Okay, so there has been a discussion about size of CW MFA programs and Art School versus English Department program. What about the city or college town that an M.F.A. student ends up living in for two whole years?
Obviously, many students are attracted by NYC and its constant movement, cultural centers, and museums. Just sitting in a subway car has its moments with all kinds of people running from here to there. There is plenty of fodder in everyday life in big cities to give a CW student inspiration to write. The downsides are the potential distractions. Will I write enough and get work done?
The opposite setting is a college town like Charlottesville, Virginia or even Amherst, Massachusetts. A writer can close oneself off from the outside world and concentrate on one’s craft. In such a setting, a student might have nothing more appealing to do than write for days. How many farms are out there?
Are these just assumptions? What’s your opinion?