Check out the new book written by my former student, Michelle Wulfestieg, available on Amazon: All We Have is Today. She came to class with her rough first draft. She set deadlines for herself. She took my advice to write every day. She repeated the class.
I highly recommend her inspiring memoir. www.allwehaveistoday.com
Q&A with Dorothy Spirus and Michelle Wulfestieg
D.Spirus: “How was the Creative Writing class instrumental in the writing of your memoir?”
M.Wulfestieg: “Before I took the class, I didn’t really consider myself a writer; I just knew I had a story to tell. The class showed me that the greatest gift I could give myself was just to finish. The editing would come later.
“There are so many people in this world who have experienced amazing things. They say, ‘I have thought about writing a book’ or ‘I started a book, but….’ There is always an excuse not to finish. But what this class taught me is that I am the author of my own life. I am good enough. I do have a compelling story to tell. My experiences would help other people if I could just find the courage to share. This class gave me that confidence boost, and then taught me the importance of having the discipline to incorporate writing into everyday life so that it would become a part of me.”
DS: “What did you learn about the writing process?”
MW: “I learned just that; that writing is a process. It took me nearly five years to complete my first book. You have to have patience with yourself. You have to be disciplined. You have to find people who are willing to help you. Mentors. Proofreaders. Forget the naysayers. Commit to writing and make it happen, whatever you want ‘it’ to be: a book, an essay, a poem, an article, or even a journal entry.”
DS: “What did you find most useful about the class?”
MW: “The thing that was useful to me was having the structure of a class, but the freedom to write about whatever I wanted. There were no assignments. I could turn in whatever I wanted or nothing at all. This took away the pressure and allowed me to go at my own pace.”
DS: “What are your tips in getting the most out of the Creative Writing class?”
MW: “Like everything in life, you get out what you put in. So I would encourage you to turn in something at the end of every class. Write daily. Read daily. Ask questions. Listen. And don’t be afraid that you’re not good enough, because you are!”