Education and Training

MFA and Writing Resources

Fridays usually mean exercises around here, but I didn’t want to break up the MFA series for that. I may just skip exercises entirely this month. Today, I’m sharing some writing resources with you. The top section is devoted to MFA related items, and the bottom section is things you can use to boost your writing skills without pursuing a degree.

I’m not affiliated with any of these websites. I haven’t received any form of compensation or benefit from posting these links on my website.

MFA Resources

Poets and Writers MFA Programs Database

This is limited to the United States and Canada, and it’s pretty cool. There are several ways to filter your search, and then you can see what programs are available in your area. Click on the university name and you can see the genres, application information, residency, core faculty members, class size, and what kind of funding assistance might be available to students.

The Workshop

A list of fully funded MFA programs in the United States. They also have a list of partially funded MFA programs.

Application advice

A helpful list of things to write (and avoid writing) in your MFA application cover letter.

Getting Letters of Recommendation

A lot of grad school applications require letters of recommendation. Here are some tips on requesting those.

Other Writing Resources

Writers of the Future Writing Workshop

This workshop is free, although you do have to register. It’s all online, with videos and exercises for you to complete in your own time, and you should have a short story by the end. You don’t have to enter it into the Writers of the Future contest, but it’s there if you’re interested.

I’ve started this workshop but I haven’t finished it yet. When I do, I’ll probably write a post about it.

The Super Writers’ Bundle

Note: This is not free, and the price is for one year’s access. David Farland is a bestselling author, the coordinating editor of Writers of the Future, and a writing coach. Some of his former students were authors like Brandon Sanderson and Stephenie Meyer. I usually don’t buy writing workshops online, but I’m really thinking about this one.

Brandon Sanderson on YouTube

The link above is for his playlists. I would recommend both the Writing Advice and the BYU Creative Writing Lectures. Brandon Sanderson is a best-selling author who teaches creative writing at Brigham Young University. He’s also involved in Writers of the Future, and I believe he’s talked about writing at panels and conventions as well.

Alexa Donne on YouTube

I love Alexa’s no-nonsense approach to writing. She’s really not afraid to tell harsh truths, but she’s still super supportive of other writers. A lot of her videos talk about traditional publishing, how she got her agent, and things like that. She’s also a creator of Author Mentor Match, which I’ve talked about on the blog before.

There’s a wealth of information out there

I hope these are enough writing resources to get you started, whether you decide to go for an MFA or pursue additional training on your own. Conferences, conventions, and workshops are also options, but I didn’t link to any because I really don’t have anything specific to recommend. You can also look into community education classes at your local college or university.

How is your NaNoWriMo project going? My blogathon is moving right along; tomorrow I have a bad writing rules post for you, so I hope you’ll be back to see that. If you have any comments about today’s post, or any resources you’d like to share, please leave a comment below. Thanks!

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