Dear future minor in writing cohort,
You have decided to follow your passion for writing, and for that I congratulate you! Here is what you need to know about this program. You are going to look at the first writing assignment, (if it is still the Why I Write Project), and think, “how are there no guidelines?” “What do you mean no specific page limit or requirement?” You will wonder as you are trying not to bite your nails as the anxiety creeps its way into your head. You will be daunted, but, from a survivor of this nail biting experience, I can tell you that there is no reason to be. Instead, you should be excited.
For this project, and essentially for all of the projects in this class, you are the primary dictator of what your “assignment” will be. It’s a new concept, I know, but it is one with endless possibilities. Take the opportunity to dig deep within yourself and ask yourself the hard questions: What does writing mean to me? What piece of writing was I most intrigued by? What medium have I always wanted to explore but haven’t yet gotten the chance? Don’t be afraid to dive in unsure of where your piece will go. Try something new, and if you hate it, try something else new. This is the class where you get to try. So take advantage of the opportunity to learn something new about yourself as a writer, while simultaneously being inspired by all of the other passionate writers you are surrounded by. Use them as a resource, take their comments to heart because the fact that they are in this cohort means that they care.
Another element of this class you should take advantage of is the revision process. I thought it was strange at first to go through a draft that I had just written and make comments in the margin, but as weird as this may feel at first, the process allowed me to isolate sentences and sections that I was genuinely proud of, unsure of, and that I knew would ultimately be revised. Take the peer review workshops as a time to appreciate other styles of writing. In many instances I found myself wanting to incorporate some elements of my peer’s writing into my own.
In one sentence: absorb everything you can from this class, dive into new writing expeditions even if the destination is unknown, and you will do wonderfully.