My first jobtalk is with writer Jessica Rosevear. Whatever type of writer you’re thinking of becoming – short story, novel, mystery, nonfiction, poetry – this interview will give you an idea of what it means to be a writer.
M.F.A. The New School, 2010
Ed.M. Rutgers, 2007
B.A. Rutgers, 2005
How did you get involved in writing?
I’ve always kept journals and been interested in writing. It’s just always been part of me.
How has getting an MFA helped you?
In my experience, the MFA introduces you to a community of like-minded people with whom you can make connections and from whom you can learn. I think the value of the MFA program, though, is in the “whole” rather in the sum of its parts. As an alumna of the New School, I can attend many writing events for free or at a reduced cost. I just attended a 2-day writing conference for $25 (as opposed to $350), where I made connections with and learned from many industry professionals. However, I do think it’s possible to cobble together your own “MFA experience” through individual classes, making your own writing group, and being an avid reader. Continue reading