Originally Posted by fullofgrace
I know you can't share too much about the course, but can you give an example of a homework assignment and how much time each week it took? I'm wondering if I should add it to my plate or not.
I can't tell you what the exact assignments are but I can give you some details.
There is one assignment a week...some are shorter...some are longer...I spent no more than one hour per week on each assignment average...some took me ten minutes, some took more than an hour...however...I write very fast....my first assign was almost 1000 wds and took an hour...and I don't proof much.
You get the assignment..then you post it to your "study group" which is a bulletin board
Then the other students critique and they are kind...for the first lesson the mentors also critique but after the first the students have learned how and it's up to them.
The final lesson is a short story...the others focus on different aspects of writing..characterization, dialog etc. I found it very helpful...for example one of the first assignments I actually used characters from my novel so I could work out an issue I was having..nothing I wrote made it into the novel but it helped me work out things in my mind as to my character and her motivation etc.
There are chats on Sun and Wed nights which are optional..they are pretty informal..we talk about the assignment but we often digress...it's fun
I've gotten great story ideas out of there and one spawned a short story that will be published in a literary journal
I found the biggest advantage for me was using it to either work out something for my novel OR get my mind off my novel and clear out space in my brain.
It is all FREE though you can upgrade to full mentor support...I did that and found it helpful.
Though one of her critiques made me laugh a little...I used "shut up" in a dialog and she commented that she preferred "be quiet" because shut up was so rude sounding...I was going for rude
Anyway..I found it very worthwhile..tons of people didn't finish..but it was good