Is A Masters' Degree In Professional Writing Worth It?
March 25, 2014 7:20 AM Subscribe
I've wanted to try to shift from being "secretary who writes" to "writer" for a while now, and just not really had a good plan how - nor any background in the technical writing that really would be where most of the money comes in. Would a full-on masters' degree program teach me that, but have any other benefits (i.e., networking, connections, etc. to jumpstart the career) or am I just fine with the occasional Gotham Writers' mart course and a lot of word-of-mouth?
posted by EmpressCallipygos to Work & Money (20 answers total) 29 users marked this as a favorite
The blue-sky hope would be the ability to get to a point where my "day job" is nothing but writing - medical writing, technical writing, what have you - where I don't have to necessarily sit in an office all day. Maybe what I'm writing is boring as shit, but I'm writing. And I can work from home often.
But I haven't had any experience in the specialized kinds of writing like grant writing, technical writing, etc.; so I already know I'd need to have some courses in the specifics. Writing I can do, but the particulars of those kinds of writing I'd need to learn. I'm also crap at selling myself and finding such jobs.
I'm wondering whether a full-on degree program would give me not only the courses in how to write for these specific markets, but would ALSO help give me the "so here is where you find this work" boost, and the exposure to internships/markets/etc. where I could make connections and get a start out of the gate. Or, whether it'd just be a heftier price tag for something I could just get with the occasional course at Gotham Writers' Mart or something.