Do you love writing but aren’t quite sure if you want to commit to a whole semester of it? Makes sense, you’ll be nonstop scribbling on paper or pounding away at the keys of your laptop for 4 months straight, but any stress you have about that disappears once you get an inspiring idea that leaves you physically unable to stop writing. It’s a great feeling, and Intro to Creative Writing can help you feel that way all the time! Here are 5 creative words that describe this course and ultimately explain why you should take it.

1. Passionate.

To be a writer, you have to be nothing less than passionate, and that is exactly what this class makes you become. It especially helps to have the very passionate Professor Vinita Prabhakar, or VP as she will tell you to call her, as a mentor to guide you through the times where you think you don’t have any passion left in you. Writer’s block will hit you, and it will come at the most inconvenient times. It’s important to dig out some of that passion and not let the block win, otherwise how else will you get past it?


2. Inspiring.

Obviously, the actual writing process is an inspiring one, but what you will often find inspiration from throughout this course is the plethora of short stories you read by famous, and non-famous, authors. By being assigned these readings for each class, you are able to really study the language, tone, and structure that makes a published story one that readers enjoy. You also get more experience with point of view, narration, and descriptive detail just by reading each story, so it really is in your best interest to always do the readings.


3. Dark.

That being said, all of these readings aren’t always going to be rainbows and butterflies. There will be a lot that are dark, some may even say disturbing, but often you will find that the most gruesome stories are the ones with the most emotion and detail. In fact, the best stories are ones that move readers into feeling how that character feels, and though this can be achieved through something happy, writing about something frustrating and sad is also very therapeutic for the writer.


4. Challenging.

Going back to the whole writer’s block thing, it is extremely easy to lose your train of thought if you are distracted for even a split second. This is going to happen a lot during writing exercises in class and at home, and it is going to challenge you to either give up or persevere. There is nothing wrong with taking a little break to get your creative juices flowing, but that doesn’t mean you should put off your writing forever. You’re most likely in this class because you love to write, so accept the challenge and create something worth reading!


5. Constructive.

A little constructive criticism never hurt anybody, right? Well, it shouldn’t. You need feedback in order to get better, that’s just a fact. Yes, it may sting a bit when one of your favorite pieces that you’ve been working on for so long gets ripped apart by your professor, but that’s just a consequence of the creative process. VP will never put any of your work down, by the way, but she will offer you advice to make your writing more cohesive and more prepared for the professional world. It’s up to you whether you take that advice or not, but after a while you will realize that it is probably for the best. She is your professor after all.


A life without creativity just seems plain boring. Entering the world of creative writing offered at your own college is a pretty good way of keep that boredom out of your life, and it is a great way to get all of your feelings and ideas out while getting schoolwork done. It’s a double whammy, so don’t let the writer’s block intimidate you from fulfilling your creative destiny!

Natalia Senanayake

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