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December 12, 2012
I have an MFA in fiction writing, and I'm wondering whether to mention it in promotional material for my services. I realize that my degree in fiction did virtually nothing to qualify me for business writing or healthcare writing, which I have a little experience in and hope to do more of. I definitely wouldn't want to mention that my degree is in fiction, but I am wondering if I should say I have an MFA in writing. In my experience, many people don't know what an MFA is, so my question is this: does saying I have an "MFA in writing" or putting the initials on a business card make me look more credible as a "professional writer" just because it appears that I have a graduate degree in my field? Or would it make me look less professional if a potential client figures out/already knows what the degree actually is?
February 11, 2010
I don't see anything wrong with putting MFA on your marketing materials. But I wouldn't do anything intentionally misleading like saying you have an MFA in Writing when in fact it's specific to fiction. Just play it from the "your copy needs to be able to tell a story, and my background shows I can do that" angle.
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