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  • V.M. Weisen

DIY MFA

I've been obsessing lately about going back to get my MFA in Creative Writing. I love to learn and never want to stop. However, degrees are expensive, and the only way I could do it would be to take half of my husband's GI bill. My husband doesn't want it, so I technically can, but we have an eight-year-old son. I want him to get it, not me. As much as I want my MFA, I want my son to go to college and not worry about money more.


But then I had an epiphany.


There are so many incredible books on writing out there, and I own damn near half of them. I rushed to my office and started cataloging all the books I had. In the end, I had like 67 books from which I could learn. I devised a plan. I will study each book in depth and take notes on all of them. I'm going to make up my own MFA. I imagine I'll add on books to that number as they come out, but for now, I'm feeling great about this idea.



The only cost is time, but I think it's worth it. I've been feeling blocked lately and can't figure out what to write because nothing sounds good. This is a much better use of my time than wallowing. I'm excited to start and get things going. I'm ready to better myself!

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