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!
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?