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Pretty easy, overall.
The teacher seems a little scary due to a steady gaze and seemingly hard personality. However, as long as you put effort in what you write, arrive to class on time, and participate during class discussions, things will go smoothly between you and the whole class. Any creative writing class has the potential to be phenomenally engaging and worthwhile as long as you try to make it so.
It was a good motivation to write poetry which I had unfortunately begun to slack in. At the same time, it forced me to work on what I do not excel in as well: short stories. I learned how to strengthen my writing exponentially through this class.
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Advice for students:
Do not stress about this class. Read the poems or short stories before class and put an honest effort into what you write. Do not worry about what you share with other classmates, because this class should feel like a judge-free zone. Also, Joe Benevento's handwriting is pretty atrocious, so make sure you visit him at office hours every now and then to get a translation.