Which is better for a writer: a college education, or a variety of experiences?

Beginning Writer’s Answer Book edited by Jane Friedman

If your goal is to obtain a staff job at a publication or with a publisher, a college degree is a near must. Creative writing programs, too, can be extremely valuable; they force you to write and they include regular criticism by professors and peers. On the other hand, the habits (and even rules) learned while writing for an academic degree may have to be broken before you can produce a salable book or magazine article.

Most creative writers—those with MFA degrees and without—claim that experience trumps education, as nothing can be a substitute for experience. As Virgil said, “Trust one who has gone through it.” But even if you live a rather humdrum existence, you can usually find material for your writing simply by exercising your imagination. Emily Dickinson, for example, created perceptive poetry though her lifestyle was, by most modern standards, frightfully dull.

You might also like:

  • No Related Posts

10 thoughts on “Which is better for a writer: a college education, or a variety of experiences?

  1. virat

    Preparing for the MBA program is not an easy task if you know nothing about the requirements defined for the applicants. But if you are equipped with knowledge on what you have to do in order to participate in the program, you can achieve your goals and enroll in a program of any prestigious business school. See more statement of purpose writing service

  2. RichardVincent

    Most students say they’re in college primarily for the job or career they expect to follow after college. And they are correct that college pays off enormously in terms of future earnings, job security and stability, and job satisfaction. Every statistic shows that people with a college education will make much more in their lifetime (much, much more than the cost of college itself) and be much happier with the work they do.


  3. virat

    You may have thought out your current check you get the file that you can check your quest time frame you might have planned specifically though you are going to study. At the moment this is actually the program must be implemented, without having exclusion. your cisco exams thought is really well and good one hearing on my view.


This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.