Hi all, I've never really studied the art of writing, and hence I feel like there's some improvements I could make. Also I need to work on the basic frameworks of writing a story - character development, plot, setting, etc. I also think my lack of 'knowledge' makes me attack my work a little too rough. Even today I had this thought of 'man I don't have skill as a writer'. Then I recalled a quote 'No matter how hard it is, or how hard it gets, I will succeed'. I'm looking for two things from online learning. Variety as in a multitude of different topics from different categories. I'm actually in the middle of writing a guide to gaining weight so non-fiction is good. Also very interested in writing and selling short fiction and maybe novel (my limited/lacking knowledge makes me squirm at the word novel). I also want something that provides high quality valuable critique/feedback. Critiquing on a forum is great, but it doesn't necessarily teach the 'art' of writing. I wrote a small piece about a character I was trying to develop, and the feedback was great, however I also need to learn how to actually achieve what I wanted to get down in my words. I've seen one that I think fits the criteria for the first need. Writersvillage. Has anyone had any experience with them? From what I can gather you get critiquing/feedback from the other writers and members. They have over 300 different courses which I think is going to be invaluable. I had a few options for the dedicated feedback/critique. I'm probably looking at a budget of $300-350 which seems to be average for about 4-8 week online course. Thanks heaps guys!