Helpful in Harlem writes in response to last week's mailbag about NY City:
As a fellow cash-strapped New Yorker, I would strongly suggest looking into Hunter College-CUNY. According to their website, "Here you will find an MFA in writing for approximately $8,000." The program appears to be growing quickly under its new director, Peter Carey, the two-time Booker Prize winner. It may not be free, but it's the closest you can find in the New York area.