About the Author
Lori A. May is a part-time writing instructor and a member of the AWP, MLA, and the Michigan College English Association. She is a frequent guest lecturer and workshop presenter at writers' conferences and graduate writing programs. In addition to her freelance writing, May is the author of two novels and a poetry collection. More information is available online at www.loriamay.com.
I'd already read Tom Kealey's text, "The Creative Writing MFA Handbook," but this text greatly expands that and narrows the focus to low-res programs. It was encouraging to read comments by faculty, directors and alumni of the programs, and it helped me to scratch off a few of the programs on my list for which, only a few days ago, I'd been preparing application packets.
An MFA is huge investment in time and money, so it's important to find the program(s) that best suit your needs. May's discussions on teaching philosophy, format, residency community, pedagogy (or lack thereof), and even life after the MFA held priceless information that helped to direct me to programs that will best fit what I need and desire.
Highly and strongly recommended to anyone considering a low-residency MFA program. Kudos to Lori May for putting together such an informative, concise piece of work!