As a full-time student, my life is hectic. Between classes, assignments, and extracurricular activities, it can be hard to find time to yourself. However, one of the things I look forward to every semester is my creative writing class. Not only does it give me a break from my studies, but it also helps me grow as a writer.
While most of my classmates were worrying about getting their assignments done, I was busy writing fresh new chapters for Gatsby, my creative non-fiction novel. When the semester ended, I had a large number of pages to show for my efforts. What I learned from this class was valuable, and it was all thanks to the brilliant minds behind the SMART Scholar program.
How Do I Fit In With The Writers Of New York?
When I began the program, I wasn’t sure how I would fit in with the established writers of New York City. After all, I was a straight-A student from South Carolina, and I didn’t come from a family of writers. Fortunately, I was proven wrong. From the very beginning of the semester, my professor, Elizabeth Winch, has shown support by inviting me to participate in various events. Some of these events were author appearances, where she would introduce me as a rising star in the field. She also invited me to lunch with some of the other students in the program, including Nicole Krauss, Lael Morgan, and Molly McBride. Through these interactions, I began to feel more and more at home in the writing community of New York City.
How Can Creative Writing Classes Help Me As A Student?
While my creative writing courses may have helped me as a writer, they also helped me in other ways. One of the assignments for my fiction class was to write an introduction for a fictional character. By writing the character’s introduction, I learned a lot about how to write an effective introduction and used that knowledge in other areas of my creative writing work. For example, my non-fiction paper introduced me to a world of guest bloggers. I had never really thought about doing an academic paper, so this gave me an idea. Later, I wrote an academic paper as part of my senior year and used the skills I learned in my creative writing courses to become more effective at writing.
Why Should You Believe Me (And Not My Professors)?
Because I have a proven track record. When I was in high school, I won the prestigious Green Eyeshade Award for excellence in journalism. Because of this, I was given the opportunity to attend the prestigious St. John’s University in New York City. While at St. John’s, I continued to write for my high school newspaper and served as managing editor for my college newspaper. After graduating college with a B.A. in journalism, I spent a year working for The New York Times. During my time there, I was awarded a merit scholarship to attend the NYU Creative Writing program. As you can see, I’ve been given the opportunity to pursue my dreams, and I never would have gotten here without the help and support of those who believed in me. As far as my professors are concerned, I think they know that I’m a straight-A student who loves to write, and they’ve helped me to find my way.
Now that my writing career is taking off, I want to continue to learn and grow as a writer. To that end, I’ve decided to complete the SMART Scholar program, which will help me to gain more practical experience and build a stronger foundation in my craft. With additional courses under my belt, who knows? Maybe one day I’ll even be teaching a creative writing class of my own.