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DIY MFA by Jacquelyn Mitchard, Gabriela Pereira

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Foreword

Jacquelyn Mitchard

When I went to graduate school nearly ten years ago to earn my Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Writing, it was just a couple of years before I turned fifty, and I had already published fifteen books, including three novels that were New York Times bestsellers. Why did I do go back to school?

I had good reasons.

I wanted to earn the credential. The importance of the MFA was just coming to the fore, and “the equivalent” in published works didn’t have quite the same impact in the academic world. I had long wanted to teach at the college level, to help others learn some of what I had learned (mostly on my own, it must be said), but then, quite suddenly, I also needed a regular, reliable job. A crooked financial advisor ...

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