I believe with all my heart that anyone who wants to write should write. Writing can take on so many forms from novels and screenplays to poetry and even graphic novels. To excel at writing, you need a combination of desire and experience. The desire comes from your heart, but the experience needs to be garnered…perhaps from a MFA program in creative writing. What impresses MFA programs and how do you get accepted?
The first thing you’ll need is a sample of your work. You can imagine the importance behind this one piece of writing. Don’t rush it. Take the time to properly outline, consider strong dialogue, character development, plot arcs, and pacing. To ensure that it is the best it can be, consider finding other people to read and critique your work. Evatopia offers critiquing services as well as editing to help draw your best writing out of you.
You may also be asked for personal references. This means you need to plan your application in advance so that you have time to develop relationships, allow others to read your work and perhaps, take on an internship with a company that is willing to write a letter of recommendation on your behalf.
When planning to enter a MFA creative writing program, you’ll also need to consider what discipline you’re interested in studying. Do your interests lie with fiction, non-fiction, screenwriting, plays? Take the time to explore the possibilities and make sure your writing sample is geared to your desired course of study.
Evatopia offers information on many film schools and writing program throughout the country. Check out our links under “Education.”