Mad for Teaching in Massachusetts writes in with a question about teaching experience. I don't have the time today to get to an answer, though I'll get to it later in the week. In the meantim, I'd be interested to hear what our blog readers have to say, especially those who've been through MFA (residency or low-residency) or Ph.D. programs.
I'm really interested in teaching writing someday and have three questions for you regarding MFA programs and teaching:
1. Would it be harder for me to find a teaching job after completing my MFA if I do a low-res program?
2. Which programs are the best for preparing people to teach? (ie- who offers classes in teaching, offers a decent amount of TA positions)
3. Should I be considering a PhD instead? Writing is my passion and most English PhDs do not offer a ton of writing courses so that's a big downfall. On the other hand PhDs have a better chance in the job marketplace.