The first time I heard about this class was last Spring semester when I had a few classmates talk about an internship for the Midwest Writers Workshop held here at Ball State every semester. I don’t remember much about what they said, but I remember thinking that it was awesome they were getting this opportunity and I wished I could have joined them. But I would be lying if I didn’t say that I was too scared to try for the internship. The next time I heard about this class was, again briefly, when I took Cathy Day’s Novel Writing Class last semester. When it came time to sign up for classes I saw this class of Cathy’s and I thought, “Why not? I love Cathy and this would really help me with my future career.” So those were two of the main reasons I took this class when I had already taken a Special Topics class here at Ball State. And I feel like this class will help prepare me for a career with my English/Creative Writing degree more than most other classes I have taken here.
I’m going to be honest here and say my mind is frazzled about the readings (and with my other classes) so I can’t say much about them. But I really did like flipping through Austin Kleon’s Steal like an Artist. He gives some great advice about finding your identity as a writer/professional and being yourself. I would urge all writers to read this book if they have time.