What Can I Do With A Degree In Creative Writing?

"I absolutely love to write. It is the only thing I am really good at, and I can do it all day long. I’ve been working towards a degree in creative writing in school, not really because I planned it that way, but just because I enjoy it so much and I’ve taken so many of the classes. It seems like the most sensible thing to do, since I am already well on my way, but can I do anything useful with this degree after college?"

asked by Lenore from Concord, NH

Creative writing is not the most useful degree in the world; I won’t sugarcoat it for you. That doesn’t make it useless, though. It all depends on what you decide to do with it. Actually making a living doing genuine creative writing as you are probably imagining it (fiction, poetry, etc.) is extremely hard. There is a lot of luck (and connections) involved in making it as a novel writer, screenwriter, songwriter, poet, or so on.

There are a number of other jobs which utilize creativity in writing that may be more accessible (and lucrative) to you after school.

Journalist, article writer, or press-release writer

Jobs for writers are available with newspapers, magazines, and online publications. Many writers also freelance, working directly for themselves. While you will usually be writing about nonfiction topics, your creative skills can make your writing more enjoyable, and increase your viability.

Teacher

Many creative writing students go on to share their love for creative writing with other students after them. Creative writing teachers work at all levels in education. You could teach this class as a high-school elective, or you could take on a role as a college professor teaching creative writing.

Advertiser

Advertising is a role where a great deal of creativity is called for. There are a lot more jobs in marketing and a lot more money to be made than there are in most other fields which creative writers can get into. This is a great position to consider if you want to lend your creative skills to practical applications. Companies always need to get the word out about their products and generate excitement, and that can only happen with great writers.

Make sure that while you are working on your degree, you are also building a portfolio of writing. Save your best articles, poems, and creative pieces, and make sure to take some practical classes (in journalism or sales for example) so that you can add these pieces to your portfolio. If you do not have assignments which cover a broad number of creative writing applications, challenge yourself in your spare time to create some of these articles.

By doing so, you can prove to others that you have what it takes to do an assignment. Your writing samples are as important as your degree when it comes time to search for a job after college!

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  1. Krystol Diggs says:

    I’m glad that there are some options in having an MFA degree. I was one of those students who like everyone else, wanted to write full time. It’s easier said than done. Now, that I see in this article there are some options that I can do, I will try that. Teaching can be a lot of fun, too!

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