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02:46 pm - Writing courses
I still have some training money to spend and I am thinking of signing up to an Arvon course.

Three options which I am toying with (I can only really afford one of them)

- a non-fiction course in Yorkshire in October, because I do write non-fiction. David Peace is the guest tutor, and I think he's a great writer.

- a ghost story course in Scotland at Halloween, because it sounds like good fun. I suppose I will never write fiction professionally, but I think I'd enjoy the course.

- one of Arvon's many poetry courses, because I do like reading and writing poetry.

Do you have any advice?

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From:espresso_addict
Date:February 4th, 2011 03:21 pm (UTC)
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I went on an Arvon short fiction course yonks ago. It was so so, as I recall. The tutors were helpful (and Catherine Merriman encouraged me to apply for the MPhil course at Glamorgan), but you didn't get much one-on-one time with them, and the class exercises were pretty lame. Hearing my work read by Catherine (who does a lot of work for Radio 4) was probably the high point. I found the other students were an ill-assorted bunch who, to be blunt, didn't add much to my enjoyment.
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From:communicator
Date:February 4th, 2011 04:04 pm (UTC)
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Thank you, that's a candid insight. May have to think a bit more.
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From:espresso_addict
Date:February 4th, 2011 04:39 pm (UTC)
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I think you will probably find that your writing standard goes way beyond what Arvon is geared to help.
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From:communicator
Date:February 4th, 2011 05:44 pm (UTC)
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I might do the ghost one for fun. Have you been on anything else I could look into? It has to be some kind of little self-contained thing.
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From:espresso_addict
Date:February 4th, 2011 08:25 pm (UTC)
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The only short writing courses I've tried were online, with the Gotham Writers' Workshop (http://www.writingclasses.com/). I found the fiction writing course (level I) rather basic, but the novel writing one (level II) was genuinely helpful, though again the participants were a mixed bunch.
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From:zornhau
Date:February 4th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)

Do the Ghost one!

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It'll make the most satisfying story to tell about what you did with the training budget.
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From:communicator
Date:February 4th, 2011 06:24 pm (UTC)

Re: Do the Ghost one!

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Ha. Yes, you have a point.
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From:tehomet
Date:February 4th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)
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In an ideal world, all three. But I guess I would do the non-fiction one, if I were you and could only select one. It seems that it would be the most instructive, and yeah, David Peace!
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From:communicator
Date:February 5th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
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Though looking at the details, I am concerned it will be mostly about history and biography. Which are after all the most lucrative types of non-fiction.
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From:sallymn
Date:February 4th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)
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I'm totally having trouble steering my attention past the ghost one, but from a practical point of view, the nonfiction sounds great...
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From:communicator
Date:February 5th, 2011 05:28 pm (UTC)
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The ghosty one does sound tempting though doesn't it?
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From:sallymn
Date:February 7th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)
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I'd be in it, ohhh yeah :)

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