I walked in to Claudette’s class a comic, having been working on the road for five years. I knew how to write jokes. I had little understanding of how to move people beyond that. I can honestly say after studying with Claudette for five years, on a day when I don’t hate myself, I believe I have become a writer. She gently, and sometimes not so gently, broke me of habits that kept my work stuck. She is that rare combination of nurturing and no bullshit. Take the class, your interest in wanting to be a writer, or become a better writer, is worth the investment.