We received a great question during the podcast – Where do you go for on-line creative writing classes?
On line Classes
A Google search is the best way to discover on -line creative writing classes. Classes appear and disappear like a whack-a-mole game, so search for what you want when you need the information, it is likely to change tomorrow.
I’m currently serving on a steering committee to create the SFWriters University, an extension of the popular SF Writers Conference (Mark Hopkins, SF every February). So watch for that to pop up like a whack -a-mole in the near future.
Many creative writers get feedback and help on their manuscript by organizing their own critique group. A writing group typically comprises of three to nine members who meet regularly to read and give feedback on each other’s work. This is a great idea, it’s free and some writing groups have helped dozens of writers. But it’s not the ultimate solution for a Newbie Writer looking for actionable feedback.
Writing Group Pro:
A writing group helps keep you accountable and writing because you need to produce a new piece for every meeting.
You get feedback on drafts and reactions to your work from a neutral reader.
Writing Group Con:
Time – For every ten pages you turn in, you’ll need to read and critique the ten pages of every other member, a very good reason to keep the group to five or so members.
Consistency – it’s a volunteer group. Meeting times and place will change, members will not be able to attend, people will quit, not show or disappear.
Feedback – the feedback you get may not be the feedback you need. And not all feedback, even well intentioned, is beneficial.
Next Steps – The writing group is a great resource for the drafts of your creative work, but there is a good chance they won’t be able to help with publication or promotion of your finished book.
A growing trend for a creative or nonfiction writer is to hire a writing coach or book doctor. These coaches are professionals, not only skilled in communication and the publishing industry, but also hold advanced degrees in literature or creative writing. Coaches deliver the kind of feedback a writer really can use to improve writing and get published. A coach can also bring a client along from inception straight through to publication.
I work as a writing coach and by coincidence, so do two of our recent guests on the Newbie Writer’s Podcast:
If you are considering a coach to help you with your writing project – listen to the April/May podcasts at Newbie Writers. We can help.
Catharine is a writing coach as well – If you want to explore the possibilities, Check out the Start Your Book Kit Complimentary copy of Start Your Book ComplimentaryConsultation ½ hour with Catharine and a subscription Newbie News Drop me a line at – firstname.lastname@example.org for your Start Your Book Kit.