I don't talk to often about my MFA program, but I'm currently in a program as a fiction writer. I'm working my way through it slowly because I have a full time job and am still paying off loans on my first graduate degree (only one and a half more years....yay!). I really like the program; it's great to be in classes where you talk about writing and being in a community of other writers is very encouraging.
A major component is the workshop. I'm required to take fifteen hours of workshop classes (5 semesters). I look forward to taking workshop classes. I find it interesting to sit around and discuss other people's writing (I often get good tips for my own writing from these discussions).
Tonight is my first night (we workshop our pieces twice). I sit silent for 45 minutes while the class discuses my work. Usually I don't mind this. I like the feedback, different views and ideas. I always leave my personal story workshop with a lot of new ideas. Except, tonight I'm somewhat terrified of workshopping my piece. You see, the story that I submitted is the first 30 pages of my new novel. The novel no one but my agent has seen. It's still my baby and I'm a little bit scared to show my baby to everyone. So wish me luck! I'm sure it will be fine, but you know how it goes when you're showing off your work for the first time.*
What about you? Do you get those first draft jitters? Who are the first people you usually share your work with?
*I set this to post right when my class starts....so if you're reading it tonight, chances are my work is also being talked about!