Say Yes to the MFA

Nearly four years ago, I sat in one of a sea of uncomfortable chairs, among my college classmates, ready to graduate with a BA in English. I had no idea where I’d go after I left the auditorium at North Greenville University that day, or what I’d do with my life, but I had one thought in mind: I just want to write.

Three years (and far fewer words on paper than I’d like to admit) passed by me like the raging winds of a tornado, nearly taking with them my enthusiasm for writing. Turns out, a BA in English is about as useless as they come. I’d poured my heart and soul into the first years of my adult life, desperately hoping to make something of myself, and in the process had completely exhausted my sense of creativity—and effectively, my sense of life.

Enter my MFA program.

I admittedly did very little research before deciding that an MFA program was the perfect choice for me. From my viewpoint at the time, it gave me two things: the ability to teach upper-level college courses right out of the gate, and the opportunity to focus on and strengthen my writing. So I would be able to do the thing I love most while simultaneously working toward an actual career. What more could I ask for?

Turns out, the MFA in Creative Writing program at Converse College has far more to offer.

First, it’s low residency, which means I get to work from home for the majority of the semester, which is fantastic. Second, it is directed and staffed by an outstanding faculty (I would have, of course, known this ahead of time if I’d done my research). Third, the program offers wonderful resume-building opportunities throughout the course of study, such as editing positions on the South 85 Journal staff, graduate teaching assisstantships, and one-on-one pitch sessions with prominent agents and editors from across the country.

Do I really need to keep going? Because I can.

I never expected to love my MFA program half as much as I do now, and luckily for me, I still have another three semesters to enjoy it. If you’re a writer, and you’re looking for a way to tremendously grow your writing, say yes to the MFA. Especially the one at Converse College. I promise, you won’t be disappointed.

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