To take a writing course or not to take a writing course …

I am currently considering signing up for an online writing course (Creative Writing Stage One – Australian Writer’s Centre) to improve my writing skills and get a writing qualification under my belt. I have completed a Bachelor of Arts (Communication Studies and Ancient History) and a Bachelor of Laws, but I am thinking now I really need a writing course to ‘iron out the bugs’ and improve my writing skills, hopefully to a standard for publication.

The course runs over a four week period an is totally online, which suits me as I have a young family and it would be difficult to travel and stay in a major city for extended periods. The price is reasonable, though, for me, as a single income family of four, a big decision. I’d like, no, I’d love to do a course like this, but, as with all things, money is a major factor and will heavily influence my decision.

I’ve read a lot of feedback and reviews from people who have completed not only this course, but other similar courses offered by similar institutions. They are mostly all positive, and nearly all said the course benefited their writing. The biggest encouragement they received was one on one feedback from the teachers/tutors running the course. I imagine this type of assistance would be invaluable for a person learning the craft of writing.

So, I guess I am left with a decision – do I spend and suffer a financial hit in the short term for a probable long term improvement in my writing, or do I save the money, keep reading ‘How To…’ books and writing, writing and writing? Pretty sure I know the answer (sign up for the course), I’m just not 100% sold on the expenditure yet.