I apologise if this has been discussed previously but here goes anyway....
I've been writing to a greater or lesser extent since my teenage years, but more seriously for the last four of five. I'm currently working on my second novel and I think it's going well. I have always had mixed feelings about the concept of writing classes, I suppose many of the the writers I've most admired have been untutored, if you know what I mean.
I can see the benefits of discussing work with experienced / published tutors and other aspiring writers but I can also see how it might actually be unhelpful. SK in On Writing, which I think is a terrific book, is pretty unequivocal about writing classes and he also has a 'fictionalised' dig early on in IT (which I'm reading for the first time at the moment). Anyway, a while back I applied for a place on a three year literature/creative writing degree at an English university. Both the course and the university are very well respected. The other day I heard that I got a place, now the doubts are returning. The course, if I do it, will undoubtedly be very stimulating in lots of ways but it will also cost me a small fortune and for those three years I'll be writing set projects rather than my own.
I'm in a real quandary. I'll admit that I hold a certain romanticised view of the lone writer working away unaided (and perhaps uninhibited) by the opinions of others but then again there are many excellent writers who profess to having benefitted greatly from similar courses and institutions. I enjoyed SK's comments on writing classes but of course he would hold those views because he didn't take that particular path and it worked out pretty darn well for him!
I would really welcome anyone's thoughts on this, I have to accept or reject the offer within a few days. THANK YOU if you managed to read this far.