I'll be the first to admit that I'm a very amateur writer, but I’m very enthusiastic about improving myself as quickly as possible. I dropped out of school very early, and though I took some correspondence English courses, I was never taught Creative Writing by any traditional means. So from experience, what has helped you guys more? Creative writing classes and seminars and reading books on writing, or just writing? Or a healthy dose of both? Also, can anyone recommend any must read books on the craft, or suggest any online courses? I’ve read a few articles here and there, on this forum and off, but I’m looking for something I can really sink my teeth into, where I can relearn the basics and build from the ground up. I’m willing to pay a reasonable amount for any online courses. Going back through the traditional school system is out of the question, I’m afraid.