(Editor’s Note: This post was first published on 13 August 2013.)
Hemingway didn’t go to college. Neither did John O’Hara; F. Scott Fitzgerald did go to college and so did Edgar Allan Poe. Although, Poe attended West Point and he did not graduate.
I’m of the opinion that all writers are self-taught; but any higher education can be useful even if the writer doesn’t study writing.
I got my MFA in fiction writing in 2006 from the University of Pittsburgh and then realized I didn’t want to be an adjunct writing professor which my degree was good for. I didn’t want to be a cog in the wheels of academia. I didn’t want to leave Pittsburgh to get a job. I’d been working for bosses all my life. Now I wanted to take the chance of being my own boss. And I wanted to be a part of the new media. I wanted to be a blogger. Taking early retirement gave me my chance.
Still, I’m glad I got that MFA. It was sort of a pat on the back that said, you can do it. And every writer needs that pat on the back whether the writer goes to college or not.
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