Practical, forward-thinking training.
Pros: practical experience, sense of community.
Cons: cost is above median.
Columbia chose me for the Follett Fellowship, which covered my entire tuition expense for the MFA program. Based on the strength of my writing portfolio, I was given the opportunity to work one-on-one with visiting novelists, agents, and editors. What Columbia offers is real-world training for the circumstances writers will face when they graduate and move on.
The total immersion in the writing life that Columbia creates is what spurs fast growth in the skill, judgment, and critical ability of its writers. Weaknesses, cliches, and the common flaws of new writers are culled with speed and grace.
The student who handles the rigors of the MFA program will emerge as an enriched, productive writer ready to handle today's changing job market.