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Do You Need to Take a Course to Become a Writer?


Writing is often presented as a craft rather than an art. But does this mean that it requires education? There is no straightforward answer to this question. The choice is individual. In order to make an informed decision, you need to consider what writing classes can give you and what they cannot.

Creative writing has become an academic discipline on its own. It is studied in universities and anyone can gain a degree in it. It is also taught as part of other degrees, such as journalism, English and advertising. Given its high stature, it is perfectly natural for you to wonder whether you should take classes to be a good writer whose works are competitive.

Attending writing classes has a wide range of benefits that should be considered. You will learn the so called technical skills you need. You will be able to master your grammar and sentence structure formation. You will enrich your vocabulary and learn methods for finding the best words and expressions for your works. You will be taught how to actually come up with a story that will fascinate audiences.

Apart from teaching you how to write, writing classes are great places to have your work reviewed. You will receive individual feedback and learn from your mistakes. This is certainly beneficial for novice writers. Still, some might say that having every work assesses on standard criteria might affect creativity negatively.

In general, creative writing classes teach you how to do the job of a writer. You will usually get aid with planning, organizing and scheduling your work. You will be taught how to overcome writer’s block. These are also things that you might have hard time figuring out on your own.

Another benefit of attending a class is that you will have the opportunity to interact with other writers. You will certainly get a lot of advice as well as helpful feedback on your work. You can readily learn a lot of things from people with more experience. In addition, you will have the opportunity to make contacts with people in the publishing industry through fellow writers.

Given all this, it seems that attending a class to become a good writer is a must. This is not entirely true. It can give you technical skills, but it cannot give you passion for writing or better understanding of human nature. Besides, you can readily find advice on and instructions for writing in many books and articles.

Overall, it is up to you to decide whether you need classes to become a good writer.

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