The MFAs tend to forget the point of writing education. A lack in teaching craft is surfacing even at the best programs.
So, we were all sitting around a table hashing out editorial schedules for our beloved authors when Ms. Stewart blurted out, "What was the best thing you took away from grad school?" We all looked around at each other...and resounded, "the exercises." And a book was born.
--Out of everything. Writing exercises. Everything else about an MFA is self-directed. You read on your own. You write on your own. If you are lucky, then maybe you get taught something about your craft...but I wouldn't bet on it. Too many professors tell you "writing can't be taught" -- and that is just plain wrong...much like any art form...it can be taught. To rebel against the lofty price of an MFA, we decided to collect all of our favorite, most inspiring writing exercises. We also added some definitions for words that come up in poetry.
No. big. deal.
Take that university.
Okay, but really. The book is cheap-- ten bucks cheap because we don't believe in ripping you off. You can buy it for tablets too. Yay! Tablets...What we love about this book is that you can return to it again and again to use the same exercises and find different results every time.
We've also decided that this is something that we will continue to develop...the same way that Writer's Digest and PW do it. Only we want to help writers develop their craft without having to shell out thousands and thousands of dollars for nothing. For a piece of paper.