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Classes for Writers

Updated on November 28, 2011

This hub was inspired by a question I answered.

When it comes to being a writer, especially if you decide to go to college for writing, you may find yourself asking - "What kind of classes should I take?"

As a writer myself, I take this topic seriously. This was how I answered...

The best kinds of writing classes are every writing and lit classes, and I mean EVERY. Fiction, poetry, advanced fiction, children's writing, flashfiction, surrealism, american lit, etc, etc, etc, etc, etc.

I cannot stress this enough, especially if you're not into anything specific. Being exposed to every genre and type of class will help you determine what you do and do not like. Even the lit classes are helpful - you will gain insight on how other writers write.

As a writer, you cannot skimp on any of these classes if you are serious about what you do. Don't pass up any writing class just because you don't think you'll like it or be good at it. And, as a college student, you'll be able to retake classes. I took advanced fiction twice because I had so much fun with it. But, I also found out that I'm not so good at poetry, and really good at other kinds of writing I didn't think I'd be good at.

Keep an open mind and don't shy away from any opportunity to improve your writing, even if it means learning what you don't like to write! It's all important in becoming the best writer you can be.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      My favorite quote:

      Read-Read-Read

      And then

      Write-Write-Write

      I appreciate your view.

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      mortimerjackson 5 years ago from California

      I am majoring in political science, but I am also an author. I took one creative writing class in college, but I haven't since then because it taught me nothing that I didn't already know. You don't need to take classes to be a writer. You just have to expose yourself to writing, and have a passion for it.

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      Katrina 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Hecne the need to take the classes - it exposes you to other writing styles and even other styles of other people - I feel it's very important to become a good writer.

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      Keneesha M Hodge 5 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

      Thanks @MissKatie. Great view. I'm sure taking classes can expose you to things you may have otherwise not had the chance to access. And I am one of those writers who is unsure of her style, which is why I asked the question in the first place.

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      Christabel Evans 5 years ago from England, UK

      I really think the art of writing should be natural. I knew right from time that i wanted to be a writer, but i did not know how to go about it, not even after registering for a writing course. Just like mortimerjackson wrote that you don't need to take classes to be a writer. Just let the writer in you come out naturally by writing regularly.

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      Katrina 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Writing can always be improved, and when it comes to taking it professionally, the classes will be more important than you realize. Some are naturally good at it, but that doesn’t mean they’re an “expert” – and being exposed to classes, getting the experience, and even reading the work of others’ is very important, whether someone is a “natural” or not. There’s always ways to improve your writing, and when given those oppurtunities, you should embrace them, not push them aside because you think you’re naturally good. There’s always room for improvement and those experiences should never be given up. Not just with writing, but everything in life. I think, in general, for writers, athletes, whatever you are, this is a good thing to go by and keep in mind.

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      mortimerjackson 5 years ago from California

      I get experience all the time. I write short stories and novels with different writing styles, and put them up online for people to read. It's gone really well, and I don't think I would have needed to take a class just to be a competent writer.

      Also, I don't like literary snobs. People who think that no authors should use adverbs because they don't like them. I feel like writers classes tell you how to write, as opposed to letting you experiment.

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      Katrina 5 years ago from New Hampshire

      Maybe you're taking the wrong classes then ;) it's good to be exposed to other things and get real feedback beides a "cool story, bro" from someone behind a computer screen. Sure, you can practice on you're own, but chances are, you'll only write what you like, and won't be "forced" to try something new. Classes give you that oppurtunity which is very valuable, along with first hand feedback and a face to face discussion with peers while being allowed to read their work and give feedback as well. It's a learning and growing experience that can be very valuable to aspiring writers, and should not go unnoticed or even be frowned upon by someone who hasn't even given it a try.

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      Cindy Murdoch 5 years ago from Texas

      sounds like good advice to me. It never hurts to expose yourself to as many things as possible. If if its not comfortable or enjoyable, you learn something from the experience, and that will make you a better writer.

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