I’m going to write up a “back to school” post about how to make the most out of your MFA and/or workshop experience. I’d love your suggestions and recommendations. All genres are welcome, and any aspect of the overall experience.
--What did you wish you knew on your first day that you know now?
--What was something you started doing (or stopped doing!) partway through the program that led to better results?
--How on earth does one learn to deal with those egotistical writing teachers?!
--Any suggestions about managing time?
--How did you get through your first critique?
--Money…tips for getting by without going totally broke?
--How to deal with that annoying person in your workshop who knows everything about everything?
--Etc., etc., etc.
Please email your thoughts to me— firstname.lastname@example.org – and let me know if you’d like your contribution to be anonymous or, if you don’t mind being attributed, then how (i.e. Jane S., fiction writer; Jane Smith, MFA, State U; a poet from Poughkeepsie).
I can’t promise I’ll use everything, but I’ll try!