The Free MFA Master Class
This free one-day weekend seminar offers information and personalized advice on creative writing MFA programs: where to go, how to get in, whether you should pay for it (probably not!), and how they help (and don't help) writers' careers. We'll talk about the application process, offer tips for the writing sample, and field questions about full-time vs. low-residency, large vs. small, NYC vs. anywhere else, and other concerns. We'll also teach generative writing exercises, describe our experiences reading hundreds of MFA applications, advise you on personal statements, résumés, and letters of recommendation, and critique sample applications.
This seminar is not our eight-week workshop, The MFA Boot Camp.
Best in the business...
“The instructors at the Berlin Writers' Workshop are among the best in the business: brilliant writers, thorough editors, thoughtful teachers, and insightful critics. That all this literary talent has descended on Berlin is tremendously exciting.”
— Carmen Maria Machado, author, Her Body and Other Parties
"As a writer and editor, Rebecca has an extraordinary aptitude for understanding work in its big silhouettes and in its finer textures. She’s clear-eyed and curious and deliberate. She offers serious attention to others’ pages. I’ve been so grateful to have her as a reader and literary confidante."
— Amanda Goldblatt, writer and teacher
"Whether offering me practical guidance about how to restructure a story, recommending a book or essay that I might find useful, or simply encouraging me to keep going, their intelligence and mentorship have helped me and my writing enormously."
— Ariel Lewiton, Director of Marketing and Publicity, Sarabande Books