It sounds harsh, but if you’re out there and functioning on a professional level, it’s an expectation that you’ll be able to take harsh critique without batting an eye.
I do love connecting with other writers on social media and it’s a great tool for networking, but trust me, if you want more creative writer friends, college is the best time to get them.
I have seen it happen with faculty from other departments, but this is another reason why checking professor ratings is always a good idea.
You can often get a good feeling for a professor’s personality and make sure you get someone who will nurture your eagerness to learn. If your thing is fiction writing, you might not write a lot of poetry.
Any kind of formal workshop class is going to cost money; it’s an investment, so make sure you’re working that investment.
Talk to your classmates, make friends, forge connections, and don’t be afraid to ask a lot of questions or speak with your professor outside of class.
Sure, you can also ask Google questions, but you often must comb through the results to make sure the answer you’re getting is truthful and factual.
Independent research is all well and good, I always recommend doing it, but getting some of your questions answered by an experienced person is valuable.
If you want to write professionally, you need to learn the backbone skills of good writing, but you also need to hear a variety of opinions.
Taking a creative writing class can be hugely helpful; I’ve taken a good number of them and I’ve never regretted it. From reading a great deal of classical literature, I didn’t have a lot of patience for lengthy descriptions of scenes and settings.