Description of Class
So you think you want to get an MFA? This four-week course is designed not only to help you meet that goal, but to clarify your expectations and offer insight into the pros and cons of this watershed endeavor.
Week 1 will function as an information gathering mission. We will discuss expectations, and consider the practical realities of the MFA program, from career prospects to financial considerations. In addition, students will be provided with the secret to an effective Statement of Purpose, as form accountability partners to aid in researching programs.
Week 2: Prior to the second class session, students will have researched potential programs. In class, we will discuss program culture and the importance of mentorship within an MFA program. Students will submit their statements of purpose to teacher for personalized feedback and exchange statements of purpose with their accountability partner for discussion.
Weeks 3 and 4 will be devoted to workshops as student prepare their portfolios. In addition, there will be time for general Q&A.
In the end, students will come away with polished fiction, creative non-fiction, or poetry for portfolio use as well as an effective, flexible Statement of Purpose. Students should not expect an exhaustive info session specific to particular MFA Programs, but rather a deeper understanding of their own goals as they pertain to the MFA.Top