If you want to learn about the publishing industry, you’re better off reading anecdotes and accounts, or asking someone who’s been there. An expected part of Creative Writing degrees is writing commentaries.
You’ll have to write a commentary to go with each creative piece that you submit.
The earlier on you start networking, the easier it’ll be later on in your career.
Every writer has their strength and as the course goes on, you’ll start to find yours. This is how you find out what works in your work, and what you need to improve on.
You’ll have to justify each and every decision you’ve made, refer back to your work, and quote from textbooks.
The tone that you use should be more formal than your creative work, too. If one of the arguments against you studying it is that the marking is subjective, think again: there’s a strict marking criteria that you must adhere to.(I know I’ve read this on her blog but can’t find it anywhere, if anyone can find the link I’d really appreciate it if you could take a minute to share it with me!)Sometimes too much of a good thing can be bad for you.They probably don’t have enough experience to teach you anything worthwhile about the industry. You won’t be able to finish a degree in Creative Writing without workshopping.In my three years at Derby, we had one lecture on the industry. When I was at Trent, what we learnt trickled in through other lectures and our process of creating the anthology. I can’t think of a module where I didn’t needed to workshop my creations. It will change as you study, but it will grow and improve.This was due to a variety of reasons including EVERY PIECE OF COURSEWORK being due on the same day each year.That attested to 5 or 6 short stories—and the critiques to go along with them—all due at the same time.Do as much research as you can on the course, and look into writers that have graduated and gone on to succeed.If you want to be successful too, you should learn from the best.However, studying Creative Writing can lead to a variety of career paths. You will either fall deeper in love with writing, or you’ll end up hating it.Thankfully, there are also people out there who’ll find it fascinating and want to know more. I’m sorry to say I ended up hating writing for a long time after finishing my BA.