Discussion Forums - The Writers' Forum The Writers' Forum

Topic: Any recs on online creative writing classes?

Club rule - Please, if you cannot be courteous and respectful, do not post in this forum.
  Unlock Forum posting with Annual Membership.
Subject: Any recs on online creative writing classes?
Date Posted: 4/27/2011 2:58 PM ET
Member Since: 3/1/2006
Posts: 436
Back To Top

 

Hello,

 

Has anyone taken any online classes for creative writing? Fiction writing? Etc? I've only ever taken classes at university, but I've tapped out my school. I still want to learn, so I'm asking around.

 I know about Gotham, but that's a little beyond my budget.

 

If anyone knows of any, I would love to hear it. And if you've actually tried it, even better!

Thanks,

Natalie B.

Date Posted: 4/29/2011 6:18 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
Posts: 36,445
Back To Top

I've used the Writers Village University.  it has many courses and most usually just require a year long membership to access it. There are usually trial memberships for $20. http://www.writersvillage.com/wvu2/

I was only a member for a year but learned many new ways of tuning my words :)

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 6:46 PM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2008
Posts: 662
Back To Top

Xen, have you ever tried their free course?  It's starting up again soon, and I was thinking of trying it.

http://writersvillage.com/free/

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 7:20 PM ET
Member Since: 10/13/2007
Posts: 36,445
Back To Top

Dana- done the course twice actually, and for a third time but only for two classes as I was called away to see my dad for the last time..
I really enjoyed the course, great load of people, good advice and got nothing but lots of help.  They also have a set of pay classes. I paid for a year of classes, got some advice on various issues I had and fixed them. It was more peer to peer on the ones I chose.  But that was due to bad planning, there were tutor run courses but the one I signed for, was cancelled as the teacher was sick. It was $99 for the whole year and much cheaper then any other courses I could find.

I'd say try the course for sure, you'll either just have fun or learn something. You wont ever be told what you write is dumb/stupid etc just ways to improve.

I did a fantasy free course thru a website (can't remember the name of it off hand) but all I got frm it was the teacher asking me to keep writing, and I needed no help in that area. *sighs* I think I had the wrong idea about the course function and it was more, how to come up with fantasy ideas rather then help with fantasy stories. Ideas are never an issue, have plenty.. editing I have issues with.

Date Posted: 1/11/2012 11:10 AM ET
Member Since: 2/13/2008
Posts: 662
Back To Top

Thanks for the info--I think I'll give it a try.