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Basically I'm really interested in writing and doing writing as a profession in some way. I'm just wondering if a creative writing course is worth the money you put into it? And has it properly helped anyone better their writing ability or is it just a waste of time and money?
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Basically I'm really interested in writing and doing writing as a profession in some way. I'm just wondering if a creative writing course is worth the money you put into it? And has it properly helped anyone better their writing ability or is it just a waste of time and money?
I'd be inclined to say do a more conventional degree and write in your spare time, tbh, unless you can get into somewhere like UEA, which has a real reputation. The usual advice for aspiring journalists is to become knowledgeable in an area you can then write about, not to do a journalism degree. Even though I am an English teacher, I don't think creative writing can really be taught. I think you either have it, in which case do it, or you haven't, in which case the degree will be a waste of time and money. But that's just my two cents.
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I'd be inclined to say do a more conventional degree and write in your spare time, tbh, unless you can get into somewhere like UEA, which has a real reputation. The usual advice for aspiring journalists is to become knowledgeable in an area you can then write about, not to do a journalism degree. Even though I am an English teacher, I don't think creative writing can really be taught. I think you either have it, in which case do it, or you haven't, in which case the degree will be a waste of time and money. But that's just my two cents.
Yeah I hear this sort of thing a lot. And I am inclined to agree with you but I am applying for UEA along with other schools that have a good reputation for the degrees. I'm thinking I definitely won't do creative writing alone but it could be a nice addition to Eng Lit at the very least.
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Yeah I hear this sort of thing a lot. And I am inclined to agree with you but I am applying for UEA along with other schools that have a good reputation for the degrees. I'm thinking I definitely won't do creative writing alone but it could be a nice addition to Eng Lit at the very least.
Well, Eng lit has the status of being a traditional academic discipline, so that's a sensible idea.
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Go for English Lit, OP. You'll get a much more rigorous and useful education through that. How can one expect another to teach them creative writing?
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I'd be inclined to say do a more conventional degree and write in your spare time, tbh, unless you can get into somewhere like UEA, which has a real reputation. The usual advice for aspiring journalists is to become knowledgeable in an area you can then write about, not to do a journalism degree. Even though I am an English teacher, I don't think creative writing can really be taught. I think you either have it, in which case do it, or you haven't, in which case the degree will be a waste of time and money. But that's just my two cents.
Where else is good for creative writing, by the way? I've heard UEA and Warwick, but is there anywhere else?
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Where else is good for creative writing, by the way? I've heard UEA and Warwick, but is there anywhere else?
These are postgrad, but a university with good postgrad is likely to have some of the same staff doing the undergrad course.
http://www.whatuni.com/degrees/cours...0701/page.html
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If we're honest, all English degrees are very ''Mickey Mouse''. Creative writing is even worse.
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I think it could be good, depending on how it is taught. There are obviously close links to Literature, and some more tenuous links with Politics / Law / Philosophy through the study of Rhetoric. However, I doubt that many of the degrees actually fully exploit those connections. If you are just put in a workshop writing about your feelings or random ideas that sounds more like therapy than a rigorous study of language arts. Do yourself a favour and check out descriptions of the modules that make up the degree.

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Go for English Lit, OP. You'll get a much more rigorous and useful education through that. How can one expect another to teach them creative writing?
Well, I don't know if Creative Writing can be taught, but I know that Rhetoric has been taught for over 2500 years. That doesn't really prove that one can learn it, but at least it's an indication of how important it was perceived to be.
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Where else is good for creative writing, by the way? I've heard UEA and Warwick, but is there anywhere else?
I'm applying to UEA, as well as Brunel and Canterbury Christ Church on the basis that they have fairly good undergrad creative writing courses, whether they actually do or not I have no idea.
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