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Rage over'misleading' rankings of creative writing classes | Book
Poets & Writers magazine's creative writing program rankings angered a group of 190 writers and educators who described the results as "bad: methodically deceptive and extremely misleading". America's creative writing MFAs[PDF], headed by the University of Iowa for 2012, followed by Michigan, Wisconsin, Brown and Cornell, was collected by interviewing over 600 MFA candidates on the much-loved Creative Writing MFA Blog.
All 190 demonstrators who have been teaching creative writing, including David Shields, CD Wright, Bob Shacochis, David Lehman, Tony Hoagland and Heather McHugh, have asked the journal to stop releasing a mailing that they say gives "false, over-simplified and inaccurate information " to future college undergraduates.
Leslie Epstein, writer and head of the creative writing program at Boston University, likened the creation phase of the book - which, in his opinion, does not take into consideration the call of a department - to the question "who stands in front of a cafeteria and studies the meal card, how he likes the food". "The New York University writer and head of the creative writing program, Deborah Landau, said the ranking was "extremely deceptive, a minion for MFA candidates and of no importance.
It would be correct if the title of the poets and authors on the page was'MFA programs most commonly used by the blog readers'. "Boston's class was ranked fifty, while New York was sixteenth. According to the authors, the results are "severely distorted" when it comes to considering the funding offered by a program as the main mediator of value and not the standard of teaching, and while they are agreed that funding must be a "serious consideration" when selecting a creative writing course, "a student's relation to his or her department - what and how to learn - is at least as important".
"There is no direct correlation between study and work in business days like these. The MFA in creative writing and the doctorate in English with a creative dissertation," she said in an open cover note about the project. "As we work to help our alumni find work, it is important to realize that creative writing is not a job for the great majority. Therefore, while we work to help our alumni find work, it is important to realize that creative writing is not a work.
A number of authors make a livelihood as educators, others are attorneys, full-time housewives, physicians, journalists, business proprietors, salesmen and technicians. Candidates should not consider a creative writing qualification, provided that the qualification itself results in university work. No candidate should put himself in danger to continue his studies.
The journal Poets & Waterers, edited by the 40-year-old non-profit organization Poets & Waterriters Inc., has now reacted to the critics and editor-in-chief Mary Gannon called on the authors to "raise the bar". "We asked the MFA School and the student about the qualities of the MFA programs. As well as the rankings, she added that the journal contained five other catagories "all of which are built on solid data", that it "made great efforts to contextualize the materials presented to our readers", and that it told the pupils that they should not depend on the spreadsheets to decide where to submit their applications.
"What made us choose to rank? As MFA programs spread, the issue of whether or not to participate has become a mounting issue among our readers," she said. Some of them are authors, some of them arise or never published, but all of them believe in the literal words and commit themselves to the name.
You' ve actually been reading our mag. Our task is to meet them and their specific needs - in this case with a comparison of the characteristics of the major programs and other publications on topics related to the creative programs for university graduates".