I'm still on the subject of writing courses. This time it's on-line courses. Those of you who read this blog regularly will know that I've been running a tutoring and editing service on-line for some time. One of my greatest pleasures is meeting writers through their writing.
A natural progression is an on-line writing course. Because I'm fascinated with historical fiction and its potential, and because an eminent agent believes it is 'the next big thing in publishing', in conjunction with InkWell, I've set up InkWellHistoricalFiction.
I'm qualified to tutor this - and for anyone thinking of signing up to any course, be it on-line or off-line, qualification is important. My latest novel, 'A Type of Beauty, the story of Kathleen Newton (1854-1882)' is in the historical fiction genre. My research has carried me from the National Archives in Kew, London to Paris and India and back to Ireland. I've learned about applying history to fiction, living in Victorian times, the social niceties, mode of dress, etc. and applying all to make a modern novel.
I'm contacted by men and women who would like to do a writing course but who for a variety of reasons cannot travel; others wish to write but aren't sure how to go about starting. and there are those who are, perhaps, stuck at say, research or finding the voice of their story.
For people who would like the benefit of professional assistance, on-line courses are the answer. And the best thing is that you'll have individual attention from course tutor, specifically tailored to meet your needs whether it be structuring your work and dividing on voice of your story, or characters, plotline, locations, style and technique.
Look into http://www.inkwellwriters.ie/ - there are several on-line courses on offer and most importatly all are given by professional writers who excell in their particular genre.