Question: Do you need an MFA?
Oops. As you can guess from the title of this essay, I’m supposed to take the “pro” side of this debate. So let’s phrase the question a little differently.
Question: Could you benefit from an MFA?
Answer: Almost definitely.
Here’s a little background on me: My senior year of college, I applied to the most selective MFA programs in the country. One by one, they all politely rejected me.
The following year, I cast my net a little wider and was accepted to American University’s MFA program. Success! I spent the next two years attending writing workshops and graduate-level literature classes, devoting my days and nights ...