Major in English? Really?
Jordan Weissman, “The Best Argument for Studying English? The Employment Numbers.” The Atlantic, June 25, 2013.
Steven Tepper, “Is the MFA the new MBA?” Fast Company, March 28, 2013.
“Ten Steps to Building a Freelance Writing Career” in PoeWar Writing Career Center by John Hewitt
What to Charge?
- How to figure out rates for freelancing: one blogger either says full price or free, but never “cheap.”
- Guidance on what to charge for copyediting
Job search sites for writers: (and as with these, let the user beware, do your homework, don’t pay money for job search services or placement services, etc.)
- Color Creative:Issa Rae’s support network for diverse TV writers
- The Editorial Freelancers’ Association
- Freelancers Union: offers support including health insurance for freelancers
- Monster List of Freelance Markets
- Online Writing Jobs
Mike Mills of R.E.M. on a career as an artist:
“If you want to be a filmmaker or an artist or a designer, any of those things, that’s like saying ‘I want to be a pirate.’ It doesn’t really matter if you went to the right pirate school or not. How good are you at stealing stuff from other ships?”
Jobs and Internships
FindSpark: Jobs listing in your field
Idealist.com: Nonprofit Jobs
MFA Program Resources
Should You Get an MFA? 27 Writers discuss
Excellent Advice from writer Cathy Day on writing a Statement of Purpose for an MFA application.
The MFA Blog
The MFA Years: a blog from students currently in MFA programs
Lori A. May, The Low-Residency MFA Handbook
“Why MFA? The Rumpus Interview with Tom Kealey and Robin Tung“; Tom Kealey is the author of The Creative Writing MFA Handbook and Robin Tung runs the site “Affording the MFA.”
Elizabeth McCracken, “Everything You Need to Think About Before You Apply to an MFA Program.” AWP Writer’s Chronicle 2014.
After the MFA
And post-MFA, Fairfield Low-Res MFA grads have written a book! Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to life after the MFA
Betsy Wheeler’s collection of post-MFA resources
Erika Dreifus’s collection of post-MFA fellowships
Post-MFA: Teaching in Higher Ed
Interfolio: A dossier service for letters of recommendation and teaching application materials
My own experience transitioning into full-time teaching post-MFA (it was not easy)