Maintain an overall cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0 and a grade of 3.25 or higher in at least two of the following courses: ENG 294WI, ENG 301WI, ENG 391WI, ENG 392WI, ENG 491WI, ENG 492WI, ENG 493.
Note: Students considering an accelerated MA program should be aware that their financial aid may be affected for courses double-counting on the BA/BS and MA.
Turn down your stipend and live These ideas may be sort of true, but more importantly, they’re stupid.
Equating good writing with unique situations and setting both things in opposition to graduate programs designed to give decent writers a three-year break from scrambling for their rent — it’s just as dumb as the other side of the coin, the side with the MFA defenders who hold writing up as a precious existential proposition, a little bird made of gold filigree that shall forever be protected in a $100,000 nest of student loans.
Also, and maybe most importantly: writing is just writing!
Writing is just a practice that improves over time, like doing yoga, and sometimes MFA programs help a person with this and sometimes they don’t.
It’s specifically about the “Zellowship,” or the ,000 no-strings post-grad fellowship currently awarded to every student in the University of Michigan MFA. With a recent million gift to the program by Helen Zell, this funding, which goes to 22 people per year, has been guaranteed in perpetuity.
This, writes Jon Reiner, is “noble, but it’s a mistake.” Reiner recently realized that he believes something about the “essence of good writing: experience matters.” What made him realize this?
Writing is a vital and fundamentally democratic art that nonetheless requires programmatic interference to not favor the privileged; writing is a skill that is useful in so many other arenas other than the teaching of short story craft.
Writing is a proposition that is not worth fussing over in grand “Can Writers Really Have It All?