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Exploring Creative Writing Courses

Taft House (Home of the Creative Writing Department)
Taft House (Home of the Creative Writing Department)

Of all my classes, I was most excited for Non-Fiction Workshop. I have always loved to write, but never set aside significant time to do it. By taking this class, I hoped that I would learn technical skills and be inspired to write more. I went into the first day of class with no idea of what to expect. I knew that the class met for three hours, once a week, in the Logan Center for the Arts, and that there were twelve students. The first class definitely surprised me! Each student had a fifteen minute Q&A session, during which the professor and other students would ask questions about who they were, what they liked, and ultimately, what they wanted to write about.

The view from my classroom!
The view from my classroom!

Each week, we would read a piece of non-fiction creative writing, and write a response to it, and we would also read and critique our classmates’ works. For my piece, I chose to write about my family and my childhood. My classmates wrote about such diverse and interesting topics; each week I read their stories about artificial intelligence, travel, linguistics, boarding school, and love. Critiquing their writing helped me become a better writer, and their comments on my piece guided me in my writing. I would even swap papers with my friend who was taking Beginner Fiction Workshop, which functions in a similar way to the Non-Fiction Workshop. Each week, the three hours would fly by as we discussed authors, writing, and any tangent that came up while we were critiquing each other’s work. I would always leave class inspired, motivated to write more.

At the end of the quarter, I was a little bit sad to turn in my finished piece and end my Wednesday mornings with my classmates. I had learned so much in this class, both about writing and myself. Looking back, I’m so glad that I decided to branch out and try something new. Now, writing is one of my favorite things to do. I write almost every day, and I’m planning on taking more creative writing classes next year. I’m already signed up for Beginner Poetry Workshop in the fall!

Submitted by Cecile K. on Thursday, July 5, 2018