More Than a Piece of Paper: How to Make the Most of an MFA and Use It to Launch Your Career

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An MFA is an investment. On the creative front, it will help you build a writer’s tool kit, so that later on, when you sit down to write, you have all sorts of skills at your disposal. But your degree can pay off in other ways, too. You can use it to secure writing gigs, build your platform, forge valuable connections, and more. A group of publishing professionals will discuss the best strategies for leveraging your MFA so that you can achieve your goals, now and in the future.

Panelists: Kit Frick, Author, See All the Stars; Theo Gangi, Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing at St. Francis College; Malcolm Hansen, Author, They Come in All Colors; Yahdon Israel, Creator, #Literaryswag, Awards VP, National Book Critics Circle; Michelle Valladares, Program Director, MFA Program in Creative Writing at The City College of NY

Moderator: Keija Parssinen, Author, The Unraveling of Mercy Louis