Last week, in my recap of life since I took a break from blogging, I mentioned that I'm currently pursuing my Master's Degree in Professional Creative Writing. I'm in my third class and have gained so much since starting the program.
When I learned that the Walt Disney Company was going to start covering the cost of tuition for Cast Members who wanted to go to college, I immediately jumped at the chance to join the program. You might be surprised to learn that I actually applied to a different program at first though... Organizational Leadership.
Creative Writing wasn't an option when the program first started, possibly because the number of schools participating were limited. Still, Organizational Leadership sounded like it could benefit my career at Disney, and I did truly want my Master's Degree, so I went for it. Unfortunately, after a few classes I discovered that the program just wasn't what I thought it would be and I heard that more schools were added as options to our program through Disney around that same time. I discovered the Professional Creative Writing program and was immediately hooked.
As I said, I'm currently in my third class through the University of Denver. Although it'll probably take me longer to complete the program, I decided to do just one class at a time online in order to be able to balance the rest of my life with school. While I'd love to be able to take two or three classes at once, I would rather focus on absorbing all of the information from a single class instead of potentially missing out on something because I'm spreading myself too thin. There are so many great resources that are providing me with information that will help my writing, help with finding an agent, and help with eventually getting books published traditionally.
One topic that was covered in my class this week was the benefit of writing communities, circles of people who can critique each other's work and help each other improve. I've always loved the idea of that, but I've never joined such a group because I'm always afraid that my work will be stolen somehow. Obviously I'm not afraid to have others read my writing... hello blog! Haha but I'm so nervous about someone taking my story ideas and being able to turn out a book before I can.
Have you ever wanted to share something that you've done but were afraid that someone would steal your ideas? Tell me about it in the comments below!
Thanks for reading!