In praise of my MFA program

I was recently interviewed by Hamline University to talk about their Master of Fine Arts in Writing for Children and Young Adults (MFAC) program. Here are some of the things I had to say:

It set up my career by leaps and bounds. Not only would I have not devoted the concentrated time to my writing without it, it focused me and exposed me to faculty advisors who gave me permission to pursue avenues I wouldn’t have otherwise considered.

All of my best friends are people I met in the program. They take care of the whole person. You really feel part of something. The faculty are such gifted teachers and always accessible. It is the most nurturing place to be as a writer. It’s no wonder so many students tell me that the program completely changed their lives.

You can read the whole interview here. If you’ve ever thought about getting an MFA in writing with a focus on children’s and young adult literature Hamline is definitely a great option.