I've written to the QWC this morning to ask if the eNewsletter can publish a paragraph for me soliciting views of university writing courses. I'm quite keen to get as complete a picture as I can of the variety of courses available, what they offer, what different writers think of them. At about $1500 per subject (p/g) I think it's fair to ask exactly how useful these courses are if they are not actually teaching writing skills.
Any observations can be made under the cloak of a nom de plume. I understand that an enrolled student at UQ or QUT for example, unhappy with the quality of the teaching and the courses is still going to be unlikely to want these views to be known as theirs. There's no such thing as objectivity in universities or anywhere else, and making an enemy of a powerful writer in Queensland could affect ones prospects in the limited market that Queensland offers.
So anyone who feels they might like to contribute an assessment on this topic to this blog but not an acknowledged one please feel free to email me here - email@example.com - and I will post it for you, regards Barbara