000

Crafting the Personal Essay: A Guide for Writing and Publishing Creative Non-Fiction Cover Image
ISBN: 9781582977966
Availability: Not On Our Shelves—Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Writer's Digest Books - September 8th, 2010

Reading Like a Writer: A Guide for People Who Love Books and for Those Who Want to Write Them (P.S.) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780060777050
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Harper Perennial - April 10th, 2007