(From a Person who got a BA in Creative Writing but didn’t go for an MFA)*
*To clarify. I earned a Bachelors of Art in Creative Writing at a liberal arts college in a program that was structured to be like the Master of Fine Arts programs with the workshop structure. Although encouraged by my advisor to pursue a MFA, I decided that I wanted “go out in the real world” and stretch my writing wings outside of academia.
Pro: A Writing Community
Being part of a community of artists can be very exciting, very inspiring, and (on the flip side) very intimidating. Regardless, the community aspect is probably the best part of pursuing a degree (whether Bachelors or Masters) in creative writing, as you get to meet and befriend tons of people who are as passionate about writing as you. After all, they are putting their (student loan) dollars where there mouth is.
You can learn so much from your peers both in class, but better, outside of the classroom environment. Whether it's a dedicated ‘sit down and write’ time shared together, an open mic night, reviewing each other’s work outside of class assignments, or sharing ideas over dinner or drinks. Working alongside similarly passionate people can be a real motivation, better than elusive future career success or class grades.
Insights from the life of an aspiring, struggling writer; a passionate reader, and a working librarian.
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