S252. What's a Creative Writing PhD Worth?

Room 202, Western New England MFA Annex, Level 2
Saturday, March 1, 2014
3:00 pm to 4:15 pm


Four to five years of schooling is expensive, both in terms of time and money, when tacked on to what most schools and conferences already consider to be the terminal degree in the field of creative writing. This panel includes several writing instructors who have PhDs and one who does not, all of whom have recently been applying for academic jobs, and will work to help current and former MFA students decide whether those additional years of school are worth their potential costs.



William Donnelly is an assistant professor of English, Rhetoric, and Writing at Berry College in Rome, Georgia.

Edward Porter's fiction credits include Colorado Review, Barrelhouse, Booth, Best New American Voices, and Best Indie Lit New England. A former Madison Fellow and MacDowell Fellow, he teaches at Millsaps College.

Joseph Scapellato earned his MFA in Fiction at New Mexico State University. His fiction appears in Kenyon Review Online, Post Road, Unsaid, and Harper Perennial's anthology Forty Stories. He is blog editor at the Collagist.

Rebecca Lehmann is the author of the poetry collection Between the Crackups. She is Assistant Professor of English at SUNY Potsdam.


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