1. Rebel Yellow

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    I'm afraid to enroll in creative writing at my local university...

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Rebel Yellow, Apr 27, 2016.

    Hey guys! I've been away from theses forums for a long time because of the time constraints of being a new parent, but now I'm back in the saddle and decided it was about time I came back to this place.

    I've been entertaining the idea of actually studying creative writing. There seems to be a lot more pros than cons if I wanna be serious about this. There's actually a couple of things that scare me though : first of all, I'm going to be a francophone going to an English university. I think I'm fairly competent in English and the novels I read are exclusively in writen in that language, however, when I was about to fill that form I got struck with the impostor syndrome. What if my accent stands out? What if I make obvious mistakes?

    English is a beautiful language and I've dedicated a good portion of my life trying to master it as good as I can, but whenever I power on my computer to write, I find myself defaulting to French in fear of being ridiculed.

    It's easy to assume there are other writers on here with a situation similar to mine, so I was wondering if a couple of you could pitch in on the matter.
     
  2. A man called Valance

    A man called Valance Senior Member

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    Go ahead and do it. Nobody ever learned anything without making a few mistakes along the way.
     
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    Cave Troll Wrting is never clean. :) Contributor

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    I say go for it and enroll in a creative writing course, you might find out some new things. English is a pretty language? Nah, there are many beautiful languages, but English ain't one of 'em. :p
     
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    I don't think anyone will care if you have an accent. Where is the University located? where I live every other person has an accent and its no big deal.
     
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    Go for it. Probably you're better at English than many English speakers. :p I took a similar course at an American college with all (American) English speakers, and trust me, not everyone was good at writing in the English language. But that's the whole point of a creative writing course. You'll get a lot of tips and people will help correct those grammar and semantics mistakes that you didn't notice. You can either be embarrassed by it or seize it as an opportunity for growth. Good luck! :)
     
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    It's located in Montreal. And thanks a ton everyone for the replies, you've given me the courage to go for it.
     
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    Aspire to write great things in any or all languages you know. Don't let what you know and who you are hold you back - you can achieve anything you put your mind to as long as you're fueled by your passion to write. Definitely enroll in the class. Blow them all away.
     
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    This post needs to be framed above my computer desk. :) Thank you so much.
     
  9. Rebel Yellow

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    Try and say that again after listening to some songs in French. :p It gets corny very fast.
     
  10. FaythFuI

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    Best of luck in your writing endeavours. And you are more than welcome - I'm glad to help!
     
  11. Cave Troll

    Cave Troll Wrting is never clean. :) Contributor

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    This is the only song I have heard in French. Everything else I listen to is in either Russian or German, if it is not in English. :p

     
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    To echo what has already been said, go for it! I took a couple of creative courses in college, and it was a good experience. I'm sure you'll learn a lot. :)
     
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    Dude, English is my third language and all I write is in English.
    So, don't feel bad for not being primarily English no one is going to care and if they do odds are they only know one language and think it's the best language (Even though they probably have the reading comprehension of a middle grader)
     
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    Pitching in too: Go for it! Sure at first it is scary and the words may need a while to get adjusted to the new language but that is soonest done soonest mended :)
     
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    I've never heard of this band, but the song is amazing. What kind of German artists are you into? Personally, I enjoy Alligatoah a lot.
     
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    Cave Troll Wrting is never clean. :) Contributor

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    Rammstein, Blutengel, Nactmahr, And One. I am getting more into the Industrial Tech thing. :p

     
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    Don't let concerns over English being your second language hinder you.

    If you've researched and believe the professors and coursework will improve your skills and ability, and impact your chances for success in a positive way, certainly go for it.
     
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    Chiming in with what everyone else has said, one has only to glance at Social Media to see the ways in which native English speakers butcher the tongue. As long as you have a healthy attitude towards learning and improvement you'll go far and certainly within the confines of your course, you'll stand out positively amongst your peers as you'll have a different past, different upbringing, different cultural and psychological conditioning to draw upon when shaping your fiction.

    In the end, Grammar and Spelling can be taught. Life can not. Consider your difference your strength and you will surely flourish.
     
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    I'm French and I study in Ireland at the moment. I took a creative writing class this semester and it was fine. I study English and sociolinguistics as a degree so I wasn't afraid of making mistakes etc. because I already know I make mistakes, and a lot of native speakers I know make even more mistakes than I do, don't have as much vocabulary as me etc. so honestly, who cares if you make mistakes ? I don't know where you live, but here the teachers are super nice, and whenever I had to read aloud for example, I would ask them if I didn't know how to pronounce a word and no one made fun of me. Most people will think it's brave to take university classes in a language that is not your native one, so I'm sure you'll be just fine :).

    Also, what you said about wanting to write in English and switching back to French, well that's funny because for me it's the exact opposite. I started being serious about writing when I was 16, and back then I would write in french, but I felt so constrained by french grammar and writing conventions. For example, you know how in French when we write we would write " je n'en savais pas plus" whereas in real life people would say " j'en savais pas plus" , and other stuff like that, I hated that because it felt so fake, like I was pretending to be an old French noble from the 18th century or something :p. Whereas in English I feel so much more free, I play with language, dialects, etc. Honestly you should consider writing in English :) . Granted , if you're anything like me, editing will take longer because I have a bad habit of writing in English and writing in French a word I don't know and meaning to get back to it later haha, but still, it's been really fun so far :) .
     

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