What to expect when you’re expectant

What should you expect (and not expect) out of an MFA. (Answer: a fruition of your investment in the pyramid scheme that leads to a teaching job at a tiny liberal arts college in a town with more flavours of latte than pickup truck gun racks, but still, I’d take that.)

I teach in a graduate art school. I teach in a graduate art school where I used to be a student, and where I think a lot about giving my students as much value, as much strength and confidence as writers, as I can give them as each new semester starts. There has seemed to me perhaps no greater impediment to students’ learning than when they expect a workshop to give them things it does not have the capacity to give.

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