10 reasons why you should consider taking a writing course:
1. Writing can be learned. Even though writing feels natural to you, there is always space for improvement. A writing class or literary workshop will give your talent the needed background education and open your mind to a lot of helpful tips and tricks that can be used in practice.
2. Say yes to some writing theory. While visiting a literary workshop embrace the theoretical education on the craft of writing. Learn helpful writing skills for your specific genre. Having clear theoretical foundations will always come in handy.
3. Meet people with common interests. Writing in the company of others with similar interests is always rewarding, as most of the time writing is a solitary activity. Meeting people and doing some networking is always helpful for the future.
4. Reading is the food for your own creative development. In most workshops you do not only write but you also are given lots of reading material. You will discover authors and writing styles you may find interesting, surprised by or decide to mimic.
5. Homework time! Take the homework seriously. Most home exercises are designed to expand your horizon, encourage your writing and even loosen up the infamous writers block!
6. It may help you to find a writing routine. By delivering assignments on time, you will be forced to sit down and fill out those empty white pages. As you make time to write, the easier it will be in the future to dedicate a certain day and time during the week. Developing a writing routine is a great way to focus on your book.
7. Take advantage of the presence of the teacher. They will lead you in the right direction, improve common writing mistakes and improve or define your writing style.
8. In a writing workshop you can test out your limits and overcome boundaries that prevent you from writing. Sharing your funny or frustrating writing experiences with fellow writers/authors is a great exercise to see how others have reached their writing potential.
9. The fun factor; writing should be a pleasure: take advantage of all the opportunities that are given to you while attending the class no matter how silly they seem. Participate in games, roll plays, chats and lectures, all designed to inspire you and push your creativity.
10. It¬īs a great way to promote yourself and your work. Who knows who you might encounter at the workshop or which teachers interest you might catch that would like to become your mentor. Additionally most courses have expositions or open door and open house events that showcase the talent to the public or important communities. You never know who you might meet at these types of events.