Taking the Easy Way Out
I gave up on the Feature writing class. Some of the reasons for dropping the course are, in no particular order, the similarity between the class and second-year feature writing, increased hours at work, and limiting the number of end-of-semester major features I have to write to one.
Instead, I've enrolled in the only English course available, Great Journalism. The first book, "Maximum City" by Suketu Mehta, is good enough. The professor, Randy Boyagoda, the author of "Governor of the Northern Province," is good enough. Of course, I'll have a better idea after I've spent more than one class with him.
I'm satisfied, which I couldn't say I was when I was in the freelance course.