life after the MFA

Next year, I’ll be graduating from the University of Baltimore with a MFA in Creative Writing & Publishing Arts. I’m excited about the prospects of starting a new chapter in my life, but at the same time, I’ve been asking myself the hard question, “What next?” And honestly, I don’t have an answer. Of course, I would love to become a published author, but that sounds lofty–even published authors need a day job. I’ve been thinking about teaching at the university level, but I’m not sure. If I were to teach, I would love to teach a fiction course with an emphasis on Black female writers such as Toni Morrison, Alice Walker, Ann Petry, and Toni Cade Bambara. But if I could have any wish, it would be to have my own publishing house. I would focus on publishing experimental and literary fiction. I want to publish fiction that touches people to the core. If you tell the universe what you want, things eventually happen. For those of you who have obtained your MFA, what are you doing with your degree? For those of you who are still in school, what  are your future plans? We got to keep believing, dreaming, and writing. This is what we are born to do. It is our calling.   

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  1. Okay, so I have my Master’s in writing and I honestly asked myself those same questions. I pretty much kept my day job. lol However, I do have more confidence now and have used my newfound confidence as a catalyst to start taking my writing to a new level. I am submitting more of my work, entering into contests, and I’ve even joined a Writer’s Group (so that I can continue to get peer review feedback)!

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