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    Creative Writting Career

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Manolius, Apr 24, 2009.

    (Sorry if this is posted in the wrong section but didn't know where else it could fit)

    Hello everyone. I recently discovered( think it was thanks to the adds on the top of the page)a career called creative writing from Stratford Career Institute.
    Now, what I liked about this institute, is that once you pay your scholarship (about $300.00) they send you all the books and materials you need to work and send them back and get your grades. That seemed attracting to me.

    Now, my concern is if anyone knows anything about it, if its good or not, as I don't want to spend 300.00 bucks on "bad" books and classes.
    Has anyone here taken or heard anything from Creative writing career from SCI? Is there any you've taken that you'd recommend?

    Thanks to everyone in advance. :)
     
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    If you want to take a class on writing, you're probably better off checking out a university or a community college that you are going with this place.
     
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    I've found writersonlineclasses.com classes to be very good..and affordable:
     
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    don't be seduced by fancy ads... this site can't control what ads appear, as they're chosen by the server, so some scams do make it through...

    this is one... see info here: http://www.ripoffreport.com/reports/0/249/RipOff0249176.htm

    and for more info on their scam factor: http://www.google.com/search?rls=ig&hl=en&q=is+stratford+career+institute+a+scam&aq=1&oq=is+stratford+car

    as noted above, you'd be much better off finding a course at a local school... if that's not doable, there are some good online courses available... one of the best, if not the best, is 'gotham': http://www.writingclasses.com/

    and from now on, check out whatever you consider spending money on, with a google search, first...
     
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    Yeah, I'm gonna have to jump on the bandwagon. Unless it's funded by the government, schools and job training generally do not come cheap. :( And maia's right; if you found that link via this site, please know that this site has not had the best track record with it's advertisements.

    Took the liberty of checking out some links pertaining to the school for you, same as maia. The school is NOT accreditted. Many jobs require accreditation to land a job anywhere, and those that dont can find someone who does have a certificate or reputable credits easily.

    If you're looking for a good deal on higher education, I seriously recommend you try a community college. Most are flexible with time constraints, and, depending on how hard you work, you can graduate with transferable credits and the proper certification or diploma in a matter of months to two-four years, depending on how much you apply yourself.

    Best of luck. Kudos for asking around, although the answer may not be what you wanna hear. So many people get suckered in by these things.
     
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    Creative writing career:
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    Creative Writer (retired):
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    LordKyle makes me laugh.
    Jack for the win.

    Those SCI people have actually been in the business of scamming people for a while now. Long time ago (early '90's if you must know) I signed up for one of their courses. They sent me a short stack of flimsy staple bound pamphlets, and the tests were 10 questions, yes or no answers. They assured me once I read all of that, and filled out the tests (there were 2 :p) I would be mailed a certificate of veterinary assistant. I tried sending their stuff back for a refund, but they have been badgering my credit report and me since then for their 150 os so bucks they say I owe them.

    Some lessons are harder to learn than others, but I never sent another dubious school money for a course that does not exist.
     
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    Gothom Writers' Workshop is what I plan on doing one day. I just need to find that extra cash.
     
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    Some classes and coursework may assist one in improving their writing. It all depends on the curriculum and instructor, but the bottom line is that one must work hard, spending many many hours studying, reading and writing to improve.

    The best measure of a good course to invest time and money in would be a personal reference from someone you know and respect--someone who has benefited directly from participation in the course one is considering.

    Another indicator of whether a course will help is the amount of time and effort the writer will put into doing what is asked and what it takes to succeed, and be willing to follow the suggestions made by the instructor and/or other participants, depending on the course structure.

    All things being equal, a course where the student(s) met face to face and interacted would be preferable to one that is online.

    But taking a course and then having a career in creative writing blossom is not likely to happen.

    Just my two cents.

    Terry
     
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    sad, but true!... show me even one truly good writer who got a successful career going after taking a writing course... most, if not all of the best, most successful writers the world has ever seen learned how to write on their own...
     
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    I do know of one writer who managed to write his two most successful books thanks to a writing class. The task he was given was to write a story working in a certain colour, which he picked out of a hat. The colour he got was pink, which he had serious doubts about until he found out that there was a kind of jade that is pink. That story eventually turned into a novel called The Jade Peony. Later, he wrote another novel making use of the same characters and settings, but different events.
     
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    what is that?
     
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    Maia posted the link. At the top click on online classes.
     

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