Inspired by Others

After reading several inspirational blog posts lately of people enrolling in online courses I’m jumping on the bandwagon. Last night, I found myself an online Creative Non-Fiction writing course and enrolled. Apart from parting with my money – not too much – I discarded those asking for my entire bank balance – what I’m really in for is yet to be discovered.

I had a few criteria when looking, one being it should cost as little as possible. Another criteria was the time frame. I lead a strange life at times when it comes to work load, so I didn’t want one requiring me to work furiously at for a few weeks or a few months. My chosen course, http://continuingstudies.wisc.edu/lsa/online/writing/creative-nonfiction.htm will allow me to work at my own pace in my own time for up to a year. This sounds my kind of course.

What am I hoping to learn from this? Well, having just published my 1950s school memoir I’m looking for support and guidance as I branch out beyond my comfort zone to write a little local history coupled with memoir about the old swimming pool I grew up with, almost in, during the 1960s. I’m hoping the course will keep me motivated as well as provide me with feedback along the way.

I did this last time, participated in a couple of little courses to help me along the way. They proved useful in keeping me on task over a journey that took longer than it should. I’ve allowed myself more research and writing time for this latest project, but decided a course might be more useful at the beginning of the journey than further down the track.

So, thank you to all those who’ve shared posts about the courses you’re undertaking. You are my inspiration. Now all I need do is sit back and wait for the first module to roll in. What have I let myself in for?

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3 thoughts on “Inspired by Others

  1. I wish you the best of luck with your course. I am part way through a correspondence Creative Writing course myself and it is brilliant – definitely the best thing I ever did. I’ve got a bit sidetracked with the novel writing…. but I do intend to carry on and finish the course as it covers all aspects of writing including for TV and Radio which I would imagine are different skills altogether. Hope you enjoy yours! 🙂

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