I’ve been looking at job listings lately and found something interesting: an employer more interested in your actual writing samples than in what degree you graduated with. They actually say that in the listing. I’ve heard for quite a some time now, at least the last two or three years, that employers are heading back towards how much experience you may have being worth more than any post-graduate education. The pretty diploma just doesn’t mean as much as it used to.
Here’s my question for you: do you think the Bachelor’s degree and further, the Master’s in creative writing, is necessary to be a successful writer? Or is real world experience more useful to you as a writer and to a future employer/publisher?