Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Online Writing Workshops: The Best Ones I've Taken and the Ones I Plan to Take
This week the Five Scribes wrote about the best Craft Books on our shelves. In keeping with the topic of improving our craft, I'd like you to meet Julie Rowe. Julie is a writer who has gone to exceptional lengths to learn the fiction business. Want proof? Read on. I think you'll understand why I asked Julie to blog about online courses today. Please welcome 2006 double Golden Heart finalist and freelance writer, Julie Rowe to the Five Scribes. ~ Donnell
I was thrilled when I was asked to guest blog about online writing workshops. I'm a passionate supporter/promoter of lifelong learning and believe that if one wants to be a good/great/outstanding writer, one must be constantly learning. My only problem is narrowing down my suggestions to a reasonable list. I want to recommend them ALL! LOL!
I've been taking writing classes online for more than eight years. Living in an isolated city in northern Alberta with the closest local chapter an eight-hour drive away means it's one of the only ways for me to learn my craft. I also teach classes online and promote online classes on my private Yahoo Groups list serve Announce Online Classes. During a typical month, I'm posting information on anywhere from 20 to 40 classes. So I've seen a lot of them that are absolutely awesome! Worth a whole lot more than the $5 to $40 most classes charge.
Here are a few of my top recommendations (in no particular order):
Mary Buckham's PACING: How to Craft a Page-Turning Manuscript in March 2009 through www.WriterUniv.com and her Synopsis master class for two weeks in May, 2009 through http://www.writersonlineclasses.com/ You can see Mary's complete class list and lecture packets on her website http://www.marybuckham.com/ I've learned more about writing a book from Mary Buckham than I have from anyone else. Her pacing class is about soooo much more. I firmly believe every writer out there can benefit HUGELY from the class. And her synopsis class is nothing short of miraculous!
Laurie Schnebly Campbell's Challenging Couples in Love in November 10-21, 2008 through www.fthrw.com/workshops/wkshop_2008_11.php and her His Personality Ladder in January 7-27, 2009 ($25) through www.oirw.net/campus.htm You can see Laurie's complete class list on her website http://www.booklaurie.com/ Laurie Schnebly Campbell is one of my favorite instructors of all time. She never talks around the point, she talks TO the point. She delivers highly informative classes that impact many areas of writing. You're getting a bargain when you take a class from Laurie.
Margie Lawson's Digging Deep Into the EDITS System October 13 - 26, 2008 through www.writersonlineclasses.com You can see her complete class list and lecture packets on her website http://www.margielawson.com/ Margie Lawson is simply amazing. This class single- handedly taught me more about editing in two weeks than I had learned in the previous five years. TAKE THIS CLASS.
I'm really looking forward to New York Times Bestselling Author Allison Brennan's From the Call to the Career Author: A Writer's Business Journey in November 3-28, 2008 through http://www.pasic.net/class_110308.html I haven't sold yet, but I want to be prepared when I do to handle things as they come. It would be great to know what I should expect. This class is definitely on my not-to-be-missed list.
CJ Lyons is another dynamic instructor with a class coming up in November 2008 called Thrillers with Heart through http://winecountryromancewriters.com/workshops.htm I really enjoy CJ's classes, she's thorough, patient and informative. Her background as a doctor also means she can answer all those pesky medical questions.
Gregory K. Moffatt, Ph.D. is offering a fascinating class called Stone Cold Killers in November 2008 through http://www.writersonlineclasses.com/ If you write thrillers, this is a must-take class.
Angela Knight is slated to teach Action Sequences in April, 2009 through http://www.carolinaromancewriters.com/ Not only is she a bestselling author, she's a phenomenal instructor.
Lori Wilde's High Concept class in February 2009 and her Critique Class in March, 2009 through her own list serve http://www.loriwilde.com are nothing short of fabulous. With a cap on the number of students, you get serious personalized instruction and feedback that, for me, took my writing to a whole new level.
Robin Perini and Laura Baker teach a marvelous series of workshops called Discovering Story Magic -- Introduction , Advanced and Master workshops plus Turning Points. They will be offering these classes through http://www.writersonlineclasses.com/ in 2009.
Believe it or not this is just the tip of the online class iceberg. If you'd like to have an even wider choice of classes to choose from, consider joining my online class announcements loop. I don't allow author promotion or harvesting of e-mails, the list is there for ONE reason, to keep writers informed of classes available, and any writer may join. To join, just send an e-mail to: Announceonlinewritingclassesfirstname.lastname@example.org
Cheers, Julie Rowe.
Julie Rowe has been writing medically inclined romances for more than ten years. Her freelance articles have appeared in The Romance Writer's Report, Canadian Living, Today's Parent, Reader's Digest (Canada) and other magazines.