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Phil Istine
April 7th, 2015, 07:03 PM
N.B. I checked with da Big Boss Cran about posting this and he suggested this part of the forum to me.

There is a brief eight week, free online course called "Start Writing Fiction" at futurelearn.com starting on 27th April 2015.
The full link is:

https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/...riting-fiction (https://www.futurelearn.com/courses/start-writing-fiction)

I thought this might be of use to some on here.
As an aside, if the fiction writing course doesn't float your boat, there are many other short courses on that site covering a wide variety of subjects.

KellInkston
April 8th, 2015, 08:07 AM
Awesome link, thank you!

Gargh
April 8th, 2015, 10:17 AM
For what it's worth, I did the course in the beta stage (I don't think it's changed much). It is pretty basic, but the resources are decent and the participation and feedback from peers was high. It does get a bit repetitive though. It's 8 weeks and I ditched it at six and a half because I was just bored. However, it is meant to be introductory and I'd already been writing for a couple of years by then. It may be worth knowing as well that there's a facebook group for participants/'graduates' (https://www.facebook.com/groups/634095830008951/?fref=ts) that was set up by some of the betas because the social/networking features on futurelearn aren't very good.

TKent
April 8th, 2015, 01:18 PM
SWEET!! I've done a lot of free courses online but never found a good one for fiction!

TKent
April 9th, 2015, 01:38 PM
I've signed up for this for what it is worth. I love taking classes, what can I say ;)

Marstouria
July 5th, 2016, 03:04 PM
Just wanted to add my comment that I've done a couple of courses on Future Learn - one on writing and the other on police procedures, and both were of very high quality.

Eric Romano
August 26th, 2016, 09:07 AM
I'll definitely givefuturelearn a try.
I have a problem with writer's block. It happens every week. It's like when I'm done writing a really well-researched piece of article, I'm out of thoughts for the next 3 days. A friend of mine suggested a website where I could find ideas and research papers on a huge variety of topics. It was helpful for reference but again, it's hard to write something if your mind isn't active.
There's an odd time when you get that instant flow of words. Maybe when I'm sleeping, taking a shower, in a restroom or just sitting on my desk at work (an epiphany). But I have to wait for it.

Ultraroel
August 26th, 2016, 05:44 PM
I might give it a try. Never taken any kind of course, only did my own research and wondering what it will entail.

shivanib
August 27th, 2016, 12:05 AM
Thanks for the resource! The accountability factor for courses like these (no matter the content) is definitely a big thing.