I’ve been reading many articles on the MFA pros and cons for creative writers. This essay by Shivani is by far the most acerbic. I don’t know if he’s right. (I’ve never been in an MFA program.) But he’s certainly got an opinion that’s not wishy-washy. I’ve read several articles by him in various places, and he’s always willing to stir up shit.
UPDATE: I should back up what I mean when I say Shivani is the most acerbic, so here’s my recent reading list on the MFA. Here’s another MFA article by Lincoln Michel at The Faster Times, and the article by Elif Batuman Michel’s article is responding to. And for one more, most recent, here’s The Rumpus’ latest MFA article.