In the last few weeks we have been discussing the various writing courses out there. The Queensland Writers Centre now has online writing courses that may pique your interest and at the fraction of the cost. The ‘Year of the Novel’ has particularly caught my attention. I’ve always wanted to do this course but the idea of commuting into Brisbane every fortnight put me off, especially since I work most weekends. Here is an abstract from the QWC homepage:
Challenge yourself to complete the ultimate writing journey in Year of the Novel Online. Over 26 progressive fortnights you will be inspired and challenged to overcome road blocks and, most importantly, to keep writing. You will receive individual feedback from our expert tutor as your manuscript develops, focusing on the writer's guide to narrative structure, characterisation, developing voice and self-editing. You will participate in a number of group and individual activities and share your developing understanding of writing as you work toward completeing a manuscript draft.
Tutor: Kim Wilkins
When: The course begins on 1 August 2009 and runs through to the end of July 2010. New work is released each fortnight and then participants have that fortnight to complete the activities and submit them to be shared with the tutor and/or the group.
Why? Queensland Writers Centre realises the importance of enabling writers and would be writers to develop their skills and progress their work. So we have created a number of online writing courses which we will be releasing throughout 2009. This is a new endeavour for us and we are in beta-testing mode, which means we are releasing the courses at special prices this year. So get in quick!
Please note: This course involves downloading audio files, so please ensure you have access to fast dial-up internet access as a minimum.What happens after purchase? Once you have purchased this product you will be sent an email with a link to the online learning site and your logon details. Simply logon onto the site and from 1 August 2009 your course materials for the first fortnight's work will be available.
And the cost? Only $400.
Post Note: Cengage Education contacted me after reading my assessment of the 'Fantasy and Science Fiction' Course and have offered me a free three month extension. I have accepted their offer and plan to tackle the remaining module with gusto. I thank them for their generosity.