How to Report | The MFA Years

Bullying and other harmful behaviors within graduate programs pose unique challenges: think of a typical sick workplace, and then take away all the safeguards. Grad students are at such a crucial juncture in their academic careers. The field is so competitive, the stakes so high, the scraps we are fighting over so few. Departments or programs, especially creative writing programs, are often insular and shut off from outside interference, even interference of the just and desperately needed variety. MFA students are much less likely, in my experience, to read professional publications like Inside Higher Ed, which has some helpful advice about bullying, or attend conferences like the MLA, which has a session about bullying in academia this year. We might not hear about Tumblrs documenting abuse across many disciplines, because, well, we are artists. We get cliquish. And then in two three years, not the five or six that many PhD students spend, we are gone. … READ MORE

How to Report | The MFA Years

Author: Cady Vishniac

MFA, Distinguished University Fellowship. Endelman/Gitelman Fellow University of Michigan, English and Judaic Studies, Translation Fellow at Yiddish Book Center. Translation forthcoming in LA Review. Fiction most recently in Glimmer Train and New England Review, contest winner in Ninth Letter, Mid-American Review, and others. Collected in New Stories from the Midwest. Been to Kenyon Review Workshops, Tent: Creative Writing, Vermont Studio Center. Editor for Raleigh Review, Reservoir.

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