At a time where we are all being asked to stay at home and keep our distance from others, now could be the perfect moment to sign up to an online writing course.
If, like me, you've always fancied writing a book, there are plenty of options available to perfect your craft. In this article, I will give details of just some of the choices out there.
1. Curtis Brown Creative
Back in Autumn 2018, I completed Curtis Brown Creative's 6-week 'Writing a Children's Picture Book' online course. I thoroughly enjoyed it and it definitely cemented my love for writing children's books. The course was divided into weekly modules and - like most online courses - I could work at my own pace and to my own schedule. A private forum gave me the opportunity to interact with the other people taking the course (some of who I still interact with on Twitter), and also the opportunity to read and comment on each other's work.
Curtis Brown Creative offer a multitude of online courses, run by industry experts, many of which have start dates next month. Whether you want to hone your skills in children's picture books, adult novels, or anything in between, there are plenty of options available that you can study from anywhere in the world.
Courses starting next month include:
Starting to Write Your Novel (Apr 23 - Jun 04 2020, cost £225) Edit and Pitch Your Novel (Apr 23 - Jun 4 2020, cost £225) Writing Short Stories (Apr 30 - Jun 11 2020, cost £225) Writing Young Adult and Children's Fiction (Apr 20 - Aug 03 2020, cost £1,600)
Write Mentor offer a range of courses for children's writers (from picture books right through to young adult), to help develop your craft and industry knowledge at affordable prices, including:
A 12 month Novel Course for just £10 per month (and you can cancel at any time). This course is for those who need encouragement from first spark to first draft. Over the year, the course focuses on different areas of the novel and novel writing craft to ensure you finish your first draft with the first 9 months (but no pressure if you don't) and then the last 3 months are focussed on rewriting/editing and submitting. The course is for everyone, from novice to pro.
They also have regular shorter courses focussed on other areas of children's writing.
Writing Magazine's online courses are another fantastic resource for anyone wanting to learn more about writing. I am definitely going to sign up to the Writing for Children course later this year. Here are some of the courses available (rates are slightly less if you are a subscriber to the magazine):
Becoming A Successful Writer (£192)
Polish Your Writing Style (£192)
Making the Most of Your Life Experiences (£192)
Article Writing and Freelance Journalism (£208)
Fiction (novel-writing) ((£208)
The Open University offers a wide range of distance and online courses (not just for writing). From an MA in Creative Writing where you work towards a recognised qualification to the numerous free courses available on the Open Lean website, (I once signed up to the free course called Approaching Poetry), there is sure to be something that suits.
I hope that you've found this information useful. These are just the online courses I know of, I'm sure there are many others out there. If you do decide to spend the next few months learning, I wish you lots of luck and happy writing.