Douglas Stewart of Sterling Lord Literistic

Douglas Stewart of Sterling Lord Literistic

Agent Advice

Posted 5.13.13

What is the best advice you can give young writers who are applying to MFA programs?

Steph from
Salisbury,
MD
Sterling Lord Literistic, Inc.
65 Bleecker Street
New York, NY 10012

My advice is to understand that you don’t need an MFA to be a great writer. That said, getting an MFA is a wonderful thing! If you decide to pursue an MFA, you’ll get an automatic community of other burgeoning writers who will give you honest critiques of your works-in-progress, you’ll gain access to accomplished professors, and you’ll have uninterrupted time to focus on honing your craft. I would only caution that an MFA in no way guarantees you that your work will ever be published, nor does it necessarily provide access to a teaching job. It is, however, a wonderful luxury, and I advise you to savor every second of it.

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