It’s specifically about the “Zellowship,” or the $26,000 no-strings post-grad fellowship currently awarded to every student in the University of Michigan MFA. With a recent $50 million gift to the program by Helen Zell, this funding, which goes to 22 people per year, has been guaranteed in perpetuity.
This, writes Jon Reiner, is “noble, but it’s a mistake.” Reiner recently realized that he believes something about the “essence of good writing: experience matters.” What made him realize this?
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Graduate classes are offered in the late afternoon and evening to accommodate working adults and financial support in the forms of graduate assistantships and fellowships are available to highly qualified applicants.
School is not a cloister but a job with great requirements.
Michigan Mfa Creative Writing
I’m not the only one who is taking reasonable advantage of this weird, temporary, lucky patronage system — and with all this fuss about who can and should write for free, I shouldn’t be.
Writing is a vital and fundamentally democratic art that nonetheless requires programmatic interference to not favor the privileged; writing is a skill that is useful in so many other arenas other than the teaching of short story craft.
Writing is a proposition that is not worth fussing over in grand “Can Writers Really Have It All?
” style but is certainly worth nurturing for the insane glimmers of genius and transformation that will be waiting once we put the dumb think pieces down.
How about this: we let writers write however they can, let the cream rise however it will. There’s nothing more sadly revelatory of the writer’s marketplace than a piece citing the extravagance of a grad school stipend that, while more than enough to pay my bar tab, is less than double the federal poverty level.