I have been at uni for a week now and can I just say how glad I am I decided to go part time? Two classes a week is more than enough given the amount of work required for both. We have readings each week for both classes, an essay for each unit, creative exercises of 600 words for one of the units every week and a short story for each of the units. It feels like way more work than what I did for my Masters in psychology!
I am feeling a bit like a fish out of water.
Don’t get me wrong — I am enjoying it. But I’m also feeling a little lost. For both the units, we do a lot of workshopping. Creative writers out there probably know what I am talking about — each person reads out a creative piece and everyone offers comments on what is good and what can be improved. I haven’t yet had to workshop any of my pieces but I notice that I find it a bit hard to critique others’ pieces too. When I hear pieces that don’t really speak to me, I just put it down to my preference of writing rather than something the author has done.
The other downside I’m finding is that I am not as widely read especially when it comes to classics. So when people talk about how someone’s writing reflects some other classic, I’m completely and utterly lost. I find myself wondering whether I am capable of being in the class. Whether I even should be in the class.
And then, I remind myself why I am doing it all.
It’s going to take me a lot of courage to workshop my own material. But there’s no avoiding it. That much I know.
So while I do feel like a fish out of water, I’m just going to have to swim outside it anyway!
When was the last time you felt like this?
Until next time,