So, you want to be a writer. Do you have to go to college to be a writer? Of course not. Will college help you become a better writer? Probably.
Hello, my brother and sister writers. I sure enjoyed my four years as an undergrad at the University of Pittsburgh between 1999-2003. I started out as a part-time, 50-something-year-old second semester sophomore. And I enjoyed my three years of graduate school at the University of Pittsburgh from 2003-2006 even more. College opened up a whole new world to me. And since I’d been writing and submitting my work from the time I was 21 years old, college was just another experience for me to use as material for my writing.
Before college, I always felt isolated as a writer. I really didn’t personally know any other writers until I got to college. Many of my professors were published writers. That was nice.
So, no, you don’t need to go to college to be a writer; but if you get the opportunity to go to college you should go. You don’t even have to study writing. Get a degree in something that will help you get a job so you won’t starve as a writer.
Hail to Pitt!