The Old Soldier has a BA and a MFA in fiction writing from the University of Pittsburgh. I got the BA in 2003 and the MFA in 2006. The BA was about writing. The MFA was mainly about learning how to teach writing. As a graduate student (Teaching Assistant) I taught writing to undergraduates for two years as I worked on my MFA.
The problem was, the Old Soldier did not want to be a teacher. As a teacher, the only time you have time to work on your own writing is during summer break. The rest of the year you’re preparing for class, teaching class, grading assignments and meeting with students. You have to follow a syllabus. All of that was way too much structure for me.
Is a job as a writing instructor at a college a good job? You bet it is. What other job do you know of that gives you a three-month vacation every year? Will you be a better writer after you get your degree or degrees? Probably. I definitely was.
Is a writing degree worth the amount of debt you will incur? That my friend is up to you. Why did I get two degrees in writing? There was absolutely nothing else I wanted to study.
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