Thursday, December 18, 2008
Unhappy with the Program
A reader writes in below. I just thought it might be some basis for discussion. -- Tom
Hi Tom, I would post this somewhere, but was hoping to stay as anonymous as possible. I'm currently a first-year at an MFA program that I won't disclose, but I'm pretty unhappy with it for various reasons. I thought it might be good to raise somewhere that one should read between the lines when deciding on a program. My current program seems to focus heavily on its poets as opposed to its fiction students, has done little to help us in understanding the industry. Furthermore, I think it should be made clear that prospectives need to take a look at whether their programs are studio programs or closer to MAs with workshops tacked on. Some might be looking for the latter, I don't know. But I know that I was not expecting that at all, and wanted a studio program with literature classes focused from a craft and writer perspective, and instead, find myself sharing literature classes with students from their MA program. Perhaps this is all obvious and I should have looked closer when applying and deciding, but I had made some sort of strange assumption that all MFAs would be studio and craft oriented. If I was just naive or stupid, you can disregard everything I've just said, but this was all stuff I definitely wish someone had pointed out to me when I was making my decision last year.
I am planning on transferring this year to some place I had been accepted to but previously declined.
p.s. I'd appreciate you keeping me anonymous if you decide to bring this up on the blog somewhere. Thanks!