Most humanities majors involve lots of writing and give you strong skills. Given that most of the other bloggers are involved in campus publications, I think the writing-beyond-CRWR is clarified elsewhere.re: major itself I've followed the debate for a bit.
And she says, she leans over and whispers in your ear, that she'll be your girlfriend. So, after I got rejected; the next semester, I applied for different courses. My personal blog entries from that semester are variations on: Playwriting was an exercise in failure for me. That is: robots, noir, relationships, friendships, abuse, and the creation of the perfect woman. That said, I learned an incredible lesson from the class on the value and content of scenes. Taking my attention away from my novella class last year was really hard. The relationships in the novella changed as I made different choices... I'm not very happy with the finished project, but I learned so, SO much. First of all, of the famous alums you listed, not all were involved with the relatively new Creative Writing department.
The more work you put in, the more help you receive. If you can't pass Organic Chem, or Analytical Chem, you shouldn't be a chemistry major. Ask a prof if they can explain what they were looking for and keep that in mind when you (In case you missed it: APPLY NEXT TIME.) Second, it's a lesson on the reality of writing. You walk her home, talking about why she might like you. Also, as the daughter of teachers, I have long thought Creative Writing departments should not be separate from English departments. Professors of creative writing certainly had to work hard to get where they are and they have a lot to teach, but they are also a product of a style, of a lens, of a school, and when that background doesn't mesh with yours, it is nobody's fault. When people pretend that background isn't there, that there is some nebulous omniscient definition of good writing, that they really can say who absolutely deserves to be in 201 or whichever workshop you go onto from there, it is extremely frustrating and fake.
If you're experienced, commentary isn't as effective as it could be. (I guess there are some writers who can sit down and, out of nowhere, crank out the Great American Novel, but that doesn't seem to be the trend.) Classes attract students who have a lot of passion and verve for the subject. Other majors do similar things with different approaches. I wanted to link to it but for some reason am not able to submit this comment when I include the address. I wish you'd majored in every major so you could speak at such length about them all! Posted by: Kate on October 14, 2009 PM I have to say that my primary frustration with nearly all creative writing workshops, including those at Oberlin, is the shuffling-under-the-table that goes on about bias.
If you're very new, you also won't get that much out of it. you're going to be doing a lot of writing anyway. There was a great NYT article about the ambivalence of CW programs called "Show and Tell" that appeared last summer.
An quartet with a Conservatory-trained violist and a beginner cellist isn't a group you want to listen to. Similarly, a workshop at all different levels doesn't really work. You describe your range, your fluidity, your responsiveness to criticism! Wrung-out, you shuffle home to your lonely, ambitious bed and weep into your pillow. All of these things make me question the use and legitimacy--not just of Oberlin's Creative Writing department-- but of Creative Writing programs in general.
I totally agree, about the combination of music and words.
I love my favorite bands often because of their lyrics Posted by: Anonymous on November 8, 2009 PM Re: Hope There is no use or legitimacy in shutting people out of the program at all.
I was able to take an upper-level course my senior year having only taken the intro class my freshman year.
I love having written.” Dorothy Parker The writer's life has traditionally been shrouded in myth, and the truth of the hard work involved has been discreetly veiled by the publishing industry and by authors themselves.