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MFA Creative Writing job options

I have a BA and MFA in English-Creative Writing. Currently, I teach English at a community college. While most of my job experience is in education, I no longer want to work in this field. What are some jobs to which I'd be able to successfully apply/career change? Thanks.
posted by Ready2016 on Jul 9, 2016 - 13 answers

Talk to me about getting an MFA

I'm already a professional writer, and have been for a decade, but I've been slowly trying to shift stakes. I feel like going for an MFA would offer valuable guidance, validation, and permission to try new things. But I also feel like maybe I'd be better off lighting thousands of dollars on fire. MFAs of MeFi, please observe my snowflakes and tell me what to do! [more inside]
posted by babelfish on Apr 28, 2016 - 21 answers

help! should I drop out of my MFA writing program?

I started a MFA writing program in Vancouver this fall. I wasn't sure about whether I should go or not to begin with, and now, I'm still second-guess and worrying I made a big mistake. I'm unhappy, often, and I'm worried that if I stay it will be for the wrong reasons: a big, heavy sunken cost fallacy. Can you help, please? Long complicated backstory inside. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 8, 2015 - 19 answers

Putting my career eggs into too many baskets -- writing and libraries

For close to a year I've been searching for a mid-career public library job in the northern half of the US (I'm employed, but I need a higher salary or a cheaper city); I've had a bunch of interviews but no offers yet. I am also seriously considering applying for a MFA in fiction writing. But I don't know how to handle trying to do both. [more inside]
posted by Jeanne on Aug 30, 2015 - 8 answers

Current List of Film Production MFA Programs?

Does anyone know of a current list of film production/directing MFA programs, and maybe forums with former student reviews of them? I have the book "Film School Confidential," which is great, but it is 9 years out of date. I'm interested in both US and international programs. Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Kombucha3452 on Jun 21, 2015 - 1 answer

MFA programs (visual art) ~ What should I expect?

I'm having trouble getting anyone to give me an overview of what an MFA program will be looking for in a student, how applications will work, or the types of programs and what those distinctions mean. [more inside]
posted by defymynd on Jun 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Art is a universal language... right?

Mefites, do you know of any master's/postgraduate opportunities in art for an international student who doesn't know any European languages? [more inside]
posted by a sourceless light on Jan 14, 2015 - 7 answers

Can I get a job with a MFA in art?

I'm considering getting an MFA, but I have some questions about my job prospects after I graduate. (I am posting this for my wife.) [more inside]
posted by crapples on Aug 3, 2014 - 10 answers

Int student finishing MFA, possibly obtain one-year working pass...

I'm a semester away from finishing my MFA in San Francisco and I'm looking for advice on how to start job-searching especially as a (about to be former) international student. [more inside]
posted by divabat on Dec 28, 2013 - 3 answers

Another MFA Creative Writing question

What can I do to make myself a strong MFA CW candidate? [more inside]
posted by dearwassily on Dec 6, 2013 - 8 answers

A grad program that deals with creative writing AND photography?

I'm heading for a career change, and want to get better at my two passions: creative writing (creative non-fiction) and photography. I'm looking for a grad program that helps me integrate both so I can tell both my own stories and other people's (NGOs, Foundations, etc) more persuasively. [more inside]
posted by leecohen on May 10, 2013 - 9 answers

I already know about and use CAA/Chronicle/HigherEdJobs, what else is there?

Academics: Is there a source listing open US community college art teaching positions or sources for international art teaching positions? I already know about and use CAA/Chronicle/HigherEdJobs. I would like to broaden my open positions search.
posted by vegartanipla on Sep 24, 2012 - 3 answers

"You are going to SCHOOL!" "but what is a school?"

Got into an MFA! ...now what? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Jun 24, 2012 - 7 answers

How much of an adult must an MFA be?

I'm going to graduate school, for a creative writing MFA! What can I do to prepare, and what's expected of me as an MFA? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 26, 2012 - 6 answers

Help my use my Master's degree for good, not evil.

[Career change filter, humanities edition] How can I best market my skills when I have very little experience? [more inside]
posted by Kitty Stardust on Mar 28, 2012 - 5 answers

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program! help me do it right.

i've been accepted to my creative writing mfa program of choice! help me do it right. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 5, 2012 - 11 answers

MidLife Student Crisis

I'm in my 40's and doing okay without a Master's degree -- should I get one anyway? [more inside]
posted by EmpressCallipygos on Feb 13, 2012 - 12 answers

Should I complete this masters program?

LifePlansFilter: I’m currently enrolled in graduate school in a masters of secondary education in art program. I enrolled as a way to explore my creativity in studio classes, and also as something to do during unusual life circumstances. Being in this program will continue to be an option for me for a limited time. Should I take the requisite courses I need to complete the program or should I keep taking whatever classes I want and drop out of the program when I leave? Many details within. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Oct 16, 2011 - 5 answers

Joint MFA/Ph.D. in studio art and art history

Do any schools offer a joint MFA/Ph.D. in studio art/art history? [more inside]
posted by skilar on Aug 1, 2011 - 3 answers

Recommend Programs in Art Education, especially Community Arts?

I am helping my friend apply to grad school for an MA in Art Education, with a focus on Community Arts. Do you have any advice for us? [more inside]
posted by Tufa on Jul 25, 2011 - 1 answer

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)?

What are the pros and cons of trying to become an English professor in Toronto for a fiction writer (and how feasible is it)? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Jun 20, 2011 - 18 answers

Do any graduate programs emphasize writing while teaching English grammar, literature, and Latin?

Is there any graduate program that emphasizes writing skills (in English) while providing a rigorous education in grammar, literature, and related languages (i.e. Latin), without focusing on literary criticism, but rather on writing itself? More after the jump. [more inside]
posted by Nebula on Jan 8, 2011 - 17 answers

Advice for students considering an MFA in visual art?

Can anyone point me toward advice designed to help undergraduates decide if they should get an MFA / MA / other post-graduate degree in visual art? [more inside]
posted by mortaddams on Dec 15, 2010 - 4 answers

Getting my MFA in Computer Art. Where to start?

I am looking for a list of visual art schools that offer MFAs in computer art in NYC and possibly on the west coast. Where is a good place to start? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on Jul 7, 2010 - 5 answers


I got into artschool in the US, the scholarships not great, now what ? [more inside]
posted by sgt.serenity on May 26, 2010 - 7 answers

What are the good Acting MFA programs currently?

Any current or recent Acting MFA students out there? What are the good programs right now? [more inside]
posted by starvingartist on Apr 12, 2010 - 2 answers

Pay me to do what i'd be doing anyway.

Help me get people to give me money to get my MFA. [more inside]
posted by cmoj on Mar 5, 2010 - 8 answers

What should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing" reading list?

What titles should be on a "Personal MFA in Creative Writing Fiction" reading list? [more inside]
posted by thepalephantom on Dec 22, 2009 - 18 answers

Requesting an old set list.

What songs did Jolie Holland play at her November 1, 2008 concert at the MFA in Boston?
posted by summit on Dec 5, 2009 - 1 answer

Is rejection an intrinsically good experience or a future hindrance for an MFA program application?

Is it a bad idea to apply for a competitive graduate program, knowing you will probably get rejected or will it be a good experience for a future attempt at the same program? [more inside]
posted by Jeffy on Nov 13, 2009 - 14 answers

Are portfolio days for real?

I recently attended a National Graduate Portfolio Day for students interesting in pursuing an MFA. I had a positive response, making me feel confident about my work and its presentation. However, I am suspicious, as I haven't heard anyone telling stories that they were really chewed out or criticized by their reviewers. I actually tried to push some of my reviewers to give me negative feedback, but they were ultimately optimistic. Are these things for real, or are they just a way for schools to talk people into applying?
posted by davidriley on Nov 10, 2009 - 6 answers

Online Creative Writing Certificate Programs

Can you recommend online writing certificate programs and tell me what makes your recs good? Thanks! [more inside]
posted by Rudy Gerner on Nov 2, 2009 - 5 answers

How much would you pay for a good MFA program?

How much is too much when it comes to student loans for an MFA program? [more inside]
posted by nameless.k on Apr 1, 2009 - 19 answers

I got accepted into grad school. How to afford?

I got a phone call telling me I got accepted to grad school. Trying to work out funding options before the package gets here and whether it's worth it (sorta complicated situation, details inside). Help? [more inside]
posted by actionpact on Mar 10, 2009 - 4 answers

Love my baby, still want an MFA

Do any accredited, respectable, non-residential , MFA Writing programs exist out there? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Sep 30, 2008 - 7 answers

What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian?

What's the deal with getting a creative writing MFA from an American school, as a Canadian? [more inside]
posted by skwt on Jul 23, 2008 - 10 answers

How do I get an MFA without a BFA?

I would like to end up teaching fine arts (specifically printmaking) at a university level but have a Bachelor's Degree in a completely different field and only a small amount of experience. Where do I start? [more inside]
posted by RobertFrost on May 30, 2008 - 16 answers

MFA in the UK

How can I find funding for a MFA at Edinburgh College of Art in Scotland? [more inside]
posted by occidental on Apr 24, 2008 - 1 answer

MFA Painting Programs?

What are the best MFA programs in painting, both national and international, and resources and techniques for further researching them?
posted by CaptMcalister on Apr 9, 2008 - 3 answers

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD

New York Creative Writing/Critical Theory PHD: I am currently undertaking an MA in Creative Writing and Critical Theory in London, and plan to go on to PHD after I finish. I would ideally like to go to an East coast USA/New York university to do this (for several reasons). I'd like some help with finding a good list of possible institutions... [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Oct 16, 2007 - 26 answers

The practicality of an MFA degree

I recently received my Masters of Fine Arts degree from a fairly well known program here in Chicago. I'm kinda second guessing if the whole thing was worth it. Do employers/gallery owners actually care? I know everything hinges upon my portfolio, but do I really have a leg up on the competition?
posted by inkfly on Sep 17, 2007 - 9 answers

Grad school recommendations: whom to ask?

If I've been out of college for twelve years, from whom do I get recommendations for graduate school? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 16, 2007 - 11 answers

Jobs with a MFA

I'm considering getting a MFA, what kind of jobs can you get with that? [more inside]
posted by Hands of Manos on Apr 16, 2007 - 22 answers

Hello, I am awesome and here is my portfolio.

Hey, creative sorts: I could use a little help with a theatrical directing portfolio for an MFA interview. [more inside]
posted by lauranesson on Feb 16, 2007 - 8 answers

seeking an awesome painting MFA program

my roommate, a 26-year old canadian male, seeks an MFA program that is: good focussed on painting short (2 years max, 1 year is better) in a cool city at a good school taught in english. he would consider any city, but has a special love for new york, amsterdam, london, or berlin. thanks!
posted by twistofrhyme on Nov 27, 2006 - 1 answer

Phd with creative dissertation vs. MFA

I'm wondering if anyone knows much about Phds with creative dissertations versus MFAs. I want to eventually teach college-level creative writing. [more inside]
posted by Destroid on Mar 30, 2006 - 10 answers

Moving to Miami

Which neighborhood/apartment complex to choose in North Miami? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Mar 27, 2006 - 7 answers

MFA programs in Chicago

Any info on MFA programs in and around Chicago? [more inside]
posted by garethspor on Apr 18, 2005 - 5 answers

MFA-filter: photography or writing?

MFA-filter: photography or writing? [more inside]
posted by DaShiv on Mar 15, 2005 - 16 answers

MFA Programs

I'm looking for schools with MFA painting and/or printmaking programs that would welcome a student with a BFA in illustration. [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Hypharse on Nov 19, 2004 - 3 answers

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