Applying to Grad School? A Quick (Real) Guide to Applying to MFAs

Application season is a dreadful, exhausting season for many MFA-seeking writers. It’s true when they say (‘they’ being current MFA students, past applicants, and program faculty) applying to MFA programs is not for the faint-hearted. For one, it takes forever. Researching and deciding on your top schools is not a simple task. Most programs require … Continue reading Applying to Grad School? A Quick (Real) Guide to Applying to MFAs

Old School: Interview with Sophia Starmack of The Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellowship

In the world of fellowships, The Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown enjoys name recognition among writers and artists. The program is internationally known as a fantastic center for developing visual and literary art, and offers a 7-month residency granting fellowships to 20 emerging writers and artists. Their upcoming deadline for writing applications is Dec. … Continue reading Old School: Interview with Sophia Starmack of The Fine Arts Work Center Provincetown Fellowship

Tips for First-Gen College Students Applying to an MFA Program

Applying to grad school can be a tedious, confusing process—especially for first-generation college students who have continuously had to rely on themselves along the way. Figuring out what I needed in a grad program was difficult because I didn’t know many people who had went to graduate school. Most of the people I had personal … Continue reading Tips for First-Gen College Students Applying to an MFA Program

Best “Worst” Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs, Part II: Actual Advice

So! You have decided that this year is the year to apply to MFA programs. You are ready to eat, sleep, breathe, panic, breathe again, drink, and embody creative writing theory and workshops. Maybe you’re fresh-faced and naively eager for the application process, maybe it’s your third go-around and you’ll be damned if you get … Continue reading Best “Worst” Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs, Part II: Actual Advice

Best Worst Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs

So you’ve decided to apply to MFA programs. Congratulations! You think this could be your way out, or your way in. Maybe you have spent the past three years waiting tables and writing. Maybe you just graduated and can’t get enough. No matter what led to this decision, it is a good one. And you’ll … Continue reading Best Worst Advice When Applying to Creative Writing MFA Programs

How to Get into Every Single MFA Program of Your Writerly Dreams

(For the real guide, click here) What, like it’s hard? Just like September meant when you were prepping for those undergrad years, September means application season has begun: and this time, for grad school. And not just any kind of grad school, but the writing kind. The arty kind. The hey-mom-don’t-cry-I-might-make-some-money-some-day kind. Like to write? Cool. Like fiction? Poetry? Creative … Continue reading How to Get into Every Single MFA Program of Your Writerly Dreams

Advice for Writers & Editors: An Interview with Ladette Randolph, Editor-in-Chief of Ploughshares

(Ploughshares is an American literary journal. It was founded in 1971, at an Irish pub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It is known for its guest editor policy and publishing literature of the highest order. Some of the writers who’ve placed work in Ploughshares include Raymond Carver, Mona Simpson, Ann Beattie, Robert Pinsky, ZZ Packer, Grace Paley, … Continue reading Advice for Writers & Editors: An Interview with Ladette Randolph, Editor-in-Chief of Ploughshares