I was thinking of taking one of those Writer's Digest online writing workshops (Fiction Writing 101, 102, viz characterization/setting writing methods, writing a novel first draft in 12 weeks). They cost $400-600 or so US dollars. The money is not that great a concern. The thing is the more I delve into the instructors' backgrounds I am not so sure how useful the course(s) would be; the instructors have each written a novel or two, but when I look for their novel(s) on amazon i can't find it (of course it is possible a pen name was used). What does that say? I was quite positive at first of taking such a course, now I am more neutral/cautious. Because the other route I could go is to utilize some of the books those courses use, and of course make good use of the forums here on writingforums.org I am fairly good to go on story structuring, plot, arc, theme from my screenwriting background. My thought had been to take an online formal course to learn more about writing techniques specific to prose fiction / novels. As I said, I am neutral at this point, looking for votes on whether I should take such a course(s) in order to interact with an instructor/classmates; versus use forums like this and book on novel writing. Thoughts?