I'm aware that there's a slightly similar thread already up, but I wanted to be more specific. I recently applied for a creative writing and screenwriting joint degree at my local university, and I've been given a conditional offer. Great. But I'm not certain that I do really want to go to university. On the plus side, I'd learn a completely new skill - screenwriting. I'd also (you would hope) improve in my novel-writing skills, get lots of feedback, and build up a CV that would make me look slightly more interesting to agents/publishers. The thing is, all I currently aspire to be is a writer. I know it's not going to pay well, but I can't bear the thought of any other job dominating my life. So, a degree isn't really necessary for me. In addition, some people think I could achieve most of these things without university, simply by practising, joining a writer's group, and entering competitions to try and build my CV by myself. Is there anything a creative writing degree can give you that I couldn't find through a different path? Really good contacts? Super-human skills?