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My Future as an MFA gradute [Nov. 24th, 2008|12:20 am]
Writing MFA, Hopes and Hopefuls


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I've been looking into my future.

Three possibilities: Apply for fellowships, apply for random adjunct creative writing teaching positions (what are my odds with no publications?), apply to teach English in a foreign country (preferably somewhere tropical like coastal Colombia for example, do I need to know the language spoken in the country I teach in?).

I have loads of questions concerning all of these possibilities. Do any of you know anything about these? Have any of you had experience dealing with any of these? I'd be grateful for any advice.

Those of you who already have your MFA--what did you do once you graduated?

Thanks guys.

[User Picture]From: lind_saay
2008-11-24 01:11 pm (UTC)
Oh God, I don't want to have to think about this. I'm applying to MFA programs next fall and that's scary enough for me.

ESL -- You don't necessarily need to know the language that's spoken, especially since many countries have multiple languages and therefore not everyone speaks the same one. It is, of course, incredibly helpful. My friend is currently applying to be an English teacher in Japan -- he has very basic knowledge of the language (about what you would get from taking it in high school for a couple of years) but is by no means fluent.

Adjunct -- I go to one of the more prestigious of the SUNY schools (State University of New York) and a few of our adjuncts who teach Intro to Creative Writing don't have publications. I'd say you're much more likely to be hired to teach College Comp at a school like mine, or CW at a community college.
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[User Picture]From: no_no_
2008-11-25 08:10 am (UTC)
I'm thinking a community college. But I don't have much teaching experience either so I'm wondering what my odds are...

I know enough Spanish to get by--I spent some time in Colombia and Guatemala last winter. I know Asia is always looking for English teachers, but I'm thinking Central or South America.
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[User Picture]From: lind_saay
2008-11-25 02:57 pm (UTC)
Join the Peace Corps. There are a lot of resources available for Peace Corps volunteers, both during the commitment and after.
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[User Picture]From: no_no_
2008-11-28 09:23 pm (UTC)
Ha ha! Thanks for the suggestion, but as much as it would be nice to have relief of my loans, there are aspects of the Peace Corps I don't particularly like--like how much it ties you to the government and all that.
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