Now What? Paperback Edition Launched!

We’re very excited to announce that the paperback edition of “Now What?  The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success After the MFA” is now available!  You can place your order here.

Our editors held a formal announcement and reception this past weekend, and Fairfield University, our collective alma mater, issued the following announcement:

Fairfield University celebrates the launch of a new writer’s guide authored by MFA graduates, faculty

FAIRFIELD, Conn. (July 22, 2014) – The MFA in Creative Writing Program at Fairfield University announces the launch of “Now What? The Creative Writer’s Guide to Success After the MFA” in paperback, featuring wisdom and advice from 46 contributors, all of whom are graduates, students or faculty of the MFA program and authors themselves.

Published as an eBook in February, “Now What?” is the first multi-genre writer’s guide authored, edited and published entirely by writers for writers. It provides crucial advice, tips, instruction and inspiration from the authors, who understand the challenge of making writing a permanent part of one’s life. The book includes everything from poetry and personal essays to nuts-and-bolts checklists and glossaries of key industry and legal terms.

“Developed by writers for writers, this book is a must-have for all writers and writing students,” said Michael White, Ph.D., founder and director of the MFA program. “It answers the basic questions – theoretical, practical, emotional – that newly graduated MFA students have.  I’m convinced that it will soon be the “Bible” for all writing students.”

The all-volunteer project was a labor of love for the MFA alumni, students and faculty. The MFA Alumni Association’s goal for the project is to encourage maximum creative output and achievement not only for Fairfield graduates, but for serious writers everywhere, whether they’d like to make writing a career, a hobby or something in between. The volunteers committed more than 1,000 collective hours to plan, write, edit, produce and distribute the book. It was funded, in part, by a grant from the Fairfield University Humanities Institute of the College of Arts and Sciences.

Dr. White, Editor-in-Chief Ashley Andersen Zantop and Chapter Editors Michael Bayer and Erin Corriveau launched the book and participated in a panel discussion on “lifelong community” at the Association of Writers & Writing Programs conference in Seattle earlier this year. “Twenty years in the publishing industry has taught me there is no single correct path to success as a writer, but there are some fundamentals that can increase a writer’s chances – one of those is building a strong community of other writers to collaborate with,” said Andersen Zantop. “This book suggests a range of ways writers can make a healthy writing community part of their lives as well as a variety of other crash-tested strategies for creating writing success.”

“Now What?” is available on and through other book retailers and distributors as a paperback and an eBook. To learn more about the book, visit the website at