MFAs, for Better or for Worse


Creative programs are increasingly common and so are their criticisms.

The difficulty with pinpointing creativity to an academic institution or justifying a trend where tuition money and literary prowess are both major contributing factors to success make MFA programs a contentious subject. Mark McGurl answers four questions about the current state of creative writing programs and discusses their deserved and undeserved criticisms.

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