The place that you choose to study Creative Writing will have a impact on you. Some places are much more involved in the local — and wider — literary community, and those places are where you want to go because it will help you long-term as well as short-term.
Like with everything we study, how something is taught to us can and will affect our opinion and approach.
If you don’t enjoy group work, workshops can be difficult.
Likewise, it might be the way that the workshop is led that you’re uncomfortable with.
They’re intimidating environments, particularly if some or all of the people you’re workshopping with have more experience in writing than you do.
Writing is seen as a solitary craft, and the initial process is, but if you wish to improve, it is necessary to workshop, and workshop as much as you possibly can.
If you’re worried about this happening to you, think about how you approach writing. Speak to anyone that’s studied or is studying Creative Writing, and most — if not all — will go off on a five minute rant about how annoying commentaries are.
Commentaries go hand-in-hand with studying Creative Writing, and often amount to 50% — possibly even more — of a grade.
Studying Creative Writing isn’t as simple as writing a story and getting a grade for it.
Pieces are marked on their originality, their use and control of language, and your ability to explain your writing process.