All MFA Creative Writing students are expected to attend closely to questions of form and aesthetics, as well as to the historical and critical contexts of literary work.
Most classes combine workshopping of student-generated work with discussion of assigned texts.
Rowling, Colson Whitehead, Hilton Als and Emily St. But there is another argument, and another list — prominent literary writers and poets with M.
With so much seemingly working against it, it is astounding the degree has gained traction at all.
By last year, that number had more than tripled, to 229 (and another 152 M. programs in creative writing), according to the Association of Writers and Writing Programs.
With so many highly tutored creative writers already out there, is success possible without the instruction and literary connections that are cultivated in M.
“It is a deadly question,” says the literary critic Anis Shivani, author of the 2011 book “Against the Workshop: Provocations, Polemics, Controversies.” “Everyone who wants to be a writer in this country has to confront it, even if you rebel against the M. And your writing will change, he says, and not necessarily for the better. Shivani say the degree is responsible for so-called program fiction — homogenized, over-worskshopped writing void of literary tradition and overly influenced by the mostly upper- and middle-class values and experiences of its students.
“If you do the degree, opportunities open up.” Without it, he warns, you may be able to publish in small presses but are more likely to be “condemned to obscurity,” particularly if you write literary fiction and poetry.
candidates, she says, need to ask: “Am I prepared for that kind of life? U., I got those things.”At the same time, he harbors no illusions about the road ahead.
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