I've been looking at high-residency, low-residency, and no-residency MFAs for advanced training in writing, specifically for gaining access to mentors and finding a writing community that I can take work to for advanced critiques. I'm not impressed by the cost-benefit ratio of MFAs for someone who has strong writing skills and no interest in teaching.
What are some ways outside of MFA programs where I can find published writing mentors and communities who will work with me year-round for a couple of years to improve my craft? I'm happy to pay. But I don't want to pay $50K+ for five weeks of residency with the rest of the two years spent working on my own, which I do anyway. Or alternatively, having a heavy teaching load as a GTA while trying to do my own thing.
Reasons why I should get an MFA are off-topic, thank you.