"The Creative Writing MFA Handbook" guides prospective graduate students through the difficult process of researching, applying to, and choosing graduate schools in creative writing. This second edition updates and builds upon the first edition, which was published in 2005 to great acclaim."The Creative Writing MFA Handbook" guides prospective graduate students through the difficult process of researching, applying to, and choosing graduate schools in creative writing. The handbook includes profiles of fifty creative writing programs, guidance through the application process, advice from current professors and students including George Saunders, Aimee Bender, Tracy K. Smith, and Geoffrey Wolff, and the most comprehensive listings of graduate writing programs in and outside the United States.The handbook also includes special sections about Low-Residency writing programs, Ph.D. programs, publishing in literary journals, and workshop and teaching advice. In a remarkably concise, user-friendly fashion, "The Creative Writing MFA Handbook" answers as many questions as possible, and is packed with information, advice, and experience.
This second edition updates and builds upon the first edition, which was published in 2005 to great acclaim and contains a vastly expanded ranking of current creative writing programs.
Tom Kealey graduated from the MFA Creative Writing program at the University of Massachusetts in 2001, and afterwards he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow in fiction at Stanford University. He currently teaches at Stanford. He has been in many, many writing workshops, both as a student and as a teacher. At the University of Massachusetts he was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award. You can read more about Kealey on his blog: http://creative-writing-mfa-handbook.blogspot.com
Preface; 1: The Basics; 2: What to Look For In a Creative Writing Program; Chapter 2A: Criteria; 3: The Programs; 3A: Note to Program Directors; 4: The Application Process; 4A: Application Checklist; 5: Decision Time; 6: Your Creative Writing Program; 6A: The Low-Residency Experience: An Interview with Scott McCabe; 6B: The Workshop; 6C: Your Teaching; 6D: Publishing in Literary Journals Afterword: "Counterpoint: A Guide to the MFA and Beyond from an Outsider Who Became an Insider" by Adam Johnson; Appendix A: Interviews; Appendix B: Links to Reading Lists; Appendix C: Helpful Online Sources; Appendix D: List of Programs; Appendix D1: Masters Programs in Creative Writing; Appendix D2: Ph.D. Writing Programs; Appendix D3: Low-Residency MFA Programs; Appendix D4: Graduate Writing Programs outside the U.S; Acknowledgements.