If the answer is no to any of them than no, it's not worth it. Others are happy and have decently paying jobs in publishing, magazines, or online magazines related to writing or at least culture. Ultimately, these degrees can teach valuable transferable skills that writers will learn to put into practice. Back then, I just wanted to study something I enjoyed. You have three years to develop your practise alongside your mentors.
Leave a Reply Your email address will not be published. A price beyond rubies, that. Hannah is a contributor to the Standoutbooks blog. I got my Creative Writing degree by accident. They say what sets good writers apart is their passion, and that can't be learned. I loved writing poems and stories in school and took what I learned home to write in my free time.
The worst part is they might all be wrong, too, as sometimes the pressure of having to contribute something to the class can induce unnecessary opinions. These days I love sharing my stories with the internet, and having my work read and enjoyed by others is one of the biggest reasons. Becoming a novelist or screenwriter is many a writers ultimate goal. By graduation, that group had been whittled down to under 30. In fact, I reckon that my freelance writing experience alone was the main thing that clinched the role for me — a degree was just a bit of a bonus for my employer.
In almost every case, the objective is to make relationships and to gain experience in the act of writing and being critiqued. There will be standards and your performance will be graded. If your post does not have actual questions related to writing, or otherwise primarily concerns personal matters, it is more likely to be removed at moderator discretion. I did no courses in creative writing. It was also a liberal arts school, so mix into all that an eclectic mix from other fields - hard science, social science, mathematics, history, language, etc.
If so, how much did it help? And you will be part of a community of other writers right where you are. That's only like, 260 pages. If I wanted to be a scientist or a historian then the relevant degree would be a definite asset. Go out and experience the world. The thing is, all I currently aspire to be is a writer. I think that hand on learning in a writing field is more important, and will have more of an impact. I admit, I will miss the writer's group I'm currently a part of when I leave college, and it can be a little harder to find local writer's groups in the community that meet regularly somewhere I can actually access simply.
This is what most people do. But often it was the oddball subjects that truly made my academic life. And I know the odds are against me. Do industry connections matter greatly to you? Being regularly entrenched in a fertile learning environment with so many other like-minded people can develop and grow your skills — both writerly and socially — exponentially. But as for the value of creative writing to you as a career choice advancement as an author, I don't know. Now I have returned to writing, but you know what? How about a course on films or how to write screenplays? In other words, I studied out of love of craft and form.
It's also a good support structure as you're around people who love the same things as you. Hope this helps a lil. In politics, thinking becomes feeling. I had a long career in journalism. Even those colleges which point to their radical stance and avant-garde teachings are creating students who conform to their mould-their sort of radicals, their sort of avant-garde. Those life experiences, doing something other than typing words onto a page, enriched their writing and gave them something to write about. The one suggestion I would have for you apart from do go, is don't focus on just one subject area.
My degree helped me to get my first full time job as an Assistant Brand Manager for an ecommerce company. I'm not going for the big bucks, though, and neither am I trying to make a career out of writing. It's applicable to a million things, and most people want their employees to be good writers. In addition to being a columnist with Publishers Weekly and a professor with , Jane maintains an award-winning blog for writers at. My older sister actually did journalism and creative writing but she now runs her own marketing company, which is cool, it shows you can branch off in different career paths. The successful writers just do it anyway.