By depressed - United States - Yorktown Heights
Today, my new creative writing teacher informed the class that we should consult him before writing anything "dark or disturbing." I only took the class because my therapist recommended that I join the class so I could freely express my darker thoughts without her help or a fear of being judged. FML
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  dalink  |  24

Depending on the nature of your "dark" thoughts, I would suggest keeping your dark writings to yourself. Regardless of the class policy; if its dark enough you might get unwanted attention... from the cops... with a warrant to pull up your floorboards. So save yourself the trouble of having to relocate your skeletons; keep your writings under lock and key.

  Palirose  |  22

I mean OP could just explain the situation to the teacher. Im sure they would understand...but personally I wouldn't care if the teacher said not to. I would anyways

  kaitlynjane  |  28

Haha I took a creative writing class a few semesters ago and for our final assignment I wrote a screenplay about a female serial killer and one of her victims. It was loosely based off of the comic "Johnny the Homicidal Maniac." It was pretty disturbing and half the class had to critique it as part of the final.
When it came time for them to do so, there was an awkward silence and I got more than a few worried looks from my other classmates.

It was a pretty awesome screenplay though, in my opinion.

Write what you want. The teacher shouldn't be able to tell you what you can and can't write. It's a CREATIVE writing class, for goodness sake!

  TheDrifter  |  23

Consult usually means he wants to remind them to keep it PG, or talk with them about seeing a therapist. Disturbing pieces in creative writing classes are often only noticed as a pattern after a suicide, he's only being proactive about helping his students.

By  Spajina  |  3

Likely just from a liability standpoint, he did say "consult" not "don't do it". If you want to write about taking down another NYC landmark with a plane he might have to report it; if you write about disemboweling homeless folks he might have to point you in the direction of the Saw producers.

By  blackonblight  |  32

Tell HIM that. You may have a very different idea of what the line is, or he may simply be trying to make sure the class is a safe environment for all the students and someone isn't unknowingly going to trigger PTSD or one of many anxiety disorders in their peers.

  TheDrifter  |  23

Teen suicide is also a major issue in many areas, the way students express themselves can show them to be at an increased risk. Or like so many college professors, he simply wants a creative justification for the dark twist on the assignment, to help assure the students understand what was assigned and that he's not going to have to grade some off topic 50 shades knockoffs all year.

By  jenn1808  |  16

He probably just wants to have a discussion so that he doesn't get something disturbing and have to worry about whether you need a therapist. Explain your situation and assure him you don't want to hurt yourself or anyone else, and you should be fine.

  blackonblight  |  32

Or that it doesn't cause one of the other members of the class undue stress. You may be fine writing your story about the Victorian woman who, after being stopped from killing her child, threw herself off a bridge, but your classmate, whose mother had postpartum depression after her second child and committed suicide, leaving them to parent their sibling..... Yeah.

  blackonblight  |  32

I'm a walking panic attack. I go nowhere without my sedatives, and I go nowhere 6 days a week anyway. Coming up with ideas for things that might cause a panic attack? That's easy.