To MFA or not MFA? In my case, this question is entirely moot since I only have two semesters at (unnamed NYC engineering university) under my belt. Well, all thatâ€™s about to change for your boy in the Bay as Iâ€™ve signed up for a poetry intensive at a local city college and I am hella stoked.
The instructor insures me that the college poetry intensive will be very similar to the community workshops Iâ€™ve been taking for years so I should fit right in and hit the ground running. Still, I canâ€™t help but be a little excited and somewhat nervous of being back in a classroom for the first time in 20 years. Like a proper word nerd, Iâ€™ve bought some new notebooks and have my day planned out to the letter. Huzzah.
So my expectations for this class are pretty straight-forward: Iâ€™m looking for a structured setting where I can produce a good amount of work that will be critique fairly by a group of readers who are all looking to improve their writing. Not much, eh?
More than anything, Iâ€™m hoping that being in a college environment gets me hungry for more. Some kind of minor degree in English? A chance to enter one of the Bay Areaâ€™s more rigorous writing programs? Something completely left field, maybe in Business or Mathematics? Who knows? Skyâ€™s the limit. The point is Iâ€™ve been talking the talk about going back to school for years and now I get to walk the walk.
See ya on the other side.