How can you become an author and what does it take to be one?
In this round of research, I said I’d look into some successful writers and what their stories were to get themselves started. However, I realized that this is kind of brief and unspecified. I decided to look at the comments and would then look more into the schooling based parts of becoming a writer, since the other post was also a bit lacking with descriptions. Moving on, since the main focus is creative writing, I’ll be looking more directly towards that specific category.
A degree was what was prompted, therefore; I’ll be checking what the reccomended ones offer. A master’s degree is optional, though I’d also like to see what those can benefit as well.
Non Masters Degrees/Certificates:
Certificate Writing: Getting a certificate in writing is more short-term based than long term. It offers basic skills in different areas, though it is more of a shallow approach. With a certificate, you’ll be taught different styles of writing, some skills that should be grasped, along with how to reach out to mixed audiences.
Bachelor’s Degree: A bachelor’s degree is a 4 year path, which gives both general work and what you’ve narrowed your choices down to. You can the common routes of English Literature, Creative Writing, and English Composition. Although, based on preferences, Creative Writing and English Literature would be the preferred choices, since English Composition is based at a different style of writing. English Literature treads into both the study of literature, along with exposure to fiction, informational writing, etc. Creative Writing is self explanatory, but it does cover several different styles: fiction, non-fiction, scriptwrtiting, etc. These are meant to set you up towards becoming a published author. (1) https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/author/how-to-become/
Master of Arts (Creative Writing): In this masters degree, it is similar to the Bachelor’s Degree in some ways. It will focus on your path choice, while also giving you that of: literary theory and skills that aren’t as directly aimed at your aspired choice. With this degree, you can go on to become an author or even forms of a journalist.
Master of Fine Arts (Creative Writing): Master of Fine Arts goes through another similar process as Master of Arts. However, there is a narrowed focus on your creative writing skills. It also seems to go into more emphasis with theory. (1) https://www.careerexplorer.com/careers/author/how-to-become/
There is also the option of going for a doctorate degree, though that seems to be more advanced. If you wanted to become an educator, this would be the degree to get.
The education needed for this is great and all, but where in the world are you supposed to go to get them? That’s when I realized that I should look into the schools that offer these programs. What schools nearby offer these? Well I found that SFU has a writer’s studio which is specified for creative writing, though there is others to pursue. If one is to complete this course, they will be granted with a Creative Writing Certificate. This requires a total of 141 hours. (2) https://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/the-writers-studio-creative-writing-certificate/why-this-program.html (3) https://www.sfu.ca/continuing-studies/programs/the-writers-studio-creative-writing-certificate/program-elements.html
Another university which is fairly well known is Emily Carr. They also have a writing center, along with obviously being an art school. There are several options with art here, and ways to get a Masters Degree in Fine Arts. (4) http://blogs.eciad.ca/wc/ (5) https://www.ecuad.ca/academics/graduate-degrees/about-graduate-studies
The third school I found was UBC, which also well known. It can get you a degree in Master of Fine Arts as well. There is less focus on the English literature, and more towards the fine arts portion of it. There is 12 different genres available here. (6) https://creativewriting.ubc.ca/graduate/ (7) https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/graduate-degree-programs/master-of-fine-arts-creative-writing