Apparently, this has been a week of writing focus for me, considering my blog posts. Today is no exception.
I’ve been wanting to take a creative writing class for a long time. I know how to write, but I feel like I need an extra push. I need that guiding hand. But this being Tallahassee, something like that is not easy to find.
Work will pay for me to get a master’s degree. I considered enrolling for an English master’s with a concentration in creative writing, but that would necessitate taking the GRE and then I only really want to take a class or two, so I’d only really need to go for a single semester and that seems kind of like a waste for all the effort I’d need to put into it.
Apparently, the universe is looking out for me, though. On my way to take the used kitty litter to the garbage yesterday, I ended up stopping to talk to my next-door neighbor, who was outside painting a table. The conversation lasted a couple hours and took several turns, but in the course of it, my writing came up and she suggested the local community college as a resource for what I’m looking for.
On Monday, I looked at the website and couldn’t quite find what I needed. I found a lot of GED courses under the heading of adult education, but seeing as how I’ve had my high school diploma for 15 years now, that wasn’t really something I was interested in. So, I called. Because I real live person is always better than a cold computer screen.
The woman in the office guided me right to the place I needed to be. There are at least three classes I’m interested in. I’ll probably start with one and see from there if I want or need to take more.
The only problem is that they’re all online classes. I’d really prefer to sit in an actual classroom with actual live people and their warm bodies. There’s something special about the energy a group of creative people exerts. But since I can’t seem to find anything like that, I’ll take the next best thing.
The classes run six weeks and a new course starts each month. I haven’t looked into it beyond that, but I’ll probably start either this month or next month (depending on when they start). I should probably get through Thanksgiving first, though.
I’m excited. And in the meantime, I’m going to make a concerted effort to get somewhere I on the book I mentioned in Monday’s post.
This is important. This is my love and my talent. This is what I should be doing with my life. When will I convince myself of that?