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  • Spring 2015 M.F.A. Update: Spotlight on New Books by M.F.A. Grads

    We look at Sara Novic’s novel about a woman who grew up during the Yugoslav wars, Matt Sumell’s collection of linked stories about a man dealing with his mother’s death, a collection from Austin Bunn that takes readers over the edge, and more.

  • Spring 2015 M.F.A. Update: Choices and Voices

    Rufi Thorpe, author of The Girls from Corona Del Mar (Knopf), was a senior in college and “touchingly foolhardy” when she began applying to M.F.A. programs.

  • Spring 2015 M.F.A. Update: M.F.A. Programs to Watch

    This roundup of creative writing programs includes some you’ll surely have heard of and some that may be unfamiliar.

  • Spring 2015 M.F.A. Update: PW Talks with Sherwin Bitsui

    Poet Sherwin Bitsui’s most recent book is "Flood Song" (Copper Canyon, 2009); he serves on the faculty of the low-residency M.F.A. program at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa Fe.

  • Spring 2015 M.F.A. Update: A Literary Season

    In this M.F.A. Update, we help students choose the right program and guide them through the application process. Plus, we preview this year's AWP conference.

  • Candlewick to Take First Look at Lesley M.F.A. Manuscripts

    In what could well be a first-of-its-kind arrangement between an M.F.A. program and a publishing house, Candlewick Press has been given the right of first refusal to the final thesis manuscripts of students graduating from Lesley University's low-residency M.F.A. program in Creative Writing—Writing for Young People Program.

  • Earning My Writing for Children M.F.A. at Simmons

    The books I read as a child and teenager are the ones that left indelible impressions on me, though it took me a while to realize I wanted to dedicate myself to young people’s literature.

  • More Children’s and YA Writing M.F.A. Programs: M.F.A. Update Fall 2014

    Aspiring authors of children’s lit (YA, middle grade, and picture books) have far fewer choices when it comes to graduate work than their counterparts in the fiction, nonfiction, and poetry genres.

  • Simmons College: Children’s Lit, in Theory and Practice: M.F.A. Update Fall 2014

    The Center for the Study of Children’s Literature at Simmons College in Boston, established in 1977, was the nation’s first-ever master of arts in children’s literature.

  • Success Story: PW Talks with Author Matthew Thomas - M.F.A. Update 2014

    Thomas’s personal story is rather epic as well. The 39-year-old author honed his craft in two writing programs, and later worked as a school teacher while he finished his first novel—which he wrote by hand, toiling in obscurity for 10 years.

  • University of Colorado Boulder: M.F.A. Update

    Noah Eli Gordon, a poet and author, most recently of "The Year of the Rooster" (Ahsata, 2013), is on the faculty of the University of Colorado Boulder creative writing program.

  • Why Poets Get M.F.A.s: M.F.A. Update 2014

    Let’s take it as a given that no one studies poetry for the money and fame, or at least not just for the (pitiful) money and (marginal) fame.

  • Why Writers Love Low-Residency Programs: M.F.A. Update 2014

    For many people, traditional M.F.A. programs are impractical.

  • Doctor of Creativity: M.F.A. Update 2014

    The M.F.A. in creative writing is considered a terminal degree, and therefore qualifies graduates to teach at the college level.

  • The M.F.A. Workshop: From Red Ink to Published Book

    The workshop is the core of the creative writing M.F.A. Most graduate programs in creative writing require that students enroll in at least one workshop per semester.

  • MFA Program Profile: Matthew Zapruder on St. Mary's

    Poet Matthew Zapruder, author, most recently, of Sun Bear (Copper Canyon, 2014) is on the core faculty of St. Mary's Creative Writing program based in Moraga, CA. He talked to PW about what makes the program stand out.

  • Writing Can Be Taught: M.F.A. Survey 2014

    It’s pretty safe to say that not only are M.F.A.s everywhere—they’re inextricably woven into the fabric of the contemporary world of American books. Here, we survey the country's M.F.A. scene, looking at funding, post-graduate job opportunities, and more.

  • M.F.A. Survey 2014: The Complete Supplement

    Read the complete M.F.A. 2014 package in this Scribd reader.

  • M.F.A. Survey 2014: What’s the Big Deal?

    In 2010, it was Téa Obreht (Cornell ’09) with The Tiger’s Wife. In 2011, it was Chad Harbach (Virginia ’04) with The Art of Fielding. In 2012, it was Karen Russell (Columbia ’06) with her Pulitzer-finalist Swamplandia!, and a year or two from now, it will be Garth Hallberg (NYU ’06). Knopf recently purchased the 34-year-old author’s 900-page debut novel, City of Fire, after a bidding war escalated the closing price to nearly $2 million. But how much does an M.F.A. have to do with a writer’s success?

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