Tuesday, December 16, 2008
Let's Take a Break from the Columbia Debate
Hi Everyone. Tom Kealey here. Thanks to everyone who has been so thoughtful -- and thorough! -- about the Columbia MFA program debate.
Let's take a break from that right now, at least until the end of Christmas. It's beginning to squeeze out a number of other important matters in this season of research, applications, and (hopefully!) acceptances.
I'll start with a new subject, especially aimed at current or past MFA students: What are the pros/cons in a two-year or three year program? I'm sure that a number of prospective students are weighing this heavily. For me, at UMass, I wrote my best stories in my third year, when I was done with workshop, when I was teaching creative writing, and when I finally had some time to breathe and take stock of all that I'd learned. I don't think I personally could've done that in a third year of working an advertising job in Boston or the like. So, reflections and questions about two and three year MFAs. Thanks again for everyone's thoughtful posts.