Writing Course

Applied for a Short Course on Creative Writing through the Adelaide College of the Arts, a division of TAFE SA today. It is the deadline but having made the phone call to them, they know it is coming. It is a bit silly that for an organisation like the TAFE that to apply, you have to fill in a paper form and send in the post. In this day and age, a simple online registration form would make sense, especially for an online course!

Anyway, looking forward to it kicking off in mid February. That will put a bit of a stop on my novel development for a while, but as the course covers editing and preparing for submissions it will be all worth it in the end.

In the mean time, thanks to a friend, I am polishing off the Sky Ships story for the Bath Short Story competition. Got until the end of March to get it done. Entry fee is UK 5 Pounds (about AUS$7.50) with first price UK 500 Pounds (about AUS$750.00) which would be a nice little bit of profit if chosen as the winner. It will be a bit tougher as it’s an international competition, so will be lots of other stories to be going up against, particularly those who have had more published than I have.


New Year, Old Stories

2013 has begun with a bit of a slow start on the writing front. Very typical for me this time of year with a busy period at work, hot days and nights.

Writer’s Group kicked off again for the year on Wednesday night. Was a different way to get our creative juices going. Shared the first scene from last year’s NaNoWriMo  novel. This was unedited, so it’s in a very raw version. Still, it set the scene for the novel and world it is set in. Hoping to finish the novel off by the end of June before I lock it away for a few months and work on other projects. The only thing that might put a stop to that is if I decide to do the TAFE course on writing that will take up time from February to July part time. At least it is online so don’t have to leave the house to do the course. There are other options to do day/weekend trips to Adelaide to do a mini-course on various topics. The main one that I am interested in is doing an editing class, as I feel that is where I lack the most skill.