Guest Post By Jasmine June Cabanaw
All good writers have ways of honing their craft. People who want to write professionally usually obtain degrees which involve some form of writing, whether it be essays, creative writing, or literature analysis. But attending post-secondary school isn’t always an option, especially for people who start writing later in life. When you’ve got an existing career or kids to care for, an online writing course is a great option. Check out the top three benefits below:
Lower Total Costs
Post-secondary courses and writing workshops can be expensive. In addition to the price of the course, you have to factor in transportation costs and any money lost from taking time off work. Traditional writing courses also tend to include registration fees and sometimes pricey textbooks.
In contrast, any online writing course that’s worth taking won’t have any hidden fees associated with it. Many companies will offer a course taster, too, so you can get a feel for what the course will be like before you sign up. You wouldn’t want to purchase a glass of expensive wine without tasting it first, right? With online writing courses, you can sample a few before deciding on the one that best suits your palette.
Convenience and Flexibility
It pretty much goes without saying that taking an online writing course offers you flexibility, but we still want to emphasize how truly great of a benefit this is. With an online writing course, there is never any need to take time off work, find a babysitter, hire someone to walk your dog, or figure out a way to juggle your busy schedule.
Being able to take the course in the comfort of your home also means that you can stay in your pajamas. And that you can sit in your favorite comfy chair. While sipping a cup of tea. Can you see why we love this yet?
Writing courses and workshops offer limited subjects. Even a writer’s dream city, like San Francisco, will not always have courses on topics you want to study. Your options are even more limited if you don’t live in a city. Commuting two hours just to take a workshop rarely seems worth it (unless it’s by a writing master, of course, and then by all means, do it!)
Oftentimes, writing courses will also require prerequisites. If you missed out on the prerequisite courses, you might be waiting a full year until you can take the course you want. What is a writer to do?
Online writing courses to the rescue! You can study anything your little writer’s heart desires. A quick Google search will reveal courses on everything from writing an e-book to crafting your memoir. In addition to craft courses, you’ll also find courses on how to market your writing, how to publish, and how to generally be a successful writer.