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    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by dbesim, Mar 28, 2014.

    Hello there, I'd like to know people's opinion on creative writing classes. Would people take their online interest in writing activities to a class or college? Why do you think that attending writing classes is (or isn') a worthwhile activity?

    Have any writers within the forums ever participated in a writing class. I'd like your views, please, writers!
     
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    I think that a live class is highly valuable. It will be taught by someone who at least has an MFA, and therefore has some credential to show that he or she has some valid knowledge. I also think there's no substitute for a live discussion about a piece of writing. I can't tell you the number of times in my critique group that someone has made a very insightful comment, and noted that they 'just thought of it' while we were discussing the story or based on what someone else had mentioned.

    And of course, it gives you an opportunity to actually write, which is always helpful.
     
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    Ditto all of what @chicagoliz said. :)
     
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    At the very least, classes force you to write and get stuff done. What you get out of it depends on how much effort you put in and also on your classmates. Unfortunately, some people take creative writing classes for the wrong reasons. Fortunately, this doesn't seem to be a problem with some of the high-ranked programs/classes.
     
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    I forgot to add that classes actually stretch your imagination and writing abilities immensely. For example, in my class yesterday, the lecturer told us first to write down 11 things - anything we wanted. Then he told us to write 6 colours, and then 5 emotions or feelings. Once that was done, we were to merge all the lists into one list and put them into alphabetical order. Now here comes the hard part. ;)

    He then asked us to write a speech (through dialogue or whatever) with the theme of regret, and we were to use the entire list in order within the speech! It of course wouldn't be suitable for publication, but that's not always the point of writing a piece. I write almost everyday, but never in a million years would I have done an exercise like that. Classes will push you to your limits, and sometimes even beyond.
     
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    Wow, that really does sound creative! Doing the sort of activity you described about incorporating the list you were given into a speech is a really useful thing to do, and particularly useful if you were mastering technical techniques (as in poetry, for instance), and it would improve your technical styles, particularly if you were made to write something such as a sonnet or villanelle.
     
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    Hi third wind, I wondered what you meant about 'some people take writing classes for the wrong reasons.'. What are the wrong reasons?

    I know sometimes classes can be costly, but some classes can also be affordable. I think the discussion aspect, however, can be invaluable.
     
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    Some students take creative writing classes for the easy grade, so a lot of college students will take it to fulfill some degree requirement and not put too much effort into the class. But if you're taking an online class from the Gotham Writers' Workshop or something like that, then I don't think you should run into that problem.
     
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    Ok, thank you for detailing!
     

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