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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Chapter 2

Customize Your Learning

I started DIY MFA because I wasn’t satisfied with how the traditional MFA system worked. I spent two years getting my MFA in writing only to discover that an MFA is completely unnecessary to write and publish a book. Degrees are important in some fields, but writing is not one of them. Yet there are more MFA programs today than ever before, and more writers graduating with each passing year. If you don’t need this degree to be a writer, why do so many people pursue it?

Most writers want an MFA for one of three reasons: They want to teach writing, they want to get published, or they want to make room in their life for writing. It turns out these reasons for doing an MFA are actually based on myths.

Myth 1: You ...

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