I’ll be offline for the next week as I’m off to the Swanwick Summer Writers’ School. Eek! Nervous and excited all in one.
Although I love working at home and having the freedom to work whenever I want, I do miss having colleagues. When I complained to a fellow writer friend, she suggested taking a course. I’d just come back from the London Book Fair and I was bubbling over with writing and marketing ideas. I’d also made tons of connections with bloggers and other writers. A course sounded like the perfect idea.
I did some research and quickly discovered courses primarily fell into two categories. The first category is a writers’ retreat where the main goal is to get away from the world and write. That didn’t appeal to me. If I want to do that, I’ll book a vacation somewhere I want to go. The other category is writing courses for those who don’t write professionally but who would like to get started. These courses are primarily set in wonderful locations and half of the time is spent going on excursions. Not what I was looking for.
Via Wikipedia (they should really pay me for marketing), I discovered The Writers’ Summer School at Swanwick, a week-long summer school. The agenda is packed full of interesting courses. Some are longer over a few days and some are seminars. Specialist courses such as “Making Crime Pay” and “Secrets of Sitcom” sound right up my alley. There’s also tons of evening entertainment, which kind of freaks me out.
I’ll let you know how it goes. In the meantime, have a great weekend.