27 Writers on Whether or Not to Get Your MFA

maureen johnson

Maureen Johnson: Prolific Young Adult writer of books delightful (Suite Scarlett, The Bermudez Triange), series frightful (the “Shades of London” books which are Jack the Ripper-themed), and noted internet personality.

Does she have an MFA? Yes, Columbia.

Does she teach in programs? No.

Does she think you should get an MFA? Officially, no: “Frankly, I don’t push MFAs on people at all.” She’s pro life experience. But she has good techniques on how to get the most out of your MFA.