Question from a Rumpus Reader

Q: Thanks for this incredibly resourceful and helpful interview, Ryan, Tom, and Robin! What’s the single most important thing you learned during your MFA that you don’t think you would’ve learned elsewhere? 

A: Great question! What I learned in my program and what I continue to learn is written well on the Writing Seminars’ (Johns Hopkins) website: “the discipline of writing that is intended to establish habits and skills necessary to lead the life of a writer.” The discipline is what sustains the lifelong practice of writing.

If you have a question about the MFA, feel free to post one at the end of the interview. The Rumpus is considering a mini series of interviews to address applicant questions about MFA programs.




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