What classes have you taken that helped you in your writing, either in person or distance ed? Are there any university distance education classes that you can recommend from personal experience? I took a creative nonfiction class (an old fashioned snail-mail correspondence class) a few years ago. It was helpful for building my confidence and one of my essays was later published, but for several reasons I wont recommend that specific class. But it was worthwhile and I'm glad I took it. I'm thinking of taking another class on mythology in literature. Although I don't have much native interest in the topic (other than The Odyssey, I've never read much in the genre) I think it could be interesting, and might help my critical reading and writing. I just know it will force me to read and wrote, which can't hurt.