This, of course, is the central question to anyone pursuing a DIY MFA. Should you uproot your life or perform feats of time-management acrobatics in order to go back to school? Or should you go it alone?
I chose the former and was glad I did because the MFA program taught me several things, though not all necessarily about writing. We learned about the literature in our field and attended several publishing talks. Of course, it helped that the program was specific to children's writing. At the same time, though, I realized when I graduated that the MFA is not for everybody, which was the whole thought process that motivated DIY MFA back in September.
Now, as we near the end of October, I wanted to check in with all of you who participated in DIY MFA. How is everything coming along for you? Have you found some readings to attend and read some good books from your list?
Most importantly, how's the writing coming?