What are the best classes you can take in college if you are going to be a writer?
PS – if you can find a creative writing class, great! my school didn’t have one. 🙁
American Lit, English Lit, and at least one poetry class.
A Shakespeare, preferably one that focuses on the dramas.
Outside the English department, probably the most useful coursework is in History. You’ll come to understand the nature of conflicts and the kinds of people in power all over the world during all periods. Even if your main interest is contemporary fiction, this will serve you well.
Beyond that, study whatever interests you–and will give you a day job, because the odds of supporting yourself through writing straight out of college are very small.
Once you have decided on what your primary subject of interest in writing is, you should take whatever classes you can that are relevant. I myself am interested in writing but am still planning a major that is totally “unrelated” to the actual process of writing– but I plan on writing about my life and my work in the future, so I don’t necessarily need to enrich my knowledge of murders in North Carolina in the 1930’s, y’know?
Then proceed to logic in construction. Take at least one year of College Debate. This will train you in proper outlining, and presentation of ideas and arguments. Good luck. You will enjoy it.
I would say history classes – they tell stories from the beginning to the end some with great climaxes. You’ve got central characters, plots, side plots, schemes, heroes, villains, and both happy and sad endings.
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