The logical step when you want to learn how to write a book is to enroll on a writing course but how do you go about picking the right one?
You turn to trusty Google and put in “writing course” and you get “About 314,000,000 results (0.66 seconds)”, which does nothing to encourage you as you have no idea which one will work best for you.
I have looked at a few options from providers that I would trust and am baffled by prices and time restrictions etc (I have a 2 year old toddler who won’t sit still, so writing is going to be after his bedtime and before my bedtime!). The Open University seems like a good place to start…Creative Writing – perfect! http://www.open.ac.uk/courses
£2864?! Wait, hold on a minute… I am on a serious budget here! I don’t have that kind of money to spend much as I love the concept of the OU I just can’t afford it.
I started the Writer’s Bureaucourse years ago, which is a home study course. I can remember that I completed 3 or 4 assignments before I gave up. Who know how much I paid 20 years ago or what it costs now…It’s not very clear from their website.
The Writer’s Workshop comes up with lots of helpful videos to watch, so I sign up to their newsletter and get bombarded with special offer courses. They make me feel frazzled just reading them.
Others are based in central London or at city universities and such like, which I’m sure are all marvellous for people who live in such places, but I live in a small village by the sea. So I turned my search to local writing courses and this proved to be more successful. My local magazine has lists of creative classes that you can do – all day time and designed for retired people I feel. I work full time. No good.
Just when I’m starting to think that I should set up my own writing class for tired mummies in the local community centre from 7pm to 8pm (perfect after/before bedtime scenario), I see that we have a local writing festival coming up soon! Hurrah! And yes they offer weekend workshops! Hurrah Hurrah! It’s affordable and it’s close by – it ticks all the boxes and I would be mad not to take advantage of doing it. So the ticket is purchased for a very modest £20 for a 4 hour Crime Writing workshop…Bargain. I will let you know how I get on! It’s not the genre that I would choose to write but who knows where my talent lies? http://www.shorehamwordfest.com
― Benjamin Franklin
“Learning never exhausts the mind.”
― Leonardo da Vinci
― Leonardo da Vinci