Hurrah! I have finally got round to doing the second assignment of The Writers' Bureau Freelance Journalism Course I started back in October 2009! The reason why I am behind is that just after I enrolled on the course I started getting more articles accepted for publication, and I've been too busy writing articles and getting them accepted to do the course!! Typical - but I'm delighted. I still intend on finishing the course as it looks a fantastic and interesting course and we can all do with improving our writing. I've learned a lot from it already and I'm sure I will continue to do so.
The first assignment was just a simple introductory one for the tutor to get to know me and my style of writing: my background; what I write, why I write; what I want to achieve with my writing. I wrote a piece of sample writing on Much Wenlock Farmer's Market and completed a personal profile questionnaire. I was so pleased with my tutor's positive and encouraging comments on my assignment and she gave me some good pointers on how I might improve.
This second assignment was more indepth as I had to choose a magazine and write a full analysis of it; write an outline of an article I could submit to them and the actual article! It's nothing I haven't done before but it's great practise for me and nice to have it looked at by a professional writer and tutor before I submit it to the magazine - will let you know how I get on!
I must keep on track with this course now as I'd like to finish it in reasonal time and go back to my original plan and do the Open University course I wanted to do so I can get a Diploma in Creative Writing. With one thing and another I had to back out of it at the last minute and I didn't think I'd be able to do a course at all until this October - but as luck would have it circumstances changed and I could do the journalism one. I'd love to do the Writers' Bureau short story writing course as well - so I'm wavering between the two at the moment! Either way I know I'll enjoy it.
I think it does writers good to take a course or two along their writing journey. It's done me the power of good and has certainly improved my writing. As my recent article in Writers' Forum pointed out: there are so many courses out there for writers that it can be difficult for writers to know which courses are best for them. I hope my article helped writers to decide which courses to try and I know I've been lucky with my course choices so far.
My article writing plans this week are to finish the two current articles I'm writing on the subject of writing and get them submitted. After this I'll be doing assignment three (on letter writing and fillers in magazines / newspapers). Then I will be taking a break from article writing for a while so that I concentrate on the reason I initially started this writing journey: short stories! I will still be posting on here anything useful that pops into my head to do with article writing and keeping you updated on the progress/fate of any articles I have out there at the moment - I just won't be writing any new ones unless, as does usually happen, I get a great idea for one and am compelled to write it (or I get fed up with the short story writing and start diversion article writing!)