I've thought about a lot since last time I posted in here and have accepted my love and passion for creative writing. I don't think I mentioned this in the last post but ever since I discovered this, I've tried to figure out what to do about it. I've found one school In Seattle called antioch university which has an ma program in environment and community and a creative project focus instead of a thesis with experimental, hands on focus.
So that was awesome but then I discovered chatham in Pittsburgh, which has an mfa in environmental writing. You can also concentrate in travel writing and it has a social justice component where they teach creative writing to prisoners.
I'm honestly so excited about this program I could cry. It's everything I truly want. A little bit of background about me and why this is so awesome: I've been writing since before i could actually read. I've published three young adult travel novels with a small company and done fairly well. I feel the urge to write all the time and love non fiction writing, nature writing, and young adult fiction (all of which you can focus on there). I care about alerting people to climate change and social justice issues and always thought I'd be best at this through writing stories. My heroes all are people in this field.
Now here is the risk of me sounding incredibly spoiled but money is NOT an issue with me so going here or anywhere is never going to be a waste of money.
I've been feeling good about it but my friend just laughed in my face and exclaimed what a waste of money that would be when I hesitantly told her. She said the job market was just too shitty.
I guess it could be a waste but honestly, I've been visiting those universities like you all said and I just haven't felt like any except antioch were what I wanted. Chatham takes it a step further.
This is honestly my dream, but I don't want to be stuck writing articles for an airplane magazine. Many of these alumni are pioneers in art social justice programs, published writers, and teachers.
At the same time, I don't care what anyone says. At the other time, my boyfriend and one of my best friends assured me it wasn't a career killer and go for it if you truly want it
I don't know if my mind won't change In 20 days or if I'll even get in, but I was wondering what you all think?
Should i listen to my "practical" friend or should I follow my dream? Or would it be best just to pursue something practical and write on the side? Hint: I know what I WANT to do but maybe I'm living in the clouds.