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Tucson from Belgium is reading Late Essays - J.M. Coetzee May 4, 2015 - 6:18am

I've been enrolled in a creative writing course for two years now. The first year was horrendous, but I changed to another the next year and learned a lot. But now we've come to a point where I rarely get any comments anymore, apart from that it's good. But I still believe I can improve, yet I need constructive critisism to grow.

Should I confront the teacher or just change to another, bigger city where possibly the teachers are at a different (higher?) level? It'll be my last year, so quite important, I think. Or is it just guidance, and less progress that I should aim for?

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Jose F. Diaz from Boston is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel May 5, 2015 - 5:35pm

Conflict resolution 101. You start by determining what you want, how you want that thing to happen, then you bring this grievance to the professor and try to find a medium.

The professor will do one of three things: S/he will say s/he regrets that you aren't getting what you want and they will try to find some common ground within limits. If this is the case, you must set a deadline or else s/he could just shine you on. 

They will say no, at which time it is fairly obvious what you need to do.

If they just outright agree and apologize and promise to make it better....leave. The person will most likely try to change their ways for a bit, but will most likely fall back into their regular habit and you will be stuck.

That's my two cents.