I’ll just cut to the chase here, because I know everybody’s busy writing, writing, writing. But maybe you’d like to try your hand at writing something a little different? Maybe you’re an essay writer who’d like a few pointers on fiction writing? Or a short story writer who’d like to try poetry?
You can take writing classes from top colleges and universities for free. Um, let me repeat that, just in case you weren’t paying attention to the free part. YOU CAN TAKE WRITING CLASSES FROM TOP COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES FOR FREE. And you can take them online, in the privacy of your own little home, in your own little pajamas.
And while I’m mentioning free college courses, you might be interested to know that in many states, folks over 65 can take ANY class in a state college or university for free. In fact, the qualifying age varies from state to state, so check your hometown college and university for more information.
So, if you’re looking for a sweet writing class, for FREE, here’s a great site to get the information all in one place. And won’t you feel grand when you tell your friends that you’re studying poetry at Yale?
(See Junior Hall? He’s smiling and pointing at Juniorest Hall. He can smile because Mom and Dad paid for his college degree, the one he got in creative writing, penning a ton of poetry. Pffft. On the other hand, Juniorest Hall, sitting around in pj’s all day, is not a pretty sight. So I guess it all works out in the end. Except that I still don’t understand his poetry. Maybe I should take the Yale class.)
That’s the tip I got from Fiona Ingram, who’s over at Finders & Keepers today, discussing her book, The Secret of the Sacred Scarab. Well, technically, she’s discussing the writing of the book, and it’s good stuff.
Fiona started out to write a simple book about two boys and their adventure in Egypt and ended up with a series. How does that happen? I could explain it, but Fiona does a much more eloquent job. So give her a visit, ask her a question or two. She’s a lovely person (really, she’s kinda gorgeous), and quite the interesting writer. Oh, and she self-published her book (and then got a contract from a traditional publisher…how’d that happen?)
Um, I should probably dash over to my other blog and ask Fiona myself! Follow me…cathychall.wordpress.com
I’m so excited! And I just can’t hide it! Which, to be perfectly honest, is the whole point of Tooting My Horn Tuesdays. (Um, yeah. That was a bad pun, but I had to pointer out. Aaaack!)
My story, “Mary Beth’s Prophecy” is now live over at Big Pulp. I really love that story, even though it is a bit twisted. I really like Big Pulp, too. Tons of great speculative fiction: a little bit of horror, science fiction, fantasy, crime, mystery, and a lot of twisted.
Speaking of twisted, the beneficent Mr. Hall often speaks of a woman who worked for his family when he was a tiny tot of beneficence. On Monday mornings, she would talk about how she’d gone out on Saturday night and got “her wig twisted.”
I’m so excited about “Mary Beth’s Prophecy” that I might go out and get my wig twisted right now.