Student Stories: Eric Corpus
I’m a freelance jack of some trades in New York City. Right now, I could be called a writer, editor, web designer, content producer and online marketer. I also write a personal blog called Are We Still Cool? with my wife. I took the long way to get here, starting with a degree in engineering, which I’ve yet to use except for listing it under EDUCATION in my LinkedIn profile.
Instead of engineering things, I pursued music for a decade while working at a university by day. My family moved from Florida to New York in 2008, and I haven’t been the same. Mostly, I talk louder.
We recently heard your Skillshare project was published in McSweeney’s! What’s the story?
During my journey between jobs and places, I recently decided I should be a writer. I enjoy it, and it’s a job I can do into old age.
I’m under the impression that some people find my writing funny, so I wanted to hone my humor writing skills. Grace Bello’s class, “Humor Writing: Become the Next David Sedaris,” looked like the perfect little investment into my aspirations.
Our class project was to write a 500-word humorous essay or short story. My idea was an open apology to my high school senior class for my performance as “Most Likely to Succeed.”
Grace was incredibly helpful, as were several classmates, by encouraging me and providing constructive, detailed feedback on my work. With their guidance, I wrote and rewrote and shaped the essay as much as I could, and then submitted it to the popular humor website Timothy McSweeney’s Internet Tendency. A couple of days later, they said they would publish the piece. It was live the next day! You can read it here.
Grace’s class gave me the instruction, motivation and accountability I needed to start and finish a piece that will be a gem in my fledgling writing resume.
Are there other ways that Skillshare has been helpful to you professionally or personally?
Just the fact that Skillshare exists is helpful. The platform represents opportunity in a low-cost, low-commitment package. To learn more about writing, I know I could find a course taught by someone who’s been there before. Or I could try out a totally different field.
And if I feel like I have knowledge and experience that could help others, I could teach a class on Skillshare.
Do you have any tips for other people on how to get the most out of Skillshare?
First of all, if a class looks appealing or exciting, go for it. Odds are you’ll discover a new passion, take your craft to the next level, or create something you may never would have otherwise. That’s money well spent.
In class, take an active role in the community. People may be counting on you. Your classmates may need your collaboration. The teacher may need you to give feedback on your classmates’ work. The virtual classroom is much more fun when people peek out from behind their avatars and start sharing.
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