James A. Ritchie wrote:In all honesty, a bachelor's degree won't do you much good. If you're wanting to profit from a writing degree, you really need to be looking for a master's degree in English, with an emphasis on creative writing. Most large university's offer one. You should also look for top M.F.A. programs, and this is what the English Lit. degree with creating writing electives sets you up for. A Ph. D. in English, with an emphasis on creative wriitng, is even better, but a master's will do nicely.
It largely is a matter of you get what you pay for because the bigger and better the university, the more big names they'll bring in to help out, to lecture, etc. But reputation really matters. Butler University is pretty small, but has a very, very good reputation for their creative writing and M.F.A. program, and the tuition is just over $16,000 for the first year. For what you get, this is pretty reasonable.
But many universities offer a master's in English with an emphasis on creative writing, and also have fine M.F.A. programs. You really need at least a master's, and getting a Ph. D. and/or an M.F.A. is better still.
Do people with degrees get priority in the publishing business, or is getting picked up by an agent more reliant on having that killer query letter, regardless of education?
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