It’s a short-roped world

I have managed to sell and publish five books. However, despite critical raves, most didn’t sell well. This year I decided to reboot. My agent and I parted ways (who fired whom is a little murky) and I enrolled in an MFA program in creative writing.

There are two types of MFA programs. Residence programs are run like regular master’s programs. The most famous of these is Iowa, but pretty much every major university has one. They cater to younger people who want a traditional writing career: that is, teach at a high school or community college and one day write a book that will be published by a small press and read by a dozen people, all of whom wear bulky sweaters and work at universities.

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