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Subject: Resources for Creative Writing?
Date Posted: 1/7/2012 2:07 PM ET
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My husband is an artist, and he has been thinking of doing creative writing as well. Can anyone suggest any books for people who would like to jump in Creative Writing? He doesn't have money to go back to school and learn this, but I would like to get any helpful books for him that would make learning the fundamentals of Creative Writing easier. Any help or resources would be appreciated!

Date Posted: 1/9/2012 6:44 PM ET
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I just popped into this forum to see if anyone has tried this resource--maybe this would be something to try:


It's a free online class about writing fiction.  The deadline to sign up for this one is January 24th. 

Has anyone tried this class?  I'm thinking of trying it for fun.

Check in with your library, too.  I recently found out that my library in Cincinnati subscribes to a service that offers online classes in many subjects, including writing.  (Normally, folks would have to subscribe to the service to take the classes, but library card holders may take the classes for free.)  If you poke around your library's website, you may find something similar.

Date Posted: 1/11/2012 12:38 PM ET
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I've done the class mentioned above and found it really great.

There is no right or wrong way to write a book, every person has their own way of getting the information from pen to paper.

Libraries should have some books on how to write a novel, there are also plenty of websites with this information too.

Also there is an online writers conference http://themuseonlinewritersconference.com/  Usually has many different workshops on various subjects of writing. I've done workshops in the past through this and had fun, learned alittle.

Date Posted: 3/22/2012 5:29 PM ET
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A possibly helpful website is nanowrimo.com (national novel writing month), which I just noticed you are a member of!  DUH!  Education and books aside, some of the most common sense advice I ever received was if you have an idea for a book, just start writing.

Date Posted: 7/29/2012 11:13 PM ET
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I'm currently working my way through Page after Page by Heather Sellers.  I think I got halfway through it four years ago.  Two babies later...I think I've finally got my head above water enough to start writing again.  :-)  Anyway, it's a simple, encouraging book with some good exercises in it.

Date Posted: 7/31/2012 10:54 AM ET
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ok, so the writers village has become F2K. I never used it before. Does anyone use it now. Can anyone explain to me how to start with the first lesson and take the classes? Do they still cycle through, and I just need to wait? They seem to be on lesson 3 right now. I'm so confused! The introduction made it sound like now you just take each class whenever, but then when i log on, that doesn't seem to be the case.

Date Posted: 7/31/2012 12:35 PM ET
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Latricia-  F2K is a short writing course sponsered by the Writers Village (you have to pay to join that part of it).  The courses are run at certain times of the year and are not on going. If you look at the forum posts you can see that all of them are rather old.  There was one class meant to start in May but it has been put on hold. They do have the lessons posted, and you can read through a class responses and posted lessons from class members.
I did WVU for a year and learned quite abit of information from it BUT they also have classes on a set rotation and things I wanted to do was months away BUT they do have all the class lessons posted online so I could do them, and just post it when the class came up and go from there.

The last day to sign up for the next F2K class was July 6th. SO if you weren't signed up then you cannot jump into the classes.

Also they require you to get certain books for classes and some were not easy to find and one I had to drop out of the class as the book never arrived.(used from amazon).

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