R119. The Third Degree: Why Writers Pursue Additional Education Beyond the Bachelor’s and Master’s

Room 609, Washington State Convention Center, Level 6
Thursday, February 27, 2014
9:00 am to 10:15 am


In this time of shrinking job markets, a third degree, with its promise of financial support over two to six years, can seem pretty enticing. Such third degrees include: same MFA in same genre, MFA in different genre, MA plus MFA, and on to a PhD. But is a third degree worth the time and space it will take up in your brain? This panel will feature writers who have more than one graduate degree and what it did and didn’t do for them.



Fred Leebron has published essays, stories, and novels, co-edited anthologies, and co-written a textbook. He directs two MFA programs and a summer program, is an English professor at Gettysburg College, and a managing partner of Unboxed Books.

Andrew Levy is Edna Cooper Chair in English at Butler University, where he has served as MFA Director and is currently the English Department Head. He is the author of The First Emancipator, A Brain Wider Than The Sky, and co-editor of The Norton Anthology of Postmodern American Fiction. His essays have appeared in Best American Essays.

Nadine Sabra Meyer's The Anatomy Theater won the National Poetry Series. Her poems have won the New Letters Prize for Poetry, the 2011 Meridian Editor's Prize, and a Pushcart Prize. New poems have appeared in the Missouri Review, Southwest Review, Literary Imagination, and Ploughshares.

Margaret MacInnis’s essays have appeared in Colorado Review, Gettysburg Review, and Mid-American Review. Her essays were named notable by Best American Essays 2007, 2009, and 2011. She was the 2007 William Raney Scholar in Nonfiction at Bread Loaf.

Brighde Mullins's twelve plays have been performed in New York, London, San Francisco, and Los Angeles. Awards include a Guggenheim, Whiting, and NEA fellowships, and a United States Artists Award. She is the Director of MPW, a multi-genre creative writing program at the University of Southern California.


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