To Hard Work and Encouragement

I attended the NLU Writer’s Week workshop series of four sessions last week. I received very valuable feedback, as did all the other participants, on the work samples we submitted in relation to the workshop leader’s expertise or topic. I sadly had to miss the afternoon session on Saturday, as I opted to spend some quality time with my significant-other unit at the Taste of Chicago. And it was a splendid day for it, the sun sparkled intensely upon Millennium Park and Grant Park, with a summer fervor we’d been craving in the area since Spring began. We had a great time.

The best part of all, however, turned up Tuesday evening, when the workshop leader for the Saturday afternoon sent me an email letting me know that everyone at the workshop, and he included, enjoyed the submission I had provided. He also provided detailed suggestions for its improvement. Which I will work on and save the file for future reference.

Since the submission was a post in my personal blog, back in February, I’ve opted to save his commentary/feedback as a comment to that post.

I’m just really happy that I received all around positive feedback on my work during the workshop, because the session leaders are esteemed and successful writers on their own, and their appreciation and encouragement comes at a really good time for me, as I’m just starting to figure out some long-term paths that I may be interested in.

Last night was my first Women in Literature class for the term, which I’m very much looking forward to. Never mind the one hour commute to and fro ;o)

I was a little set back by the type of interaction the women (and one guy!) in the class engaged in. Why is it people’s behavior sometimes make me feel like a martian in their midst? I notice a difference between downtown/near downtown individuals’ attitudes from individuals in the suburbs. The downtown individuals particular to my class, last night, were a little self righteous and bitter. I hope that this amalgamous attitude doesn’t rub off, I fear it may alter my creativity in a negative way. The professor, who is also my advisor and the program chair, is awonderful person who has a lot to share about the excellent writers we’re studying during this course. I’m especially fond of one of the writers’ (Sylvia Plath) personal life which I discovered through a quiz in Facebook (!) and look forward to expanding my knowledge of her life, times, and works.

Here’s to good reading!

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One response to “To Hard Work and Encouragement

  1. Quite late, but better late than never…the class actually turned out to be one of my favorites, both for the classmate interaction/feedback portion and for the quality and quantity of excellent works we read and discussed. The first night’s “bitterness” was soon replaced with guarded camaraderie, which set my fears to the four winds.

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