I wonder sometimes about a more community-based model. Just local workshops and events put on by centers and schools and writing organizations. This would I guess mean that there would be no such thing as a formal degree qualifying you to teach writing--but I think I basically agree with that. I just think this would force people to really examine their programming (to keep it alive) and also their writing practice (to keep it constant, rather than a homework-based model, which school has trouble escaping). It might be interesting to see prestigious institutes and residencies rise up in place of prestigious programs--I wonder if it would ultimately give more people more of a chance, or if it would even be able to take off without the support that a full-time, tuition-funded program guarantees.I dunno. I like the MFA all right, too. But I feel like it's getting further and further from the sort of colloquium or conservatory model I think it was originally meant to imitate.