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What Kind Of Writing Course Is Best For You?

August 4th, 2017

First, thanks to Maria for last week’s blog. It must be great to attend one of her courses in such a wonderful setting. I can feel myself turning green just thinking about it!

Like her, I’ve no interest in criticizing taking a master’s degree in writing, but there’s no getting away from the fact that this option is now horribly expensive and I have talked to a number of people who really have been quite disappointed by the experience. Whereas they wanted (and expected) something practical, instead they have been faced with theory and found themselves no nearer publication at the end than at the beginning. In addition, they’ve felt there has been a lack of interaction with their tutor.

So, my advice would be to always do your research thoroughly before making any decision – or paying any money! Look at all the options, whether it’s a university course, a week-long course (like the one Maria runs, or those organised by Arvon at their various sites) or a distance learning course where you have one-to-one contact with and feedback from your tutor. Then decide what’s best for you. Read the rest of this entry »




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Is Distance Learning Right For You?

March 12th, 2014

After World Book Day last week, we had a spike in the number of people enrolling on our Comprehensive Creative Writing Course. But this is not the only time it happens. Not surprisingly, spikes also happen at Christmas (most of which are gifts for very lucky people who’ve probably been hinting like mad for months) and at New Year – I guess because people make resolutions to do something new. But, what kind of people are attracted to distance learning courses? Read the rest of this entry »




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