Writing as Transformation

Usually when I ask students, “If you had a choice, would you be taking this class?” they overwhelmingly say “No.”

(Don’t worry, it doesn’t hurt my feelings.)

It makes me wonder why so many people pay to take classes at the YMCA, or the art museum, or with some sports organization, freely giving up their personal time, paying money, and submitting to someone else’s schedules and rules.

The answer is, I think, it’s fun. (Duh!)

But why isn’t school fun? Why isn’t a writing class fun? Is it impossible? Will school always be boring? Think back to a time when you’ve really enjoyed a class…it can be school-related or otherwise. Many people go to Bible Study, or yoga, or book clubs on their own time. They CHOOSE to go, receive no credits, and possibly even pay money to be there. Why?

It’s more than just fun. People want to grow and change. They want to become better people. They want to get better at something. That is also fun. In fact, the most fun you’ll ever have in life is when you’re performing at a high level in some activity you enjoy. This is sometimes referred to as a “Flow State” or “being in the Zone.”  The Zone is more than just fun…it’s transformation. You become bigger, better, different.

We want fun and we want transformation and we want it now! Anything less is boring and not worth our time.

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