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Hi All! This is my first post here, and I am a jumble of confusions so apologies about that. I an an engineering undergrad but I really have never liked it and have always loved storytelling, reading and film and the written word, so I decided to get a masters in Creative Writing. I even applied and got offers from a couple of universities, which I'll talk about later. Problem is, I keep reading everywhere about how it is a 'useless' degree and a 'waste of money' and that is really starting to freak me out. My undergrad was not my choice and now that I have the opportunity to make one, I'm completely paralyzed at the thought of making the wrong decision.
Finally, should I go ahead with joining this course in Jan 2021, I have offers from Anglia Ruskin, University of Dundee, University of Kent and Coventry University. Any suggestions which one might be better for CW masters, or at least what parameters I should be assessing these unis on?
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Hi All! This is my first post here, and I am a jumble of confusions so apologies about that. I an an engineering undergrad but I really have never liked it and have always loved storytelling, reading and film and the written word, so I decided to get a masters in Creative Writing. I even applied and got offers from a couple of universities, which I'll talk about later. Problem is, I keep reading everywhere about how it is a 'useless' degree and a 'waste of money' and that is really starting to freak me out. My undergrad was not my choice and now that I have the opportunity to make one, I'm completely paralyzed at the thought of making the wrong decision.
Finally, should I go ahead with joining this course in Jan 2021, I have offers from Anglia Ruskin, University of Dundee, University of Kent and Coventry University. Any suggestions which one might be better for CW masters, or at least what parameters I should be assessing these unis on?
UEA and Bath both have very well respected Creative Writing Courses, Cambridge also runs a part-time MSt in Creative writing, which might suit more financially.

Any degree is a waste of money or value depending on how you use it afterwards. If you have a clear idea of how you are going to monetise your storytelling, if you are building practical experience and it seems you have the potential to be published, or be paid to story-tell etc, then why not. If you are just satisfying a whim without any backup evidence of monetising ability, then beware.
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UEA and Bath both have very well respected Creative Writing Courses, Cambridge also runs a part-time MSt in Creative writing, which might suit more financially.

Any degree is a waste of money or value depending on how you use it afterwards. If you have a clear idea of how you are going to monetise your storytelling, if you are building practical experience and it seems you have the potential to be published, or be paid to story-tell etc, then why not. If you are just satisfying a whim without any backup evidence of monetising ability, then beware.
Do you mean Bath Spa university?
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UEA and Bath both have very well respected Creative Writing Courses, Cambridge also runs a part-time MSt in Creative writing, which might suit more financially.

Any degree is a waste of money or value depending on how you use it afterwards. If you have a clear idea of how you are going to monetise your storytelling, if you are building practDical experience and it seems you have the potential to be published, or be paid to story-tell etc, then why not. If you are just satisfying a whim without any backup evidence of monetising ability, then beware.
Do you mean Bath Spa university?
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HelloCongratulations on your offer to join us.I highly recommend you come to our open evening online, on the 18 Nov. You can ask your questions to our students and staff. Our lecturers are also professional writers in different areas so you will definitely get value from the course, whether it's just to perfect your unique voice and style, try something new or get help finishing (or even starting) your first novel. You can also specialise in your area, so if you know you want to pursue poetry or short fiction there are opportunities to speak to experts in this field and take modules on it.There are other elements too, away from just the practice of writing. Whether it's getting help finding an agent, entering/finding all of the anthology competitions or even going through the best processes to get published. There are also technical elements such as how best to submit works in order to be considered, how and who to network with, what to avoid and more. Many students get published / win awards while they're studying with us (or shortly after) on both the MA and BA writing courses, see Caroline's story here as a particularly prestigious example. https://aru.ac.uk/news/story-written...ns-major-award We hope to chat with you next month, to help you find the value in this fantastic course and opportunity. Best wishesMegan
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(Original post by QforUK2020)
Hi All! This is my first post here, and I am a jumble of confusions so apologies about that. I an an engineering undergrad but I really have never liked it and have always loved storytelling, reading and film and the written word, so I decided to get a masters in Creative Writing. I even applied and got offers from a couple of universities, which I'll talk about later. Problem is, I keep reading everywhere about how it is a 'useless' degree and a 'waste of money' and that is really starting to freak me out. My undergrad was not my choice and now that I have the opportunity to make one, I'm completely paralyzed at the thought of making the wrong decision.
Finally, should I go ahead with joining this course in Jan 2021, I have offers from Anglia Ruskin, University of Dundee, University of Kent and Coventry University. Any suggestions which one might be better for CW masters, or at least what parameters I should be assessing these unis on?
Hey QforUK2020,

Congrats on all your offers!

If you have any specific questions regarding CW at Coventry University, do ask and we'll help as best we can.

In terms of parameters, you should be assessing unis depending on your preference. For instance, what are you looking for? Why did you apply to the unis you did? How would you like to be assessed? Are you interested in an urban and countryside environment? What kind of location do you think you'll work best in? Have you gone through the course content for the year and has any of them attracted your attention? What do you hope to gain from doing a masters in CW and what employment opportunities are there available? What support is available for you, your course, your mental health, your finances, etc.
If it helps, take some time to think about what you really want from a CW course and what you hope to achieve or learn in that year and then look up what each uni provides and if you can, try to see if you can speak to a lecturer to get some insight into what you're looking for.

For reassurance, your degree is what you want to study and it's more than what people claim to be a "useless" degree. Many skills that you learn from undergrad and postgrad are skills you need in the working world, the majority of which are transferrable too - it's very easy to overlook this. Don't feel deterred about that and focus on what you want. Things will work out eventually.

I hope this helps a little

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Hi All! This is my first post here, and I am a jumble of confusions so apologies about that. I an an engineering undergrad but I really have never liked it and have always loved storytelling, reading and film and the written word, so I decided to get a masters in Creative Writing. I even applied and got offers from a couple of universities, which I'll talk about later. Problem is, I keep reading everywhere about how it is a 'useless' degree and a 'waste of money' and that is really starting to freak me out. My undergrad was not my choice and now that I have the opportunity to make one, I'm completely paralyzed at the thought of making the wrong decision.
Finally, should I go ahead with joining this course in Jan 2021, I have offers from Anglia Ruskin, University of Dundee, University of Kent and Coventry University. Any suggestions which one might be better for CW masters, or at least what parameters I should be assessing these unis on?
Hi there! Firstly well done an congratulation! We wish you all the best in your future, no matter what you decide If you would like to find out more about our Creative Writing degree, talk to current staff and students and overall find our why Kent is right for you, then join us on our virtual open day- book your place here https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/visit...raduate-events
Also, you are taught exclusively by members of the permanent creative writing team, all of whom are practising, award-winning writers: David Flusfeder, Nancy Gaffield, Dorothy Lehane, Kat Peddie, Eleanor Perry, Amy Sackville, Simon Smith, Scarlett Thomas, Dragan Todorovic and Evie Wyld (See staff research interests for further details). The Creative Writing MA can also be studied at our Paris centre or with your year shared between Canterbury and Paris. To find out more, simply click on ://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/211/creative-writing
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