I recently commented to a group of friends on Facebook that if I had to do it over again, I would not major in creative writing though I would never, ever change a thing about my college publications experiences. A college friend, who had also majored in writing, asked why. And now I share those reasons with you. So what major would I choose if I had to do it over again?
When I told people I wanted to study Creative Writing at university, some were supportive. Some were confused. Most thought I was an idiot. Just that some universities—even the smaller ones—are more well known in some industries than others. Every degree course is different, even if they have the same title.
IS A MASTER’S IN CREATIVE WRITING A USEFUL DEGREE?
I have a confession to make. Sometimes when I'm asked what I majored in during college, I occasionally fib and say English or English literature instead of what's written on my diploma: creative writing. It's not that I'm ashamed or embarrassed by my degree I worked really hard for it! Besides, who wants to constantly explain how they are or aren't using their creative writing degree in the real world? Nobody, that's who.
For some of the writers out there, getting a creative writing degree might be the first step toward publishing a novel, writing a script for a production, or even teaching at a school. I could discuss the debates that revolve around this degree, but I would rather stick to the facts and let you develop your own opinion on the subject. Although creative writing is not listed as its own profession on the BLS site, there is specific information for writers and authors which can be found here.