It just wasn’t something that personally interested me.
If you want to write professionally, you need to learn the backbone skills of good writing, but you also need to hear a variety of opinions.
Taking a creative writing class can be hugely helpful; I’ve taken a good number of them and I’ve never regretted it. From reading a great deal of classical literature, I didn’t have a lot of patience for lengthy descriptions of scenes and settings.
Unfortunately…by the time you can easily afford those things, you’re probably going to be too darn tired from work to really go with the kind of frequency you need to make a lot of friends. I can’t say I’ve ever been in a creative writing classroom that was quite this bright and vibrant, but students generally will arrange their desks into a circle come critique day. I do always encourage students to see if they can find reviews of the professor they’re thinking about taking, since whether it’s an undergraduate or a graduate creative writing class, it’s still going to be an investment.
If you’re debating between a few different professors, do a little research on each faculty member and see whose experience and writing relates more to what you also want to do.
It sounds harsh, but if you’re out there and functioning on a professional level, it’s an expectation that you’ll be able to take harsh critique without batting an eye.
I do love connecting with other writers on social media and it’s a great tool for networking, but trust me, if you want more creative writer friends, college is the best time to get them.I have seen it happen with faculty from other departments, but this is another reason why checking professor ratings is always a good idea.You can often get a good feeling for a professor’s personality and make sure you get someone who will nurture your eagerness to learn. If your thing is fiction writing, you might not write a lot of poetry.Sure, you can also ask Google questions, but you often must comb through the results to make sure the answer you’re getting is truthful and factual.Independent research is all well and good, I always recommend doing it, but getting some of your questions answered by an experienced person is valuable..pass_color_to_child_links a.u-inline.u-margin-left--xs.u-margin-right--sm.u-padding-left--xs.u-padding-right--xs.u-absolute.u-absolute--center.u-width--100.u-flex-align-self--center.u-flex-justify--between.u-serif-font-main--regular.js-wf-loaded .u-serif-font-main--regular.amp-page .u-serif-font-main--regular.u-border-radius--ellipse.u-hover-bg--black-transparent.web_page .u-hover-bg--black-transparent:hover. Content Header .feed_item_answer_user.js-wf-loaded . I know we’re talking about creative writing, but there’s a very good chance you’re going to have to do some writing or editing of the non-creative variety in the future.There are ways to survive professional writing and editing, but a lot of it comes down to being experienced with having your work ripped apart.If you have more in common and it sounds like they teach in a learning style that’ll be palatable to you, they’ll make an even better mentor.Nevertheless, getting to know your creative writing professor a little bit through conversations before and after class can be a great way to forge a connection with another writer who most likely has some sizable publishing experience.