Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The MFA question, and live and let live

Writers sometimes wonder if they should get a Master of Fine Arts (MFA) in Creative Writing: is it worth it? Will it make them better writers? Lead to jobs in the industry? Give them valuable insider connections?

Over at Three Guys One Book, Joseph Rakowski interviews Jennifer duBois on the subject. It's a good interview if you've been considering an MFA. But I also love this statement of duBois's at the very end, which can apply to so many more issues and questions beyond the scope of the MFA topic:

"... other people’s choices or lives are not necessarily a rebuke to our own—-they may, in fact, have nothing to do with us at all."


  1. This last line should be a take away for many aspects of a persons' life. It's amazing how some might take the choices you make in your life as a personal affront to theirs.

    1. I think sometimes we wonder about the choices we've made, and get insecure about them--and that can turn into defensiveness.