I want to be an author and I'm really just looking for the best programs out there. Any suggestions? January edited March Post edited by author on March Replies to: Best creative writing colleges. January What are your stats?
Yeah my stats are high, I just didn't know if there was a list of ranked programs. Google "best MFA programs"--Poets and Writers list a top these will be excellent on the undergrad level as well. I see that Vanderbilt is listed at There are also LACs that have strong creative writing programs, e. Kenyon, that won't be on this list. Take a look at these guidelines for undergrad creative writing programs: AWP- Director's Handbook It might be useful to compare programs that interest you in terms of these guidelines. Leisie93 36 replies 16 threads Registered User Junior Member.
Take a look at Oberlin College. They have a Creative Writing major. At Oberlin, you can get a BA. Knox College has a nationally-ranked creative writing program. Creative Writing is one of the most popular majors at Knox. Can go to business to find inspiration. Cherry 35 replies 14 threads Registered User Junior Member. February If you are looking to be an author, don't be an English major.
I know, sounds strange, right?
I'm serious on this one. Your whole four years will be basically sapped writing creative "assignments" for nothing more than a grade and no further worth of your time. When you finally graduate, you'll be so sick of the process that you'll be thrilled to make a career out of flipping burgers, sad to say.
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John Grisham studied law; that's why he writes such gripping tales about the courts. Smith, who writes "The Vampire Diaries," worked as a legal secretary. OK, so both know a lot about bloodsuckers, if you know what I mean. Rowling studied foreign languages, but she wanted to be an English major. Maybe if she had, she'd be a miserable Scrooge or more like Snape instead of the magickal Muggle mum every wannabe wordsmith wizard wishes to be. Snape speaks German, by the way Bruce Willis can tell you that.
Stephenie Meyer got a B. Her kids won't have to worry about Financial Aid. Hell, Kurt Vonnegut was a used-car salesman about 40 miles from where I live right now! But mechanics of grammar are just that -- mechanical -- and one must possess not only a talent for, and appreciation of, the myriad nuances of language, but a desire to make these words come to life. Otherwise it's just that, words on a page, black-and-white symbols without any soul.
It all depends on what you're after, and apologies if I sound biased, but this is how I'm starting to feel as a writer myself. The way I've come to think, Ph. I'd be more than happy with a few comma splices here and there, mass-market paperbacks, and a legion of regular-folk fans, rather than a blue-ribbon thesis that I felt "compelled" to write or forced, that is.
Not to brag, but one of my professors said that I should apply to Brown's creative writing program. Another has said I could win a Pulitzer, that I should be an adjunct at Oxford, yada yada yada and all that jive talkin' from the underbite. If only I'd give it the effort, they say, ah, well, eff'it -- "all your theses are belonging to dust. Consider this a constructive opinion, by the way. Better to have an infinite reserve of mutual rewards than an abundance of crisp greens that grows from rich fertilizer!
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A lot of colleges offer Creative Writing tracks to their English major. Like Pitzer College Or have precedent of students self-designing their own creative writing majors, like my college: Scripps College. I think USC is best known for it's graduate screenwriting program As for Cherry I understand how no one can teach you to be a writer.
Ideas come from your mind, soul, and experiences which no MFA program can teach you. However, what a writing program can teach you is how to better let your ideas out and most MFA programs let you publish a novel or poetry book by the time your done with your degree. Thanks everyone for your replies, I was wondering also if there are any people who actually have an MFA or Phd, which I eventually would like to get in writing so that I can teach college english as my job while i write on the side Did anyone have the same plan as I do, and did it turn out ok for them?
I have a PhD in English and teach it on the college level. I've posted elsewhere about how to prepare for grad school in English.
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The creative writing track is somewhat different but at some schools, e. If you are going to be writing a lot anyhow, you might as well be getting intelligent feedback from established writers, many of whom teach at universities. Most MFA programs have poets, fiction writers, and so on coming through on visits all the time, which can be very exciting and informative for young writers. The difference between "academic" and "nonacademic" writing is pretty porous, and a lot of "trade" writers have a LOT of English training, though they don't necessarily trumpet the fact.
She tells me the most successful romance writers tend to have Ivy or similar academic credentials; they're not the stereotypical high school dropouts with a flair for words. March Thanks everyone for all the feedback. One other thing, is it possible to get a college teaching job with only a mfa in creative writing, or should i really go the extra years to get a phd for college teaching? An MFA suffices if you want to teach creative writing. However, most good schools will want to see high-quality publications in addition to the degree.
In other words, it's not the MFA that gets you the job; it's your fiction or poetry.
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The PhD is the normal minimal credential if you want to teach English literature at the college level. Let me know if you need any assistance in getting jobs after you are done with your course. I'll be more than glad to help you. I've heard good things about UCSC's program May Hey, I'm here to necro this thread Professors have open door policies and genuinely want to see you succeed. They stay late after class to read your essay outlines, hold extra office hours before big exams, assist with putting study groups together. But, they're also human beings who are easy to connect with and who are always dispensing helpful post-graduation and life advice.
The word "community" is very much alive and well at UCSB. Go Gauchos! The campus is beautiful, the students are smart and hard-working, and the community is super diverse - racially and socio-economically. The kids are so open minded and kind and welcoming and I made friends immediately. My classes are challenging and engaging and my professors are amazing! I love being in LA - the opportunities are endless for culture, food, arts, etc. Great research opportunities and internships available.
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Athletics are also great and our rankings are improving with each season. Facilities are quite nice and the food is top notch. Thank you, Oxy! I'll add that any school is what you make of it, and that every person has a different "fit" school.