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MFA vs NYC

MFA vs NYC

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Writers write--but what do they do for money?

In a widely read essay entitled "MFA vs NYC," bestselling novelist Chad Harbach (The Art of Fielding) argued that the American literary scene has split into two cultures: New York publishing versus university MFA programs. This book brings together established writers, MFA professors and students, and New York editors, publicists, and agents to talk about these overlapping worlds, and the ways writers make (or fail to make) a living within them. Should you seek an advanced degree, or will workshops smother your style? Do you need to move to New York, or will the high cost of living undo you? What's worse--having a day job or not having health insurance? How do agents decide what to represent? Will Big Publishing survive? How has the rise of MFA programs affected American fiction? The expert contributors, including George Saunders, Elif Batuman, and Fredric Jameson, consider all these questions and more, with humor and rigor. MFA vs NYC is a must-read for aspiring writers, and for anyone interested in the present and future of American letters.



Author: Chad Harbach
Publisher: Farrar, Strauss & Giroux-3pl
Published: 02/25/2014
Pages: 320
Binding Type: Paperback
Weight: 0.59lbs
Size: 8.35h x 5.50w x 0.83d
ISBN: 9780865478138

Review Citation(s):
Publishers Weekly 01/20/2014
Kirkus Reviews 02/01/2014
Library Journal 03/15/2014 pg. 120

About the Author
Chad Harbach grew up in Wisconsin and was educated at Harvard and the University of Virginia. He is the author of the bestselling novel The Art of Fielding (2011), as well as a founder and editor of n+1 magazine.

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