I was originally going to take creative writing years back but unfortunately it was always filled no matter the semester. With the Spring 2022 semester, I gotten the chance to take the course after all this time. As the class and the semester overall draws to a close, there’s so much I’ve learned about myself throughout each single one of the assignments completed within each week. For starters, as someone who’s in a writing major at city tech, the writing aspect wasn’t very difficult. With each assignment we did from start to finish, it made me think critically with each piece of work. With the weekly readings early in the semester we had to write about, I’ve enjoyed each story/poem that was provided for us to share our thoughts and feelings on openlab weekly. With these provided for us, they were the groundwork for the main assignments that we had to do. I believe I did almost all the work as well maybe except for one small critique opinion from one of the readings. As for the people in the class, they all seemed nice and their thoughts and viewpoints from the readings we’ve looked at. As for the cohort assignments, I honestly hated it after a few weeks in. The people in my group didn’t communicate well with us or had no conversations at all which made it very unpleasant when giving my analysis on their work. Some of them didn’t follow the directions on what to do on the documents rubric, eventually they ended up not doing the work at all. The only people that really put effort on a consistent basis on the work and the cohort writings were my brother and me. This instance made me learn a good lesson, do not rely on other people in groups to get work done, it slows down progression and consistency with all parties involved. While I hope there’s change for the cohort stuff in the future, I won’t be there for the experience and change but I hope to learn from this when working in groups when it becomes an important manner in classes or jobs. As for the writings I did, I had no idea that all the topics to write gave me so many ideas to express when the final product was sent to openlab. Feedback from my peers and from you professor helped tremendously. It gave me much clearer thoughts on what to talk about compared to my other writing classes where I had to do multiple research assignments and step by step analysis work. I felt there was a sense of freedom with what I wanted to say that I couldn’t write about for years. I feel like when I spoke my mind on the poems, memoirs, and stories I wrote, it gave me more confidence to continue to write more things pertaining to the format this creative writing class had. Dare I say it was an overall fun experience from top to bottom. Were there moments where I wanted to fix some things? Sure, but at the end of the day, I’m glad I picked this time to take this writing course. To take a step back from my major writing classes for a few months and evaluate my writing from a different lens. It was unique to see my imperfections and strengths displayed from a different perspective. Perhaps this could lead to something more in the future if I put a lot of effort into it, as for now I can reflect on this creative writing class and say I did a very solid job overall.
Professor: Jessica Penner
Class meeting information: This class meets in person at City Tech in Namm 420C. This class meets on Wednesdays from 11:30 AM – 2 PM.
Office Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12 – 1:30 PM. I’ll be available through Zoom and will send an invitation via email that you should keep all semester. Try to join my meeting at the start of the hour, not at the end—since I may be talking to other students or have another appointment after the hour is up. If those times don’t work with your schedule, we can schedule a different time. This means you’ll have to schedule an appointment in advance via email. I suggest you have multiple times in mind, since your schedule may not mesh with mine!
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