Prompted by a conversation with my writing friends last night, this morning, i spent some time Googling Creative Writing Degree & MA courses here in the UK.
Back in 2012 i started the BA course with The Open College and although i enjoyed my first year, i didn’t continue onto the 2nd year, for 2 reasons:
- The 2nd year was poetry and i really didn’t want to learn how to write poetry and spend a whole year doing so.
- I was having to write what they told me to write not what i wanted to write.
So i quit and enrolled on the Comprehensive Creative Writing Course with The Writers Bureau. Within a couple of weeks i realised that this wasn’t the course for me (i didn’t want to write articles for magazines) as the course very much concentrates on “selling” your work. I wanted to write a novel, i wanted to write a bloody good novel.
Then i tried the Open University who’s MA i’d heard great things about. But, I’ve been banned! lol…because i’d enrolled on 2 courses with them before and not completed them (they see me as a bad risk and i would affect their stats as another fail). I can appeal it, and heres my dilemma…..can i be arsed?
The Faber & Faber course was ok, i learnt a lot. But i didn’t really learn how to improve my writing, and thats what i need *sighs*
But i guess the real question is…Do i really need a “writing” qualification? What benefit will it be to me? So why is everyone doing it? And why am i even considering it? lol. I know the best way to become a better writer is to just practice, but i feel that if i had guidance, someone to point out the things I’m doing wrong, i would learn a lot quicker and become the writer i want to be…does that make sense?
Hanif Kureishi thinks i’d be mad to enrol on another course lol
What do you think? Would be very interested to hear your views 🙂