February 4th, 2011
|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?
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.
Thank you, that's a candid insight. May have to think a bit more.
I think you will probably find that your writing standard goes way beyond what Arvon is geared to help.
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.
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.
|Date:||February 4th, 2011 06:19 pm (UTC)|| |
Do the Ghost one!
It'll make the most satisfying story to tell about what you did with the training budget.
Re: Do the Ghost one!
Ha. Yes, you have a point.
|Date:||February 4th, 2011 08:45 pm (UTC)|| |
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!
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.
|Date:||February 4th, 2011 11:50 pm (UTC)|| |
I'm totally having trouble steering my attention past the ghost one, but from a practical point of view, the nonfiction sounds great...
The ghosty one does sound tempting though doesn't it?
|Date:||February 7th, 2011 12:12 am (UTC)|| |
I'd be in it, ohhh yeah :)