Take the Post MFA Experience Survey

Written by Matt Switliski.

As I’d mentioned in a prior post here on the Stonecoast Community Blog, I had a massive crisis of confidence combined with a debilitating case of writer’s block a year after graduation. And at the reunion I’d discovered I wasn’t alone in feeling that way. Pat Barletta and I talked about this in detail, wishing that someone had warned us about this possibility.

Cue light bulb.

We discussed this with Annie and she suggested a presentation on the post-MFA blues could be useful to students preparing to finish their formal Stonecoast experience. We’ve been preparing over the past few months for our presentation at the coming January 2013 residency, doing some research, expanding our scope to include the malaise some people feel between residencies. We’ve got some good info.

But we need more. And we’re hoping the Stonecoast alumni can help.

Pat and I—but really, she deserves most of the credit here—put together a short survey about students’ experiences following graduation. The survey includes ten questions, mostly multiple choice, aimed at understanding how other people felt upon earning the MFA degree.

If you have a few minutes, please follow the link and fill out the survey. All responses are anonymous, and you’d be doing a big favor to the Stonecoast community. It’s our hope that others will discuss this topic at future residencies—people sharing their experiences and their ways of coping.

Thanks in advance for your help!

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