In Defense of the MFA

This is a little old now, but a post on Facebook reminded me of its relevance, especially now that I’ve just finished my MFA.  While I’ve been a proponent of MFA programs for awhile now, if just because of the time it allows one to write and live among a community of writers, in this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Elise Blackwell (MFA in Creative Writing director at the Univ. of South Carolina) brings up some important points about MFA programs’ abilities to tap into/nourish writers beyond the scope of the publishing mecca that is New York City (and other giant metropolises).  So, I thought it worth sharing/recirculating: