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    Finally decided to do a creative writing course

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by Montag, Feb 4, 2008.

    I've been considering it for a while now, but never really got around to it. Today at work a guy told me he enrolled for a drawing course at TAFE, and showed me the course list, and this writing course was listed at a place near me, so I booked it. It only costs $150 and goes for 2 hours every wednsday for 7 weeks.

    I'm sure it'll be good for me, so far all I know about writing is what I have looked up for myself.
     
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    I took a creative writing class in High School, and it was a joke. However, my room mate took one here at the University, and he said it was really worthwhile. I looked up TAFE, and read about what it was, so it sounds like taking a creative writing course from a TAFE will be really beneficial. I'm going to take a creative writing course next semester I hope.

    I've also found that literature courses are nice for helping with your own writing.
     
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    I started one the other week. There are some advantages I think to it, but I dislike the entire scenario where you have 5 mins to write something based on a picture. I'm going to write crap or sometimes not get anything out, which I hate doing.

    But what it's useful for? Getting you to examine interesting pictures or articles and trying to make scenes out of them. At least, that's the usefulness I see out of the course I'm on at the moment anyway. I think last week, we had a picture of Russel Crowe standing up in the water with a tennis racket. ;) Plus some weird articles. It's a shame the course will probably end this week though due to lack of interest.

    Another benefit I can see to the course as well: You get to share your work. But I'm not sure the actual course is a benefit to helping me improve my writing in terms of grammar aspects etc. I don't think I'm bad in those respects though, it's just the content that for the most part needs touching up.

    Anyways, that's my experience of a one week course and I wager other courses are different.

    Edit: We also read a script actually. I found that to be useful in examining the dialog. Of course, we were then assigned the task of also writing a script. It was a first for me.
     
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    I just took creative writing in High School...
    Nice to know it wasn't worth my time 0_o
     
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    I don't think creative writing courses work for everybody. Asking hopeful and inexperienced writers to describe a picture or an idea at the spur of the moment is definitely not for me. Besides, I think that's the wrong approach. A writer should never be rushed or pressed to write something in the space of five minutes. Writers start panicking, not only jeopardizing their ability to be articulate and eloquent but also affecting their spelling and grammar.
     
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    Thing is with the writing class I'm on at the moment, is it's actually a nice atmosphere. No-one goes ahead and says your work is crap or anything. Everyone receives a clap at the end and the teacher tries to analyse a few points. Like on the last piece I read out, he'd say it's a story where you've got to think and come up with your own conclusions. Nothing offensive or anything.

    I know that won't help us in the publishing world but it's nice if you have a great, friendly group. One that you can talk to about writing as well, especially if you don't have many people at home to discuss it with.

    Downside: Fees. I find the pricing a bit over the top.

    And yeah, agreed Endeavor. It certainly isn't for everyone. But I feel I've took something out of it, learning that grammar doesn't have to be 100% correct in a piece as long as it works.
     
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    I don't thaink any one approach in writing classes will work for everyone. I do see a value in speedwriting exercises. A lot of writers have a tendency to overthink their writing. They come up with an idea, and turn it over in their head for a while, then decide it's not worth following up on because it seems weak in its incomlete state. I have done this myself.

    Speedwriting makes you take this germinating idea and put it on paper, where it can begin to develop before you talk yourself out of it. Sure, spelling and grammar will suffer, but that's the kind of thing you fix in revision.

    But every student is different. That is not only true for writing students, but in every field of study. Some pick up material best by reading, others learn better from visual presentation or by listening to a verbal discussion. They differ in confidence level and self esteem, and in attention span. Therefore speedwriting should be only one of many approaches taken. The more techniques prospective writers are exposed to, the more likely they are to find the ones that work best for them.
     
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    Sounds fun...hopefully you'll learn some new stuff :)
    Good luck!
     

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