If you have been meaning (sooner rather than later) to take another close look at that dusty hand-scribbled manuscript of yours and remove it (once and for all) from its spot on your bookshelf – placed strategically there between visceral writer Henry Rollins’ Occupants and Hubert Selby’s Requiem for a Dream – here’s a wonderfully-engineered and exceptionally well-designed stepping stool to help you reach it – a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing.
Making the commitment to earn this masters degree will help you to transform that manuscript into the magnum opus it was always meant to be. By reading, studying, internalizing, and analyzing the work of renowned, established writers, you simultaneously will be improving your own writing skills. The more well-read you are, the better the writer you will be. By purposefully devoting time each day to your craft, the closer you will be to developing a portfolio of impressive, insightful, and completed work.
What to look for in a university that offers a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing? The ideal graduate program offers:
1) A low student-to-faculty ratio where students experience individual and expertise from the mentor/instructor.
2) A campus in a physical setting that is awe-inspiring and breathtaking - where the wide open star-filled skies and beautiful natural spaces create the perfect backdrop to fill a blank, bound book (or two).
3) A curriculum that not only provides tools and methods to hone your skills and fine tune your authentic voice, but also gives you the time, incentive, and inspiration to develop an impressive and diverse portfolio of writing
4) An impressive guest speaker list of published, accomplished writers who will share their particular experiences, processes, and insights as professional writers
The arduous process of writing begins with the first sentence. A Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing will give you a solid foundation from which to launch your writing dreams; it will gently force you to write – to write meaningfully, purposefully, and creatively – every day; and it will connect you with other like-minded creative individuals who will inspire you (through their accomplishments and work ethic) to accomplish your goals and never have to have a requiem for a dream deferred.
“Writing is easy,” states the well-known quote among writers, “You just stare at a blank sheet of paper until drops of blood form on your forehead.”