Inspired by the recent conversation about Kerouac’s military records, LitKicks member Andeh writes:
“Does one need any training or formal education to become a true writer, or legitimate? When I think of some of my favorite authors, I think of people who never graduated high school, but also people who have MFAs in Creative Writing.
I don’t think one needs to have training. If you’re a good writer, you are good. And with time one can improve in writing, but I wonder if others think one can only improve at writing by getting degrees in English, or racking up credits or higher degrees.
I’m sure this is an argument out there, somewhere. I know that a lot of literary magazines seem to think that people with degrees and sometimes from prominent programs or workshops?) are preferred. I don’t see many people with not much experience being embraced in those situations. Is that a coincidence?
I don’t know, when I read a good writer, I don’t want to judge them by their writing or academic background. It’s what’s in their words. Do they move me? That’s what really matters, I think. What do others think, now?”