Friday, 5 October 2012

Blogfest 2012 - Online Courses?

Today’s host for Blogfest 2102 is Toni Lynn Ferro-Cloutier at and the topic is:

Online Courses

An intriguing topic today – and one I’ve never really thought about before. I’ve never taken any online courses, in writing or anything else. I once went (in real life) to a 6 week ‘Creative writing’ course about twelve years ago, but didn’t find it very useful, unless you wanted to write pretty adjective-laden descriptions of sunsets or flash-fiction about some fairly useless topic like ‘The day I lost my shoe’.

But back to online courses, and here I'm referring to 'writing courses' rather than any other kind of course. Would I sign up for one? No, probably not. Why not? Well, one reason is that there are masses of articles online about every aspect of writing (some of which I agree with, some I don’t.) There’s plenty out there, for free, so I don’t see the point of paying for something when you don’t need to!

I consider myself a fairly proficient writer. That’s not to say I know everything about it. I don’t, and I’m always willing to listen to others’ advice and opinions, or to check things out on the internet. I find, too, that I learn something new with every book I write. 

What about new writers? Personally, I tend to think that the best ‘training’ for new writers is firstly to read, read, read, and secondly to write! Read all you can in your preferred genre (and maybe in other genres too) to see what you like and what you don’t like about the author’s style, characters and plot. And then write! Maybe find a couple of critique partners, too, who will give you honest feedback and constructive criticism. That, to me, is probably more valuable than any online course.

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  1. I believe you are correct.

  2. Paula-- I agree with you here-- there is so much information out there for free regarding good writing-- probably a course wouldn't lend more to it other than possibly organizing the material into one convenient place.