I’ve been writing for a few years now. I’ve never really learned how to write though. School was obviously a big help. I’ve read a bit too. And I’ve picked up a few things from mentors, reviewers and editors. I practice as a writer but can’t say I know the process.
A creative writing course is where I could learn the process. I’m wondering whether I want to though. Part of me says no. I’d like to carry on picking things up along my writerly journey, preserving my writing as a craft. Another part of me says I need to. Besides unpacking my writing and hopefully repackaging it into something more publishable, it’ll give me legitimacy as a(n unpublished creative) writer.
What do I mean by legitimacy? Well, I suppose, if I’ve got a piece of paper that says I’ve learned the basics (at the very least), my writing might stand up better to scrutiny. I’ll have a piece of paper that says I’ve learned about writing, and I’ll have the vocabulary to better understand and explain how I write.
The question in the title is not rhetorical though. I really would like to know what value you see in creative writing courses, which you might recommend, at what level, face-to-face or online, and any other considerations you think are important. I know I should take a course for more than just gaining legitimacy. If nothing else, it’ll be a chance to connect with other writers, and go through the highs and lows of our journeys together. So what do you reckon? Should I?