Posted 3 months, 1 week ago
Hi. What is the best university to attend if I want to become an author?
Good places to go are Emory University, Hamilton College, John Hopkins, MIT (surprising but true), and NYU. The full list is here:
That is a fun but hard question to answer. The right answer is up to you to decide. It depends on what type of author you would like to be. For example, if you would like to be a historian or a political scientist - careers that require strong understanding and usage of objectivity - then it is recommended that you obtain at the least a master's degree. Many professors are also authors who write non-fiction and/or other genres.
If you are interested in being a fiction writer or simply being more imaginative and creative with your writing, you should look into the universities that interest you, i.e. conversing with the english/creative writing/philosophy departments of those schools.
Goddard College, in Vermont, offers an MFA (Master of Fine Arts) in Creative Writing.
I strongly recommend you consider the following:
Going to school will not make you a writer, much less a good one.
You must write (practice, revise, attempt, re-try, fail, persist, fail, elevate) to be a writer.
Some people who are now immortalized as excellent writers did go to colleges and receive degrees from helpful, intelligent people. However, other people who are also immortalized as excellent writers did not go to colleges, some did not finish high school.
You must choose that which to desire. Pay close attention to your comfort and happiness. Although the lack of the those can lead to the path of becoming a great writer.
Best of luck, and keep writing!