Monday, September 26, 2011

MFA?

I'm the kind of person who likes learning.  I love reading books, I loved my college courses, I go out of my way to dive into any subject that strikes my fancy, and easily take on learning all I can about something new.  In making a commitment to myself to give serious effort towards a writing career, it is no surprise that one of my first thoughts was, go back to school

This is a wonderful and entrancing thought, and one that makes me quiver with unfathomable fear at my ineptitude.  I am not sure entirely why I would love this undertaking, or how I could possibly manage such a load while also engaged in my family. I know people get Master's degrees all the time, and wonder why I should be any different.  I cannot fathom how we would afford for me to return to school, or more accurately, if I could ever pay all those loans back.

As you can see, I have a lot to work out.  

After this question arose a few weeks ago, I happened to be browsing the magazine rack at the local B&N bookstore, and came across Poets & Writers.  The feature of the issue was called MFA Nation, and included extensive articles, rankings and reasons for and against getting a Master's in writing.  I took it as a sign, and brought the magazine home. 

As it's all too much to consider in one post, so I thought over then next few days I'd see if I could sort out this life changing possibility here.  One word at a time.

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