So, the short answer is no, you don’t need to take a writing class in order to write.
) The fact is that lots of people learn how to write without taking writing classes.
It’s easier to break a promise to yourself than it is to other people, including the others in your class and a workshop facilitator.
Because writing is something we do alone, in our own time, it can be difficult to commit ourselves to it unless we are answerable to someone else.
They should be able to offer advice and guidance beyond what works for them in their own practice as writers. It might be about learning a few different ways to approach your work, to outline, to write a first draft – but you should be learning things you can use in your work.
Exploration Many people take a writing class because they want to try something new – whether that’s just ‘trying to write something creative’ or writing in a different genre or form.
Respect You should be in an environment that respects whatever you’re working on – whether that’s an aspiring Literary Masterpiece or Fun Beach Read or anything in between!
If you’re in a class that suggests you shouldn’t be ‘wasting your time’ on a particular genre – get out of there!
Appropriate Guidance A writing teacher should write.
They may or may not have studied English or Creative Writing, but they should write.