Trying to decide whether or not creative writing is right for you? Selecting your major is a tough decision to make. Here are ten reasons why you should enrol into a creative writing class this coming semester!
1. It will elevate your skills
In your first year as a creative writing student, you’ll learn so many things about the profession you never knew about. Syntax, grammar and form are all important features of your work, and your tutors will recognise where your strengths are, and will help you to resolve your weak spots.
2. You will get invaluable feedback
Creative writing tutorials go through a series of workshops throughout the term. This is where students hand in their writing to the class and have fellow students critique it. While this may seem daunting, having a third perspective and some constructive criticism are the best ways to improve your writing.
3. It will make you more perceptive
You’ll always be sourcing new material as a creative writing student. Your classes will make you more aware of the world and the people you’re surrounded by. Discussing your experiences is a great way to kick off your writing process!
4. You will meet interesting people
There are all kinds of creative writers at your university! Poets, novelists, screenwriters…the list goes on. You’ll meet so many interesting and influential people in this subject. You’ll definitely be inspired by your classmates, and may even want to write about them some day!
5. It could help you get published
Creative writing students will receive emails about upcoming competitions to submit their work to. Tutors also know the best online magazines to submit to, so enrolling in a writing class is a great way to learn about the publishing process and industry.
6. Help you learn more about yourself
Creative writing forces you to open up about yourself and your experiences. You’ll have to delve right into the thick of old events for your assignments and think about memories you’ve stored far, far away in your mind. While this might be a little frightening, it is quite cathartic and might make a good story. This is also a great way to grow and develop as an individual. What other classes can you think of that achieve this?
7. It will make you more confident
As your practice, and have others read and critique your work, you’ll become more confident in your abilities. You might even want to start submitting your prose to online magazines. There is always someone in the world who will like your writing, so why not start to strengthen your confidence in class?
8. It will give you lots of reading time
Creative writing subjects will require you to learn from other writers. You’ll be reading about lots of different themes and learning about differences in style from your classes. This is a great introduction to the writing world, and might even persuade you to approach your own style in a different manner!
9. It will push you out of your comfort zone
Creative writing might make you feel uncomfortable, especially if you’re writing about yourself or your past. However, you can utilise your memories and turn them into beautiful prose. Classes will also encourage you to experiment with style. Don’t be afraid of something you’ve never tried before! You will get the hang of it with practice.
10. It will elevate your mood
Ultimately, creative writing classes are fun! You get to read the work of other people and write essentially whatever you like for assignments. You’ll leave your classroom feeling inspired to write and prepared to tackle the day ahead!
Did this change the way you feel about creative writing? Let us know in the comments below!
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Creative writing major at the University of Melbourne! One of the few arts kids drinking coffee instead of tea. Slowly crying my way through Ulysses.