Types of Teachers to Expect In Creative Writing Classes

Updated: Aug 25, 2020

I remember being excited when I was about to attend my first creative writing class in college. I wasn't sure what to expect, but I know I came out a better writer because of it. But there are certain types of teachers that I really think some people should think about before they attend their first day of class.


Teachers alone can make or break a class. Having four teachers when I've only finished three classes is really saying something.

You have the "Quiet and Friendly" teacher who's ready to let the class talk about their thoughts and feelings toward your piece. Those teachers are great because they let the class run itself and take notes on how students can improve their own critiquing.

You then have the "Targeter." This teacher may not mind you personally, but there are certain people that she is not letting slide. This can come in handy when you have unruly students who can't receive criticism well.

Then there's the "Full of It" teacher. This was the nicest way of saying that this type of teacher has their head up their not so great place. These teachers love to hear themselves talk for the full 75 minutes and don't really care to ask your thoughts on creative writing. On top of that, if you think that they read your work, they do not. In fact they'll skim over very simplified pieces of information but proceed to show that they didn't really care. You then have to depend on the classmates to give you helpful feedback which if your lucky, will lift your spirits that your writing actually was clear. This type of teacher may be the reason you end up retaking the class.

Last but not least, you have "Assertive but Helpful". This teacher has the criticism that you may not want to hear, but your writing is a lot better when taking that advice. Along with this, they run the class like "Quiet and Friendly" and will let the students have more of a say in what can be fixed in the stories written.

Of course these are just a few of many types of teachers, but these are the ones I experienced. Creative writing teachers can bring out the best and worse in your work and it helps to know what you're getting into.

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