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Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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I signed up for Farland's 318R Creative Writing Class this fall. Do any of you have any suggestions or ideas of the best way to prepare and/or best way to get as much out of it as possible? For those who have already taken this class, what has been your experience? I'm excited to learn from a master.

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Topic starter Posted : July 11, 2021 6:02 am
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NVHaskell
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So happy that you signed up! My class just finished this past Wednesday and I got more out of it than I ever expected. My first recommendation is to get to know your fellow classmates. Our group had a range of writers from novice to multiple book authors with an array of experience and knowledge. Because of this there was a wealth of additional information provided in the chats during class. That being said, he assigns you to writing groups, but mine was a bust. Because we were in different time zones, and I work 60-80 hours a week, I had difficulty coordinating anything other than emails.

I am old school and sometimes have difficulty integrating audio information, so I took notes throughout each lecture to reinforce the information and also to absorb tidbits of wisdom for future use. Dave does send you the PowerPoint presentations and the classes are recorded but I'm always afraid that I will miss something. 

Have fun with the writing assignments. I sent Dave three completely different stories, one that was previously an HM, a new story that will probably never go anywhere else, and the first two chapters of a completed manuscript. His critiques and insight were exactly what I needed to push my writing forward.

Hope that this was helpful and that you enjoy it as much as I did.

 

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Posted : July 11, 2021 8:06 am
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I enjoyed the class as well. My recommendations would be to try to attend every class live and not rely on the recordings - I think we get more out of it that way. Also, try to get as much out of your writing group as you can. I had a great one, but I had a friend whose group didn't really do much of anything, so it's luck of the draw. Dave loves questions, so just pay attention and get all you can out of it. Enjoy!

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Posted : July 11, 2021 6:50 pm
Scott_M_Sands
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Wow, the time zone thing is really killing me.  grrrrr grrrrr  

I saw the 318R course advertised a while ago. I'd love to do it, but living in Australia means the times for lectures are all impractical for me. (obviously, they can't cater the course for one international person, though!) I know you can sign up to do the assignments and things without being live, but like Rebecca said it would be good to attend the lectures live. I think you also miss out on feedback if you do the half price option. Sigh.

The international thing the same reason I can't get to Superstars yet, which I'd love to attend. 

That said, Australia is pretty amazing. And I guess you never know what the future holds.

 

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Posted : July 18, 2021 7:16 am
Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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@scott_m_sands I know what you mean, in part. It will be pretty late to attend in person for me in my time zone, but not too bad. I'm est. But, yeah, I imagine Australia has its strong points, Smile

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Topic starter Posted : July 18, 2021 4:00 pm
AlexH
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I agree with Becky about attending live if possible as things like this are always better that way, though I signed up despite the live lectures being unsuited to my time zone. So recordings it'll be for me!

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Posted : July 24, 2021 4:53 am
Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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@alexh Cool beans! I'm hoping to be able to catch all of the live lectures, but for me it will be on the late side of the day and my brain processes things better first thing in the morning while I sip on my coffee. Perhaps we can use this page to reflect on lessons learned from the workshop as we go through the exercises. typing  

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Topic starter Posted : July 24, 2021 6:19 am
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Physa/ Guthington/ Amy
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Farland's first class last night was awesome. Anyone else in attendance? I love Farland's optimism that anyone can be a successful writer with the right work ethic, etc. typing  

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Topic starter Posted : September 10, 2021 7:21 am
AlexH
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I'm a lecture behind. I only expected one a week! 😀 And after what I said above about attending the live lectures, now I think I may be better off watching the recordings, as at least I can pause to make notes. So much good info.

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