Jobs & MFAs

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.


How to Get Your First Freelance Byline” on Jane Friedman’s blog, as well as several below from the same site

3 Keys to Freelance Editing

Freelance writing IS a Viable Career”

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.)

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

Writing Careers You Probably Have Never Thought Of

FindSpark: Jobs listing in your field Nonprofit Jobs

CLMP Jobs with Publishers

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 Poets & Writers Guide to MFA Programs

The Poets & Writers Database of MFA Programs

The Poets & Writers MFA Discussion Forum

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

Guide for writing a CV

Cover letters and CVs

Interfolio: A dossier service for letters of recommendation and teaching application materials

Thoughts on getting a university-level teaching job with an MFA

My own experience transitioning into full-time teaching post-MFA (it was not easy)

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