I don't know if other grad students have similar experiences, but it seemed like no sooner had I enrolled in my program than people were asking me when I would be done, which struck me as a little crazy.My goal for attending grad school wasn't to race to the finish line, but to learn as much as I could in the time I was there. There are roughly 1.7 million students currently enrolled in some sort of graduate program in the U. Not that I like to think of myself as a number or statistic, but I'm one of them.
Writers, poets and playwrights are typically not among them.
The salary increases for a creative writer without a master's versus one with a master's are not measurable and guaranteed in the same way they are for, say, a paralegal versus a bar-certified attorney.
Nor is the situation even stable: as any biologist will tell you, evolution happens fastest in liminal areas, and the academic borderland that we inhabit is no exception.
Even examiners, arguably, are still working out how and what they should be examining.
Despite what conventional capitalistic American wisdom would have you believe, there are motivations besides money for doing things.
The reasons for getting an advanced degree in a creative writing field are as varied as the students enrolled in the programs — the ability to teach; an opportunity to focus on producing a publishable work, or study with a particular professor; the prestige of an advanced degree; a desire to switch careers or prolong entry into the "real world," and so on.When you're a grad student in a writing program, your life is nothing but five-page papers. The debate about whether writers should get advanced degrees is an ongoing and sometimes heated one.Except they're more like 20- to 100-page (or more) papers. There are plenty of writers out there who don't have a master's degree (MFA vs. At the end of the day, it largely comes back to a writer's desire to be a master of his or her craft.But for everyone, the underlying reason remains the same: we do it because we love to write, need to write, and we want to be the best that we can at it, and feel grad school is the way to achieve that. Most graduate writing classes are set up as seminar or workshops that revolve around that which writers enjoy most — reading, writing and discussing what we've read and written, as we strive to gain a better understanding of what makes a literary work "good," and how we can incorporate those strengths into our own writing.So really, it's more like this: Remember when you were in college, and you bitched about having to write like, a five-page paper once a semester?And they can't just be regurgitated facts copied and pasted from Wikipedia. Syllabi always include a grading rubric, and at the end of the semester, you get a letter next to the class you took. We believe that the best way to do this is by taking two or three (or four or five) years to immerse ourselves in the intricacies of this very intricate endeavor.They have to be brand-new combinations of words that are insightful, evocative, and expressive without being clichéd, confusing, or boring, and they all have to come from your brain, and your brain alone. But let's face it, when you're talking about something as subjective as writing, it's more like this: Show up, work hard, write stuff that doesn't suck (or, if it does, get feedback and rewrite it until it doesn't suck), give your classmates constructive criticism, and eventually someone will give you a piece of paper that says your are a Master Writer and the next J. This question is here more as a personal pet peeve more than anything else.And there's no Writing License Association of America that mandates specific training to be a writer (although maybe there should be, so shit like this stops happening).Theoretically, if you go to grad school, you become a better writer and that may up your chances of writing a bestseller or Broadway-caliber play, but let's be honest — if you're going into writing because you want to be rich, you're as misguided as Kim Kardashian doing this photo shoot.I also hope that commenters will be able to add other thoughts and experiences, and that writers in other forms will forgive me for using 'novel' as a catch-all term for a major body of creative work.If some of what I'm about to say sounds negative, it's partly because I'm playing Devil's Advocate.