I have mentioned before that I’m taking a college course in creative writing. I’m taking it because I wanted to learn some of the mechanics behind the writing and go beyond my own creativity with actual training. Don’t get me wrong, gut instinct is very good when it comes to writing, but sometimes we could use a course or two to learn about voice, point of view, hooks, etc.
The wonderful thing about the internet is now you may not necessarily have to register for college courses to learn these things, unless your end goal is a degree. You can find some great online classes or workshops on these same topics. Lynette Labelle is a certified copyeditor and proofreader with over 10 years experience. She understands the craft of writing and offers classes that can help new writers avoid the pitfalls that may either delay or prevent publication. In April, she is offering a relatively inexpensive course entitled Hook, Line, and Sinker: How to Hook Readers and Reel Them In.
Lynette is also holding an awesome follower contest. The prize is an opportunity to have either a critique of your first 500 words of your manuscript or your query letter. Head on over to her blog, Lynette Labelle, for more details about entering the contest. However, you’d have to sign up by Sunday, March 13 (tomorrow). Her blog also has great information about her classes.