How to Choose a Writing Course

With so many writing courses available to choose from, make sure that you choose a class that is right for you. There are many questions that you need to ask yourself before choosing a writing class. Recognize also, that it is not just the writing class you are choosing, but also the teacher who will be teaching the course. Consider the following list of steps as you choose a writing course.


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    Determine the type of writing class you wish to take. Decide whether you are looking for basic writing skills or a more mechanical intermediate class. There are many types of classes available, from technical to creative, non-fiction to fiction; and then there are the genres that break everything into categories. You may decide that you don't want to specialize in anything, and that improving your general writing skill is your goal. You need to be clear about what you want to learn before looking around.
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    Decide whether you want to go to an onsite writing class or one that is online. Onsite classes are a good forum since you can physically meet your instructor and the other students in your class. However, an online class is more convenient if you have children or need to work around other commitments.
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    Do your research before making a decision. Surf online for writing courses, or in trade magazines. But don't sign up for any course without first learning what that feedback is on a particular course you may be interested in. You could easily search for feedback online. If the course was bad, you will likely hear about it. If possible, ask about the teacher. The course itself may be interesting, but you need a teacher who will guide you and be available, especially if you have questions or concerns.
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    Contact the teacher and ask about the writing class offered. Even if you feel that you have all the information you need, contact the instructor and evaluate the response. Determine whether the response time was prompt enough for you and whether the instructor answered your questions to your satisfaction. Based on the response, decide whether you will be able to work with the instructor.
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    Evaluate the instructor's blog, if one exists. Usually a blog is a good indicator about the person. You get an idea about the person's personality and the way the teacher responds to commenters. You get an idea about the instructor's writing style also, and you can decide if this person can offer you what you need as far as writing help. A blog reveals many things about the writer, because it allows for freedom of speech in a relaxed forum. Again, you can contact the instructor via the blog and determine whether you will be able to work well with this person as your writing instructor.

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