Tuesday, May 11, 2010

fab five questions for fresh fiction students

--> I was thinking, if I'm ever a MFA mentor or creative writing teacher working with a student over an extended period of time, I might find it useful to get to know the student a bit. Here are some things I think I'll ask.

1.   Why are you pursuing an MFA? or What do you hope to gain from this course?
2.   What are your long term fiction writing goals? Your fiction writing goals for this semester?
3.   What are you most proud of accomplishing in the past? Is there anything you have  not accomplish that you would like to work on this semester?
4.   Have you published fiction? If so, what type? And, how does that work fit into your long term and short term fiction writing goals? Is publishing fiction one of your goals?
5.   What are your fiction writing strengths? Weaknesses? Why do you believe these are your strengths and weaknesses?

Just a thought.


  1. These are great questions for any higher degree (e.g. insert History for MFA, and non-fiction for fiction)! Did they ask you these when you began your program? Or did you wish they had? :)

  2. No, no one has asked me those questions. I'm still waiting...