So tomorrow I’m going to be starting my new writing class. I’ve never taken one before, and I have to admit, I’m a little nervous. I mean, I’ve taken required writing in school and that sort of thing, but never a creative writing class just for me. I’m not really sure what to expect. I think the part that makes me the most uneasy is the thought of sharing my work, with people I can actually see their expressions, and I can hear their voices. A tiny part of me is dreading that.
I remember in college, we would have weekly essay writing assignments and then every Friday selected student essays would be read out loud by the teacher (as examples of what not to do) and then the rest of the class would get a chance to pick out what was wrong with it. My essays would be selected by the teacher over and over again. It felt like it was every week, but I think I was skipped over a few times. After a while I started calling it the “shooting gallery” part of class. The teacher claimed that this critiquing was important to help students “grow”. All it grew in me was the crushing weight of self doubt.
But the class I’m taking now isn’t required and it isn’t going to be filled with wall to wall grumpy college freshmen, so I’m sure if there is any critiquing, it won’t be that harsh. Right? Heh, heh, heh.
I wonder if it’s too late to get a refund?