Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Finding Writing Classes - Laura Griffith

Finding Writing Classes - Laura Griffith (laura@gramscrackers.net)

I have found that finding legitimate writing classes is just as hard as breaking into the writing industry itself. You have to be very careful about getting taken advantage of, or giving your money to people with less than perfect intentions – especially with online courses.

If you do a Google search for writing classes, you can come up with 65,700,000 results – many of which are probably not legitimate. That is not to say that you can’t find legitimate writing classes that would be worth your while- even on-line. Just – like anything – do your research.

There are a number of ways to weed out classes. First, you can always use word of mouth. If a trusted friend or a well-respected writer you know has taken a class and gotten use out of it, it is probably okay. Another way to find a good course is to find a book at your local library or bookstore that lists out legitimate writing classes. But, as always, it is important to trust your sources. The best and easiest way to get involved with a good writing class – is to do it through your local college. A lot of community colleges and universities offer creative writing courses that can stimulate your talents and hook you up with good contacts. Another good source to use is your local library. A lot of local libraries offer creative writing seminars and writing groups. And the best part about getting involved in a group like that is that fellow writers or instructors can also give you ideas for additional writing classes. So, like any other part of this industry, once you are in – you can find people to help you make good decisions for future endeavors.

However, always remember that it is up to you to do what is right for you. If a class you are researching does not seem right for some reason, trust your instincts. If it is a class that you cannot afford, do not go out of your way to come up with money for that class. There are good classes or seminars you can take that are cheap – some even free. You just have to know where to look.

Copyright 2009 - Laura Griffith

1 comment:

  1. Yes, there are plenty of opportunities that do not cost! Sometimes community colleges offer free seminars or have a writing group within the college.

    L. Diane Wolfe


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