Thinking of improving your writing with an online class or critique services?
Within the past year, I’ve enrolled in two separate classes and recently used a critique service. Two of the three services were well worth the cost. The other, was not.
I felt the first class I took, writing non-fiction, wasn’t worth the $175.00. I know, I was crazy to pay the price but when you’re a mom stuck at home and can’t get out to take a class, you’ll pay almost anything.
I took the class through University of Wisconsin Continuing Education. I was looking forward to was unique lessons and thorough critiques which were advertised in the description of the class. Unfortunately, many of the lessons were directly out of a book I already owned. I was also disappointed in the critiques, which included comments like, Great. Looks good. Those types of comments aren’t for me. I want the ones that say, “This doesn’t work because…” or “I’m confused here because.” That’s the only way to become a better writer.
The second online class I took was worth the cost of $99.00. It was Advanced Fiction through Ed2Go. The instructor, Steve Alcorn, wrote an interesting, funny, easy to understand curriculum. He did not critique or give much feedback, but there was a good discussion board and if I had a question, it was answered within a day. I couldn’t wait for each lesson and was sad when the class was over.
The third online service I used as an online critique service by C. S. Lakin. She gave a thorough critique of my first 10 pages, which ended up being two chapters of my chapter book. I felt her price, $45.00, was worth it. She gave honest comments about confusing parts, parts that she felt worked, and suggestions. She wrote in such a friendly manner it was like having a friend talk to me. I recommend her services.
Have you taken an online writing course? If so, tell us about your experience.