7-Day Writing Challenge: Done!

I’m sure you all have a grasp of what my inpatient hospitalization was like based on my last few posts, so I thought I’d change the subject completely lol!


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Recently (pre-hospitalization), I finished a 7-Day Writing Challenge with my writing coach. Actually, in my case, we agreed to stretch it out to 7 weeks. What I wanted to work on most was plot, so each week she e-mailed me a reading about different parts of plotting (like turning points, a scene’s goal, and others). She also assigned a weekly prompt (250-500 words) that addressed each plot point.

I had trouble around Week 4 because of my depression, but was able to submit my assignment, though a couple of days late. That’s a big step for me, because I didn’t write for all of 2016 because of depression. So far in 2018, I’ve been writing through that depression by way of blogging and working on my short stories.

Now I have the beginnings of 2 stories, and have revised another story I wrote 2 years ago! My current plan is to continue revising that story and submit it to my writing coach for critiques, and eventually, for publication.

All of this is done online. If you write poetry, fiction, and/or creative nonfiction, you should check out the online classes offered through the University of Wisconsin — Madison’s Continuing Studies Program. You have up to a year to complete most of the courses. They also offer one-on-one critiques. NOTE: UW has not asked me to provide a link to their program. I just thought if anyone was interested, it’s a good resource.

I’ve also taken online workshops through Writer’s Digest. They’re good, but the last instructor I had was impersonal. The first one I had was great, though, but isn’t it usually the worst ones that leave a bad taste in your mouth? Okay, he wasn’t that bad; he had great comments, just not a great online personality lol! Still worth checking out. NOTE: Again, they did not ask me to link to their program.

Both the UW and the Writer’s Digest online courses/workshops can probably be done even if you’re outside the US, because they’re online. But please check each program just to be sure.

There are also places that offer in-person classes, which is where I began learning to write fiction (prior to that I was a poet). Because of my anxiety, I haven’t taken that type of class in years. If face-to-face classes interest you more, you’ll have to look for writing studios or workshops near you.

I often post writing opportunities (online workshops, prompts, writing contests, calls for submissions) on my Twitter feed, so be sure to take a peek at my blog’s sidebar once in a while. 🙂

Do you like writing fiction, nonfiction, or poetry? All of the above? Have you ever taken a writing class either in person or online?


via Daily Prompt: Grasp

13 thoughts on “7-Day Writing Challenge: Done!

    1. Stephen, the classes are for all levels, and the courses at UW are one-on-one—just you and the instructor—no other students. If you don’t consider yourself a talented writer, the instructors will help you improve your skills 😊

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  1. Hi Barb,

    Glad you are well. Been reading about your psych hospital adventure and kind of worried me about you. Would love to talk some time by phone about writing, mental health and life. Email me for my number. Got to get back to writing a blog post on Ted Anton’s new book. I love blogging too because it got me back into journalism since my blog is interviewing and reporting sometimes the personal essay. Alexis

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  2. Yay – so glad I found your blog. I’m “old”, and only recently figured out that I want to be a writer…I also suffer from anxiety and depression, so your writing hits home on a lot of levels. Thanks for being and sharing YOU, and the for the suggestions/links for classes and workshops. 🙂

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    1. Welcome! It’s never too late to start writing! I hope you’ll be able to take advantage of some of these or other workshops. Thanks for sharing! 🌻

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  3. This resonates with me. I started writing during my first hospitalization… I am a Social Worker and was an inpatient with several clients I worked with in the community.. talk about a shift in dynamic!

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