I've edited out the name of the program in this email. Regardless of the writer's experience, the question comes down to Second MFA or Ph.D.?
I don't have either, and I'm not planning on getting one or either, so I'm hesitant to answer. I would point us all to an earlier post about the Ph.D and the job market, and I also know that we've had some posts for second MFA in the past. A google search would likely find this.
Finally, this email is a good reminder/warning for everyone currently applying to MFA programs. Do your research and make your phone calls. Thanks Mulling
I'm a second year fiction student in _______'s Creative Writing program. Although the program has a pretty good reputation, I'm afraid my experience here hasn't been what I had envisioned. The students are great, but the faculty leaves a little to be desired. The problem, I think, is that there is only one fiction professor who teaches graduate classes in fiction. Two others teach only undergraduate, and another was on sabbatical last year and will be again this year.
So I'll only have had access to one fiction professor during my time here, and though I feel he's a very good writer, he's often unprepared for class (in workshop last year he would occasionally ask for a few extra minutes so he could finish reading our stories).
So my question is:
1. Would applying for a second MFA be a good idea? Would programs look at my application and see someone who couldn't make it work the first time and toss my application aside?
2. Are there MFA programs out there who would be more accepting of someone who already has an MFA?
3. Would applying to a PhD program in Creative Writing make more sense?
Personally, I'd rather try my hand at a second MFA, because I believe I could focus more on writing.
Finally, I'd like to reiterate what you've said about talking to current students before choosing an MFA program. Had I done this the first time, I might not be in this predicament.
Mulling over a major decision in ________