As a writer, I’ve learned over the course of years that there is always more to learn. I’ve been writing pretty much as long as I can remember and writing seriously for ten years (wow, I feel old!), and I’m still amazed at how much others teach me.
If you’re like me and you absolutely love writing, then you might be considering getting a degree in English or Creative Writing, a path that I chose as well. I tried to learn everything I could from books written by accomplished authors (Character and Viewpoint by Orson Scott Card was one of my favorites), but I wanted face-to-face learning from a professor or a mentor figure, and I found just the teaching I needed when I went to college and got my BA in English.
I absolutely recommend pursuing and continuing education in English and Creative Writing. It isn’t for everyone, but going to school to learn more about writing is a fantastic way to gain access to new perspectives and learn what you can from experienced writers who are eager to teach you.
Today, I want to highlight a very special program: The Rainier Writing Workshop!
Based in Tacoma, WA on the Pacific Lutheran University campus, RWW is a low-residency, three-year creative writing masters program. It offers one-on-one mentorships with experienced and intelligent writers who give in-depth advice. Once a year, there’s also a ten-day residency that includes an array of classes designed to help each writer in a specific area of interest.
I didn’t think it was possible to cram so much knowledge into my head in just ten days. But it is indeed possible, and even though so much information made my brain hurt, I left the residency feeling enlightened and empowered to write my stories.
If you’re looking to continue your creative writing education or you just want to keep learning all you can, I highly recommend looking into this program! It’s only my first year, and I’ve grown exponentially as a writer.
So, if you’re interested, check it out! You definitely won’t regret learning more about RWW, and I’m happy to report that the community is a smart and friendly one.