I’ve joined a five-week online creative writing course and it starts today. I’ve got a week to delve into Week 1, or Module 1, and an assignment is due before midnight next Sunday. It will follow the same pattern for the entire course.
Some readers will be aware I’ve been part of writing groups previously. Masterclasses, informal writing groups, pitching to publisher days. It’s been wonderful and I’ve met a great many writers who are generous with advice and feedback.
However, for a while now, I’ve felt that I’m not getting bang for my buck, particularly with the masterclasses. Back in 2018, when I went to my first 5-day session, I took my laptop, expecting that as a group we would undertake writing tasks, and the tutor would provide extensive feedback on our extracts.
A pretty reasonable assumption. A fairly common, run-of-the-mill strategy.
But a day into the class, I discovered none of that happened, or was going to happen. Instead, our tutor guided us in worksheets in the morning sessions and in the afternoon, everyone present provided feedback to the individual writers. Except the tutor.
Now, I know that having work critiqued is a huge part of growing as a writer. It’s valuable, helpful and necessary. I know I wouldn’t be where I am today without finding that group, the tutor and those other writers. (And of course, you wonderful friends here on WP.)
But, I really still expect more from the tutor. And I don’t think that’s too much to ask. I’m not ending my connections with this tutor or the other writers, it’s more about needing more and actively seeking it.
And here I am. Giving this course through the Australian Writers’ Centre a crack. Hopefully, I’ll get more ideas about how to turn my nut-brown, dull, lifeless, and plot-hole-filled manuscript into a work that shines and sparkles.