"The most recalcitrant MFA's don't last long. They leave nurturing the sense that the philistines will never understand their precious vision. In some cases that's what they sign on for in MFA programs validation of their precious vision, because if you get nothing else from the "writing can't be taught" saw, you get that if nothing can be taught, nothing can be wrong. "

        - Tim Tomlinson
           Co-Author, The PMFA

Purchase The Portable MFA

The Portable MFA
      In Creative Writing

Writers obtain the core knowledge of a prestigious $50,000 MFA program without paying tuition. With sound, nuts-and-bolts instruction and real-world career advice, The Portable MFA in Creative Writing is the only book speaking directly to the tens of thousands each year who don't attend MFA programs. Topics include magazine writing, memoir and essay, poetry, fiction, novel writing, and playwriting:

    * Inspiration and tips on revision, stamina and productivity
    * Clear instruction on the craft behind the art
    * Detailed reading lists to expand writers' literary horizons

From Barnes and Noble, 6/06:

The Best in a Crowded Field
New York Writers Workshop's PORTABLE MFA IN CREATIVE WRITING is the single best book I've seen about the craft writing, and about the murky world of the MFA. If you aspire to write, the book covers the basics for beginners and it offers a challenge for more advanced writers of everything from fiction and poetry to plays and non- fiction. And if you're wondering about the value of the MFA degree, the book provides a comprehensive analysis of the pros and cons.

Also recommended: Janet Burroway's THE CRAFT OF FICTION, Flannery O'Connor's THE HABIT OF BEING, Annie Lamott's BIRD BY BIRD, Natalie Goldberg's WRITING DOWN THE BONES.


"The Portable MFA" is a creation of the New York Writers Workshop, an alliance of experienced, professional writers of poetry, fiction, non-fiction, plays and screenplays who live and teach in New York City.