This week, my six-week online Essentials of Mystery Writing class came to an end. I really enjoyed it. I think I learned a lot as well. The readings, class assignments, and online interaction took up roughly 3 hours a week. It was a Writer’s Digest course and I highly recommend it.
Here are some of the pros of taking an online course:
- feedback from other writers
- feedback from your teacher, who is usually a published writer
- a better understanding of the requirements of genre fiction
- time to develop all the moving parts in your story: characters, plot, setting
- deadlines to keep you motivated on your work
- assigned readings that teach you about your craft
- focuses you on the key elements of your story
- learning how to craft a synopsis
- practice accepting constructive criticism from your peers as well as your teacher who has industry experience
- flexibility in when you do your work
Here are the cons of taking an online course:
- you do have actual deadlines
- you have to fix stuff in your story
- you only get as much out of it as you put into it
I’m thinking about taking another online course for romance writing because my newest novel is a romance, but I’m still drafting that one. Hopefully, I’ll have that done by the fall. Then I’ll look into taking a course either from Writers Digest or Gotham Writers’ Workshop.
Have any of you taken online courses? Are there any you would recommend for romance writing?