How to Select a Writing School
To select a writing school or university, a person should consider the curriculum first. Major concentration should be placed on the study of English, communications or journalism. Bachelor's degree-seeking students can concentrate on creative writing, literature or linguistics, communications, or journalism. Some schools require a portfolio and personal statement. For those wishing to pursue their graduate or post-graduate degree in writing, a Master's or Ph.D. in English are desirable choices. These programs offer skills in research, adult learning theory and education, children's literature and writing theory, as well as topics specific to the interests of the student. Most graduate and post-graduate degree programs require a thesis or dissertation, and assist their students with the process in classes and workshops.
Consider the following when selecting a school:
- Some universities help students build up their resume and gain exposure to agents or publishers.
- Schools might also offer assistance, such as guidance on converting a dissertation into a book and getting it published.
- The school should have opportunities for experience in areas such as a school newspaper, magazine and website.
- Writing contests, writing clubs, workshops and associations are offered on many campuses.
- Aspiring writers should keep in mind that although many certificate programs are advantageous, a degree is generally required for employment.
10 Writing Schools
|Arizona State University||4-year, Public|
|Central Michigan University||4-year, public|
|Delaware State University||4-year, public|
|Lewis & Clark College||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Marquette University||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Northwestern University||4-year, private not-for-profit|
|Portland State University||4-year, public|
|SUNY Buffalo State||4-year, public|
|Temple University||4-year, public|
|The University of Texas at Austin||4-year, public|
|University of Missouri-St. Louis||4-year, public|