Boy, I sure hate being right.
Panel 1: As Elly hangs her jacket in the hall closet, John asks how her creative writing class went; she says it went fine.
Panel 2: She goes on to say that everybody introduced themselves after which that had a discussion about daydreaming with an emphasis on why they do it and when. In Elly's case, it's because she doesn't like listening to other people and she does so the instant the conversation drifts away from how awful her life is.
Panel 3: They also did free association and talked about the sixth sense, supsersitions, premonitions and fate.
Panel 4: They also talked about the complexities of memory and how it mixes with the imagination. He says "Wow" in baffled appreciation.
Panel 5: He then puts his hand on her shoulder and asks if they did any actual work; this causes her to be gobsmacked.
Summary: Lynn's premise, of course, because John is unable to realize that this is work owing to his not having any sort of imaginative capacity; since he has no art inside of him, he and Elly will be at cross-purposes forever. It makes more sense, however, to assume that insensitive goof John is simply wondering if they covered actual course work that day and being too blunt about it for comfort.