By: Leslie J. Anderson
If you’re like me, you spent most of your childhood in school. That’s where you learned how to learn, and you’ve probably come to associate improvement with
school. So, when it comes to improving your writing, it’s natural that you
would consider a Master of Arts (MA) or a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) degree.
After all, what better way to give yourself time to write and a structured
place to do it?
But MFAs are time consuming and expensive, and it’s certainly possible to significantly improve as a writer without them. How do you know if an MFA is right for you? And can you reproduce the benefits of an MFA without enrolling in a program?
My take on the MFA debate
Full disclosure: I have both a BA and an MA in writing. It’s hard for me to regret those years; they were a lot of fun and I gained an enormous amount of experience. I also met my husband, so I can’t say my MA was useless. However, I think I could have taken another path, perhaps one that didn’t require so much of my time, money and inner calm.
Based on my experience, I don’t think having an MA or MFA is necessary to become a great writer. This should be obvious to anyone who knows anything about literary history: Many famous and influential writers did not begin in academia.
Instead, to become a better writer without a set path, replicate important aspects of the MFA.
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