Northwestern’s MA/MFA program is offering “Apprentices–7th annual community writing workshops, Sat. and Sun.,Dec. 3 & 4, Evanston campus” (their blog is here). It is free. I just had to email them to reserve a spot…and I could only sign up for five of the 12 or so courses they were offering.
For a while I toyed with the idea of grad school for writing, but since I was in writing groups and was writing on my own (even sporadically), I couldn’t bring myself to contemplate the expense. So, I went to the other extreme and thought conferences might be what I was looking for. Again there was expense, but significantly less than school AND there would be editors and agents there. But I went back and forth on that as well. I’m not anything if not a waffler…I mean a person who considers all sides.
This weekend seems to fit nicely between full grad program and conference.
I’m only attending three: Capturing Character In Creative Nonfiction, Kicking Writer’s Block In The Butt: Writing About An Image and Start Strong, End Stronger: The Importance Of Endings In Short Stories.
And I’m trying to go in as a blank slate. I haven’t worked on Julia in a few days and I think I’ll hold off until after the courses. I don’t want to go in and try to shoehorn Julia into what I’m learning and if my brain is all-Julia-all-the-time, I’m afraid that’s what will happen.
Have any of you gone into a situation like this? Did you find it was better to go in a blank slate, or should I consider bringing my Julia baggage and keeping it front and center?