Gazette reports on creative writing MFA program

The (Cedar Rapids) Gazette visited campus and interviewed Professor of English Glenn Freeman for a story about the 2020 launch of Cornell’s M.F.A. program in creative writing.

Picture of exterior of Van Etten-Lacey House
Van Etten-Lacey House is the home of Cornell’s M.F.A. in creative writing low residency program.

Freeman told reporter Vanessa Miller that low residency programs like Cornell’s creative writing M.F.A. produce more sustainable writers.

“I think the benefit is that the way that you’re working in the program actually models the way you would be working when you’re not in school,” he told the reporter. “When you do a full-residency, it’s almost unrealistic. You can get a lot of work done, but then when you graduate you have to figure out how to fit writing into your life. Whereas with the low residency, that’s what you’re doing. You’re figuring out how to fit writing into your life. So that there’s not a huge shift once you graduate.”

Freeman said the program has received 125 inquiries to date.