The MFA Process, In Chronological Order

Belinda Nicoll (center) is a Queen's University of Charlotte, MFA graduate. She is writing a serialized account of her MFA experience and sharing it on her blog. Here, Belinda is pictured with our friend and fellow writer, Jon Nappa (right). That other guy is me.

I’ve written a bit about my own MFA (Masters of Fine Arts) experience–which you can read by looking for the MFA tag on old posts–but it has been mostly anecdotal; I’ve never attempted to “go back to the beginning” and write a chronological account of the MFA years.

My friend and fellow Queens University MFA grad, Belinda Nicoll, has. On her blog, My Rite of Passage, Belinda is writing a serialized, chronological recap of her MFA experience.

Since I get a number of visitors to this blog every week who are looking specifically for information on the MFA life, I thought I’d make sure you all knew about Belinda’s blog.

Be sure to subscribe to Belinda’s blog updates so you can keep up with her ongoing recounting of her MFA experience.

And, if you don’t already subscribe to MY blog–you know, this one–feel free to do so by clicking the little “Sign me up!” button on the right hand side. —–>

Don’t worry. You aren’t signing up to receive unsolicited AMWAY materials. You’ll just get an email when I publish a new blog post (which hasn’t been as steady or predictable the last few weeks).


5 thoughts on “The MFA Process, In Chronological Order

  1. What a handsome trio! Thank you for recommending my blog, Eric. I’d love you to take part in my MFA narrative, so let’s schedule a guest post soon. What about your best experience and your worst experience on campus? That should be fun! Or maybe our wonderful subscribers want to suggest a topic for you? That should be even more fun!

      • On campus. In my experience, a residency is more dynamic than the rest of the semester in terms of the control you have over stuff; it’s more likely to deliver disasters and/or surprises. I think I might wrap up my series with the next post by end of week, and then you can plunge in after that; let’s coordinate, though, so as to promote it a bit.

      • I’ll have to think about it. Other than some comical–in hindsight–overly “talky” fellow students who occasionally derailed the conversation, I don’t know what I would hold up as a “bad” experience. Perhaps I’ve already become sentimental about my MFA…lol

      • You’re welcome to blog about any part of your experience. As you know, my approach is to reflect on the people, events, and learnings that stand out in my mind, rather than offering prospective candidates another ‘how-to’ guide.

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