Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Writing class update

I enrolled in a class - a basic class in writing fiction . I was really waffling on which class to take when an e-mail arrived offering a $25 discount if I signed up before the end of the month. I decided that was a sign and immediately enrolled.

The class actually started last Thursday, but they allowed enrollment until tomorrow and since I purchased the textbook about a month ago, I'm ready to go. Each topic lasts 2 weeks, so I'll be a little behind but believe it will be possible to catch up quickly.

I like non-fiction and writing about life in general, but really don't have a good grasp on how to write fiction. I'm not even sure it's what I want to do and hope this class will help determine if fiction is right for me or if I should stick to non-fiction. Either way, it should help me become a better and more organized writer.

As the class progresses, I'll keep you updated. Wish me luck!

16 comments:

Demon Hunter said...

Good luck, AW!! :*) Let us know how the class goes!

Miladysa said...

Good luck - it is something I have always toyed with doing!

The Anti-Wife said...

Demon and Miladysa,
Thanks. I'll keep you posted as I go along.

Trée said...

Wishing you luck. Sounds fun. And please share any writing insights you stumble across in class. :-)

Precie said...

Have fun! I did an online "fundamentals of fiction writing" course a couple of months ago and really enjoyed it! Good luck!

The Anti-Wife said...

Tree,
Thanks and come by anytime.

Precie,
Was it a WOW workshop or some other one?

Precie said...

YES! It was "Advanced fundamentals of fiction writing," and my instructor was Barbara Rogan, who I "know" from the Compuserve Books & Writers forum.

The lesson plan and readings were standard, but the group critiques and instructor feedback were really helpful. And I found the structure and progression of the course very helpful to organizing my own ideas about writing.

Mary Witzl said...

I want to hear about how this went for you, too. Right now I don't have the time or the money, but what I really want to do is sit with someone who has a shrewd eye and watch them picking over my manuscript, inch by inch. I'd pay for that -- if I only had the time...

The Anti-Wife said...

Precie,
Mine's the Fundamentals of Fiction Writing - no advanced yet. It may be basic, but hopefully it'll help me get organized and start thinking about the whole work.

Mary,
I'll provide regular updates. You should get the textbook - "Fiction Writer's Workshop" by Josip Novakovich. It's a good basic book with lots of exercises. Then you could follow along with the class even though you're not in it. I bought it through Amazon.

cyn said...

yay! i love taking classes and learning. i think it'll be fun! def keep us updated.

wordtryst said...

Good luck, AW. That's such a positive thing to do.

The Anti-Wife said...

Cyn,
I'm excited. I love learning.

Liane,
Thanks. It feels good.

Ello said...

Good luck and tell us if it is any good!

ChristineEldin said...

Good luck!! Hope to see a few posts about it!! hint, hint
:-)

WriterKat said...

Good luck! I admire your efforts. Please share any nuggets you get along the way!

Precie said...

Ooh, I misspoke...It wasn't an "advanced" class...it was "accelerated." I think it was the same class as yours but in half the time. I had the same textbook...Fiction Writer's Workshop. Very helpful!