SAM WIEBE Sounds Off on the MA DEGREE — Part 5 MFA series

Today, I had the pleasure of interviewing Sam Wiebe, successful crime fiction author and English Professor from north of the border. Listen in as Sam sounds off on his journey from struggling MA college student to successful author and satisfied teacher:
“Career-wise, I don’t want to be owned–by a student loan, a giant mortgage, a boss, etc. If I can accomplish that as a writer, terrific. In the meantime I teach, and I enjoy that. Making kids aware of Dorothy B Hughes or Dashiell Hammett, helping them to express themselves–what’s not to like about that?”

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SAM WIEBE: I basically dropped out of school after my second year and worked a bunch of blue collar jobs, driving a forklift, stocking shelves at a liquor store, etc. I was without purpose. I enrolled at the local university-college because I remembered enjoying literature. I took a third-year Shakespeare course with a teacher named Neil Kennedy, and I was back in 100%. I went through and then into the MA program at Simon Fraser University, and finished in four semesters. I’ve been teaching ever since.

Lisa singleLISA: So tell me what your MA experience was like in Canada.

Sam Wiebe equalizeSAM:College in Canada is neither cheap nor guaranteed–it’s cheaper than the States, for sure, but still very expensive. I worked two jobs through most of my education, and I graduated with quite a bit of student debt.

On one hand I wish finances hadn’t played as much of a…

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