Pros and Cons of Writing Courses
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Jade Bald
April 2018
Contributor
Written by
Jade Bald
April 2018

Ok, so I've been a writer of fiction for a decade, maybe even more.However, I've only begun taking writing courses online in the past few years and I'm going to share my experiences with you.Good and bad.For one thing I think writing courses are good, if you want to learn to write better as a writer and be able to write something worth publishing.I've read a few books before where I just shook my head.If you're going to write for the masses, it should be well versed and well done for the most part.Perhaps it wasn't to my taste, but I know a good novel when I read one.I've taken at least five online  creative writing courses through a variety of sources (Humber College, EdX, Coursera, and Great Courses Plus).I've had a variety of instructors who came from different backgrounds in the writing world and wrote a variety of genres.That's the first pro. Every course is different and you come to see writing a novel in a new light.There's some things you learn in one, you don't learn in the other.The cons are that you're overwhelmed with the information.You start realizing how your own work looks shoddy compared to some else's.As much as this mindset is never good-I'm a perfectionist at heart-it sometimes makes me want to quit.Then I remind myself how everyone has their own approach to writing, their own voice, their own stories to tell.These courses are only there to help you write better, not to act as judges in how well you write.So, if you think you might benefit from university level courses on writing-including free trial offers-here are the links:

https://www.thegreatcoursesplus.com/writing-great-fiction-storytelling-tips-and-techniques

https://www.coursera.org/specializations/creative-writing

https://www.edx.org/course/how-to-write-a-novel-structure-outline

 

 

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