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 that’s about to change for your boy in the Bay as I’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 I’ve been taking for years so I should fit right in and hit the ground running. Still, I can’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, I’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: I’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, I’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 Area’s more rigorous writing programs? Something completely left field, maybe in Business or Mathematics? Who knows? Sky’s the limit. The point is I’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.