I'm looking for any insights/opinions on the UCLA Extension Writer's Program Certificate in Creative Writing.
It's not an MFA, but I'm considering enrolling in the program to take a few classes and get my bearings. I graduated with a degree in Journalism in 2007 and have always wanted to pursue an advanced degree in creative writing (narrative non-fiction ideally). I'm just a bit lost at the moment as to what I'm doing with my life, and I'd like to relocate to the LA area because I have some entertainment-industry connections I'd like to pursue.
Do you (or any readers) think that taking classes towards a certificate would be a good idea, or a waste of time? The benefits in my mind would be that I could be living in Los Angeles, have loans to(hopefully) live off of, be meeting people in the biz, and taking writing classes all the time. As I wouldn't have to do the whole GRE and application process I could begin right away, which is also an advantage as I get laid off of my "real world" job in a few months. Any word on the UCLA certificate program and if it has a good reputation?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated! Thanks so much!