You do not need a college degree to be a writer

Some time back I posted an article about some doubt still flickering in the minds of many would-be writers. I asked the question to know whether a writing qualification is essential for anyone willing to become a writer. I suggested that although you may have a good academic qualification you’d need to master some basic writing skills.

I just came across a similar query on the discussion board of Writers and Editors, which I thought might be of interest to whoever is still hesitant to embrace the writing world. A student submitted the following question: “Do I need a college degree to be a writer?” And the given answer, which is somewhat blunt, seems to converge on the thoughts expressed in my post: “No, you do not need a college degree to be a writer, although you might need one to get some of the jobs that sustain writers who can’t make a living selling their material freelance.” You may read the rest here.

Writers and Editors” is packed with resources for writers. There are a number of other interesting questions and answers. Some are listed below if you’d like to take a peek:

– How to approach an editor an agent has recommended
– How can I get started writing the story of my life?
– Stop typing two spaces after the period!
– What’s the difference between a query and a proposal?
– How can I avoid being sued for libel?

Whether you have a degree or not, if you enjoy writing go ahead.

A retired government officer, former trade unionist and occupational safety & health management consultant based in Rodrigues Islands, Alfa King (real name: Amanoola Khayrattee) is a bilingual contributor to This Week News ( He has been editor of trade union newsletter and has contributed articles for various in-house magazines, publications, and the local press. He blogs since 2007, and when he is not reading or surfing on the internet, he is hiking over an 8-km-daily routine.
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  1. Jesse Hines December 15, 2007
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