Other than eating beans straight from the can and canceling cable, there’s really no consensus about the best way to prepare for the writer’s life. So we’ve put together a panel of writers who have pursued an array of options for their writing education—all with great results.

Join fiction writer Gary Schanbacher (Crossing Purgatory and PEN/Hemingway finalist Migration Patterns), poet Elisa Gabbert, MFA (The French Exit), novelist Carleen Brice (Orange Mint and Honey and Children of the Water) and poet and fiction writer Seth Brady Tucker, MA, PhD (Mormon Boy) for this lively, filibuster-free Writer’s Buzz panel.