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MFA Information



Creative Nonfiction


Fiction / Creative Nonfiction Short Stories



A Brief History of Visual Poetry: Karl Kempton


File:Laocoon Pio-Clementino Inv1059-1064-1067.jpg Laocoön (ca. 200 BCE)File:Laocoon blake.jpgBlake's Laocoön 1826-27


Text of Blake's Laocoön



Alternative Comics: An Emerging Literature

Comic Art Collective

Comics Journal

Drawn and Quarterly Blogspot

Dreaming Methods

Electric Literature

Electronic Poetry Center - SUNY Buffalo

Glossary for Sequential Art

Image Comics


Katchor, Ben / Picture Stories

Kruger, Barbara

Magritte on Words and Images

Messaging is the Medium


Non-affirmative Painting: Foucault

Patchen, Kenneth: painted and silk-screened poems

....Karl Kemton on Patchen's visual poetry

Ruscha, Ed

.....Interviews with Ruscha: 1. The Believer 2.Telegraph

Scott Mcloud Journal

Sign Generator

Spiegelman at the Virginia Quarterly Review

Text over Image Blogspot

Tuft, Edward

Ubuwebs' Visual, Concrete, and Sound Poetry

Webcomics Nation

Words in Images

Xu Bing: Google image search on Book from the Sky

Xu Bing on the meaning of books




New Media

Conversation Prism

Dreaming Methods: Writing and New Media

New Media Benchmark

New Media Fiction http://newmediafiction.wordpress.com/category/new-media-fiction/

New Media Writing Prize http://www.newmediawritingprize.co.uk/

Cognition https://c1.cognician.com/blog/

The Conversation Prism http://www.theconversationprism.com/





Screenwriting and Playwriting







Creative Writing Workshops, Conferences, and Colonies


Spotting A Scam



Tool Box


Getting Published



Independent Publishing



Copyright and Publishing Law



MFA and other creative writing degrees


2012 Poets and Writers Program Rankings: These rankings are listed because they are compiled by the most repsected magzine in the field. However, the very notion of MFA rankings is problematic. I warmly suggest that what you want to do your own research. Talk to people. Decide what is important to you? Funding? Faculty as writers and/or as teachers? Location? Contact the place and either current or former students to get a sense of the ecology. Pay a visit if you can. The best place for you is where you will find what you need to do the best work that you can. Everything else matters less.


6 MFA Myths

6 More Myths


Some points:


-The MFA is a terminal degree, allowing the holder to apply for teaching positions at the university level, but it does not guarantee employment. MFA programs are generally very difficult to get into due to a low acceptance rate. According to AWP, an MFA prepares the individual to teach both creative writing and literature at all levels.


-The PhD in Creative Writing is usually a literature degree with a creative dissertaion. The AWP does not consider it "the" terminal degree in creative writing. However, for all intents and purposes, one may consider the two degress co-terminal. They can be expected to remain so for the foreseeable future. The the majority of full-time, tenure-track teaching positions still tend to go to MFAs. The number of PhD programs in creative writng has held steady at 30 for better than a decade. There are currently 148 full-resdency MFA programs.




According to Seth Abramson: "The average non-top-50 full-residency MFA is harder to get into than Duke University's undergraduate program. Portland State's full-residency MFA (ranked #52 nationally) is a tougher admit than University of Pennsylvania (an Ivy ranked in the top five of 4,000+ U.S. colleges and universities). So is #78 University of New Mexico. So is #62 University of Idaho. Many of these comparisons stand even if "yield" (the percentage of admitted applicants who accept their offers) is taken into account, as top MFA programs generally boast 75%+ yield.. Creative writing MFA programs compare just as favorably to some of the nation's top graduate schools in other fields. Of the 67 full-residency creative writing MFA programs in the United States with known acceptance rates and applicant pools larger than a hundred applicants per year, 41 (61%) are more difficult to get into than Harvard Law School."


-Many creative writing faculty positions advertise for either an MFA or PhD/Creative Writing. It is rare for someone to pursue both an MFA and/or a PhD, but some people have taken that route. At present, it may only make sense to do this if the PhD is in a field other than Creative Wrting. While this may be advantageous for someone pursuing an literature appointment, it does not seem to make much differance in terms of a creative writing appointment. In this area, publication matters more. In fact, several of the finest programs will accept significant publication in lieu of advanced degrees.



Deciding whether to choose an MFA or a PhD in Creative Writing--or both or neither--is a very personal decision with no simple answer.


-A Masters degree with a creative writing concentration is often used as a stepping stone to an MFA program.


-Simply, the MFA is a studio degree; the PhD in Creative Writing is typically a degree in literature with a creative component, but programs vary widely.. An MA degree is valuable in its own right and as a step toward a PhD. A Masters with a concentration in creative writing can provide a profoundly imporant grounding for somenone who wishes to go on to earn an MFA. However, it is not likely to improve one's chances of acceptance into an MFA program.


Suburban Ecstacies-Seth Abramson's Blog includes excellent articles on MFA programs and related content.


On Choosing the Writing Program Best for You: Some good advice from D. W. Fenza, Director of AWP--The Association of Writers and Writing Programs.









Local Links (Florida, especially N.E. FL.)


Back Rack - Journals and Zines


Good Places to start:



Poets&Writers Lit. Magazines


LitList-Online Journals

Luna Park Review

Review Review



Writers on Writing


Kurt Vonnegut on Writing a Short Story: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VyQ1wEBx1V0


">Vonnegut's "How to Write With Ste: http://www.novelr.com/2008/08/16/vonnegut-how-to-write-with-style


Jack Kerouac: Writing Lesson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J7IeCEvT_CM


Jorge Luis Borges: Excerpts from Harvard lectures. Mp3


Borges on Writing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vo2Eo-G-1sE


Ray Bradbury on Writing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AgkVNK6ViJk


Philip K. Dick: "How to Build a Universe That Doesn't Fall Apart Two Days Later": http://downlode.org/Etext/how_to_build.html


Bob Dylan: "The Song Talk Interview": http://www.interferenza.com/bcs/interw/1991zollo.htm


Henry James: "The Art of Fiction": http://guweb2.gonzaga.edu/faculty/campbell/engl462/artfiction.html


Mario Vargas Llosa: "Is Fiction the Art of Living?": http://partners.nytimes.com/books/98/06/28/specials/llosa-art.html


New York Times: A complete archive of the WRITERS ON WRITING COLUMN: http://www.nytimes.com/books/specials/writers.html


The Randy Newman Writing Style: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUnM5SV9trk


Orwell's 5 Rules for Effective Writing


Randy Newman on his approach to writing son


">To Paint is to Love Again/Henry Miller




Barthelme samples on the web: Bless you, Jessamyn, and your site.



Reginald Shepherd's Blog

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Background image from "Valparaiso Sketch # 30," watercolor and crayon, 1995, by Mark Ari. c. 1995 by Mark Ari.

Music from "Incidental Music for The Rape Poems by Frances Driscoll," composed by Mark Ari,  c. 2000 by