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OK, so I probably should have written about this sooner, but I’ve been lazy busy. Back in June I was perusing online writing classes and came across the Stanford Writer’s Workshop. I was intrigued!  Moi, a Stanford student…oh my, I had heart palpitations from the intoxicating delusions of grandeur. But, after scouring that entire site for an hour or so, I wasn’t able to find out how much each course cost, which led to more Googling, which led me to the UCLA Writer’s Extension website. There I was able to download their pdf course catalog and clearly see the prices which average about $550 per ten week class. Not too much different from any other University class I’d taken in the past.

As a bonus, because these programs are geared to working adults, neither University program requires any kind of registration application because these are not degree programs and are not going to give you any kind of marketable diploma at the end, unless you do their certificate program, which I’d still argue is pretty much useless in the real world. I also managed to find a couple of good reviews for the UCLA program, but nothing on Stanford’s. Finally, when the Stanford summer registration opened, I was able to see the prices…$750 per class…quite a bit more than UCLA for what seemed to be just about the same thing. Needless to say, the cheap me won out and I registered at UCLA for their Fiction 1 class taught by Harry Youtt and Judith Prager. The program website can be found here http://blogs.uclaextension.edu/writers/

I’m now about half way through the course and I’m enjoying it! Much more than I thought I would, though there are a couple of things I wish were different, such as a forum for the students to chat rather than being limited to the specific assignment topics on the blackboard. The biggest bonus is it’s forced me to focus on different styles and techniques, many I never would have attempted on my own, such as first person narrative.

Yesterday I posted about one of the exercises that used Hemingway’s “A Clean Well Lighted Place”, and as I wrote there, it was my favourite so far. I’ll post more as I find the time and describe the course format a little bit better.

I know when I was looking for information about this program, it took me ages to find anyone who’d taken and reviewed it, and so, if anyone reading this would like to ask specific questions, please feel free to ask in the comments or via email by clicking the contact button in the top menu.

Happy Tuesday!

The Cheeky One

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