Unless you have a ton of cash lying around or are fortunate enough to earn a full scholarship, you’re not going to earn your MFA in Writing anytime soon. Although a Masters in Fine Arts might go a long way in aiding the fledgling writer to become a published author, it’s not alway the case. I’ve read a number of articles and blog posts championing the utter nonnecessity of obtaining an MFA in order to be a successful writer. Now, don’t get me wrong. If someone were to offer me the $20,000 to $30,000 for tuition and I could clear my schedule I’d apply to an MFA program in a heartbeat.
So, if you can’t swing that hefty tuition payment and need that steady paycheck to ward off the bill collector, what do you do?
The answer is: there are a number of good books on writing out there. I’ve read several over the years. Here are five that were particularly helpful: