Before you consider an MFA or a fellowship, take a second look at a time-honored alternative–mental illness. Not all mental illnesses inspire their sufferers, and not all mental patients make good art, but some disorders do have a strong correlation with creativity, and emotional turbulence is often what drives someone to make art in the first place. Here is a concise (and un-scientific) guide to help you choose the emotional disorder that’s right for you.
Read my artist’s guide to emotional problems at Broke-Ass Stuart.