I've enrolled in a writing course with The Writers Bureau. Its something I've been considering for some time now. I sent for some information a few months back and since then I've been receiving e-mail after e-mail trying to entice me in!
It would seem it worked.
I enrolled on one of their courses back in January 2007. I was stupid and went for the comprehensive course, the one that covers both fiction and non-fiction. I suppose it was good for one thing at least: I knew afterwards that I wanted nothing to do with non-fiction. Needless to say I never had enough interest to make it to the fiction portion and I abandoned the course. I've kicked myself ever since.
But I'm older now and more determined than ever. I've gone for their Novel and Short Story Writing Course so I'm expecting to get nothing but the most useful of information from it. My first assignment is a simple questionnaire about myself, 300 words about why I want to write and a 300-500 word description of a place/event of my choosing.
Sounds pretty straight forward so far!