Wednesday, February 15, 2017

The 1000 Day MFA

Have you ever wanted a do-it-yourself MFA degree? Shaunta Grimes, who helped organize the Instagram book giveaway I participated in last November, has taken some of Ray Bradbury's advice and come up with a three-year (or so) program you can do at home. It involves a combination of reading widely, writing a short story a week, and writing a novel a year, among other things. I think one could learn a lot from this disciplined approach, but it's not a good fit for my writing goals at this time. If you're interested in learning more, however, you can check out the website. There's also a group on Facebook; however, I think you have to support the program with Patreon 


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Don't need another degree at this time, thanks. Besides, doubt I could maintain that writing pace. Yes, sucks to be a slow writer.

Pat Dilloway said...

I don't have a BFA even. 😉

Sandra Almazan said...

Alex, I calculated that the program Shaunta is proposing would take at least twelve hours a week--and that's assuming you can write at 1000 words/hours. I'm a slow writer too, so that would be even more time for me.

Pat, I have a Bachelor of Science in molecular biology and English, plus a Master of Technical and Scientific Communication. Hopefully that's good enough.

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