Recently, I received an e-mail from a self-described “frequent reader” of this blog. This person gave me permission to share his/her request for advice with the full blog community.
Basically, our fellow practicing writer is “trying to figure out what is the difference between a Master’s in Professional Writing and a M.F.A in Creative Writing with a focus on Creative Non-Fiction.”
Anyone have insights to share on this? My own first guess is that it might depend on the program(s) in question, that there’s surely some variation among MPW programs just as there can be among MFAs. Beyond that, I’m suspecting that the MPW (generally speaking) might have a more forthright focus on publishing and a broader commercial outlook, and that MFA programs (again, generally speaking) may require more reading and critical writing.
But let’s please hear from all of you.