Have a look at the following options, bearing those factors in mind.
This is probably what most people think about when they think about a writing class.
At the very least, a creative writing course should leave you feeling that you’ve made improvements as a writer, developed your skills and a greater understanding of the craft, grown in confidence, and gained a better idea of what you’re good at, what’s working in your writing, and what you still need to improve.
But with so many options available, how do you choose the course that’s right for you?
I’ve put together this list of things to consider before you make your decision, followed by a summary of the various options so you can choose what’s right for you.
Do you have a specific goal – a novel already planned (if not drafted), for example, that you want to get finished and published?Some courses have big-name authors as their instructors, who write brilliantly but aren’t necessarily good at imparting their own skill.Some courses might be taught by writers you’ve never heard of, but who are really good teachers; others are taught by people who aren’t writers at all, but have great editorial and teaching experience.I’m very much of the belief that writing can and should be taught, but that it’s also important to find the course that suits you and your style – not just in writing, but in personality too, since you won’t flourish in an environment you’re not comfortable in.Sharing your writing is an intensely personal experience, and to be the best possible writer you need to find somewhere that builds up your confidence alongside helping you develop your work constructively.What you want is for the course to be taught by people who are good at teaching writing. And it’s about having someone you think you will trust to take you and your writing seriously.Most courses are taught in a group environment – so you need to consider how that will work for you.Some courses expect you to be in the same place at the same time every week. Some don’t start for a few months, but you’re already raring to go.Think hard about what you can reasonably commit to.These vary hugely in what you’re going to get, and therefore in what you should pay.At one end of the scale, they offer generic content and can therefore seem quite cheap.