I believe in continuing education.
I am constantly taking courses and attending workshops on a variety of subjects. My most recent course was not related to actually writing but marketing for authors. I figured once I get my book finished this would be beneficial since I will be self publishing.
However, some of the other courses I have taken the past few years have included Creative Writing, The craft of Magazine Writing, Web Design, Romance Writing Secrets, Social Media Certification and a myriad of other writing programs. Everyone of them was beneficial to me.
That’s why I decided to pass on this information to my writing friends on these very reasonably priced courses that can be done from anywhere and don’t require years of study.
I have many interests as you can probably tell from the type of courses I have attended and enjoyed. Not all of them are related to writing exactly but all have assisted me with my writing career.
Each course runs anywhere from a week to 6 weeks and are at all different levels of learning whether you are a beginning writer or someone wanting to brush up on some neglected skills. My next one is going to be grammar – something I have a tendency to be not very good at.
Website / Internet Workshops and Programs
Obtaining my Online Book Marketing Certification was really interesting and I learned so much in terms of book marketing, virtual book tours, web site design for authors and allowed me to connect with other writers and authors with similar interests. VAClassroom does not have courses for writers but their courses are needed by writers who wish to have a website, market their writing, connect through social media and for learning more about the internet. I have taken four of their courses and not regretted any of them. Have a look at what they have to offer.
ed2go has hundreds of courses on every subject imaginable. They are inexpensive, well developed and good value.
The craft of Magazine Writing
If you’re a new writer, or if you haven’t written for magazines in years, this class will jump start your creative juices. You’ll learn plenty of powerful brainstorming techniques designed to motivate and teach you techniques for your future articles. The Craft of Magazine Writing
A Writer’s Guide to Descriptive Settings
I figure this one should be very helpful when a travel writing is having difficulty writing about their surroundings. A Writer’s Guide to Descriptive Settings
Get Paid to Travel
I have taken this very helpful course when I first started writing – it helped give me the confidence to pursue some of my dreams. If you love to travel and enjoy working with individuals, tour directing, tour guiding, and cruise hosting may be the career for you! As a professional tour director or tour guide, you’re hired by tour operators, destination management companies, and incentive houses to escort groups on local programs, domestic tours, international tours, and cruises. Get Paid to Travel
Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers
Who doesn’t know the fear of the blank page? How can we transform our visions into the written word? Is it really possible to become a terrific writer? You’ll find the answer to these and more of your questions in Writeriffic. In this high-energy class you’ll learn lots of tricks from the published writer’s toolbox. Writeriffic: Creativity Training for Writers
The summer is almost over (ouch) and it’s time to start thinking of upgrading our skills so our writing stays fresh and beneficial to our readers. Besides, learning is fun. Below is a link to the catalog from ed2go so you can see what other courses they offer.
PS: Most of these courses can be taken through a local community college if you would prefer. Click here to take an online course from a local community college
HERE’S ed2go full catalog! Full ed2go Catalog
A freelance writer/photographer and columnist, Carol Ann has traveled extensively throughout Canada, USA, Mexico, Central America and most recently China. She regularly contributes to a variety of online and print magazines. Recent articles can be found in Senior Living, RVwest, Mature Years, Escapees and Elderly Elder. She was a contributing author to the award-winning book RV Traveling Tales – Women’s Journey of the Open Road. Her most memorable trip was backpacking and documenting a three month journey with her children throughout Central America.