Is Taking a Writing Class Really Worth Your Time?

Over the last couple of months, I have contemplated whether to take a writing course.  In fact, one of the online webinars I attended in February recommended that anyone serious about their writing should take courses and even seek an MFA (Masters in Fine Arts).  Hearing this gave me pause.  I’ve already obtained a bachelors and a masters in other fields, and like most people, I’m still striving to pay them off.

After reading this post, the points made were quite valid.  So, for me, I don’t think I’ll go for the MFA, but I will take a class or two if it’s something that sparks my interest or can help me improve on a weakness.

Meg Dowell Writes


Writers learn to refine their skills in a lot of different ways, and the most successful writers take the time to try a healthy variety of options before deciding which ones work the best for their personality and style. Taking classes in writing, whether as a high school or college student or on your own time somewhere else, is one method some writers find refreshing and helpful.

Some writers. Not all.

Those who teach writing have probably started an ongoing list of pros, and it’s true there are benefits to learning how to write while sitting beside a diverse group of writers at all experience levels. There are downsides, however, that might make you reconsider signing up for an optional writing course in the near future.

Consider these factors when deciding whether or not to sign up for a writing course near you. 

Individual Critiques Are Minimal

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