The Writing Course

I am on the tale end of a week-long online writing course, for which I paid good money and had high expectations.

I’ll cut to the chase.

It’s been a huge disappointment. Well, maybe not huge, but definitely sort of.

Each day, we were asked to submit an excerpt of our work-in-progress (WIP), rewritten to follow the instructions as outlined by the moderator. These were posted on a forum which was open for comments from our classmates and from the course moderator (who happens to be one of my favorite editors).

While I greatly value the constructive feedback from the moderator and most of my peers, there are always some in the crowd who wreck it for me. And for everyone else. In this case, there is one that stands out.

Let’s call her “Miss Massacre”.

I truly believe that this woman couldn’t crank out a compliment if her life depended on it. She’s trashed every single person’s work, on every single day of this course. And the kicker here is that her own work really isn’t very good. Oh, believe me, there are things I could say about that. But I have refrained from stooping to her level and I just don’t post anything at all where her stuff is concerned.

Why do people do this?

Maybe her boyfriend just broke up with her. Maybe she has a splinter in her – um – foot. Maybe she lost her job. Maybe she’s just like this all the time. Who knows? Unfortunately, Miss Massacre made the whole online course experience very unpleasant.

So what now? I take the constructive stuff and rework my own writing to make it better. I thank God for a great connection with a fellow writer from the land of Far-Far-Away. I forget about Miss Massacre’s massacre and move on.

Thanks for reading. Come again.

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2 responses to “The Writing Course

  1. Such a bummer. Some people seem to thrive on delivering bad news I guess. Other than her, was the course worth it? I am often tempted by the plethora of online writing courses and classes but with no money to spare I am not ready to go that route.
    Susie

    http://susieklein.wordpress.com/

    • Susie, to answer your question – yes, I think the course was worth it. I have taken a number of online writing courses over the years and some have been fantastic, while others were a waste of money. I’d say this one was about in the middle. It’s hard to know which ones will be good before you start. My expectations of this one were a lot higher than what it delivered, hence my disappointment. Overall, though, I would recommend some of these courses when you have the resources to do so!

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