Ready to Jump Ship writes in...
As someone in their late 20s with 3 degrees already behind them (B.A., J.D., Master's), it seems somewhat reckless to embark on yet another degree. I don't have responsibilities that would prevent me from doing so, but I want to make sure the desire for the M.F.A. is not just a whim. I'm writing creative fiction again and reading tons as usual. I have worked for a couple years as a lawyer, so I'm not completely academified yet. And I don't think I'm just in search of another degree. I was planning on a Ph.D. in my Master's field (urban planning and policy) and had already settled on an academic life, when my nagging creativity began to take hold again.
Basically, I would like to test the waters. I've researched both the UCLA Extension program and Gotham Writer's Workshop. Other than a modest price differential, it's difficult to discern a difference. I'd like to take an on-line class or two before deciding on whether the M.F.A is the right step. Any advice on which program to choose? I suppose I can't ask how one knows that the writing life is for them.
RtJS, we had a number of people express doubts about the Gotham Writers Workshop in a previous post. I'd heard good things about it, but now I'm unsure.
UCLA Extention has a good reputation. I know a person whose taken fiction and screenwriting there, and he liked it a lot.
One more to add to the mix now: Berkeley Online Extension.
As with all of these options: the teacher matters the most. But the question is: How do we find out who the good teachers are? Maybe the better question is: Which programs have the most consistently gifted teachers?
In any case, do any of our readers have insights on these programs? Thanks.