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Writing course wishlist

Writing course wishlist

I have $20 to spend on a writing course. Woohoo! 

How? I filled out the Australian Writers’ Centre survey and they gave it to me. For free. It was quick and easy to do. I love this team of industry professionals, they are so generous and welcoming!

So the question is: 

Which one??? 

Click on the course name to be directed to the website and a full description. 
Advanced Fiction Writing

I’ve done the creative writing stage 1 course, this is supposed to be the next step. I’m hesitating, because I like to jump steps and some of the other courses on this list grab me more. But I’m also not sure this is a step I can afford to jump?!

Write your novel program

This is a six month program, which means it’s really exxy overall, but great value on a monthly basis. I’m not sure which novel to use it on – the current first draft or the shiny new idea or even the 15 year idea that I keep shelving? But I’m really tempted to try it. 

Editing Essentials

I want my novel to be the best it can be before I submit it to agents or publishers. That means not submitting my first draft. I need to know how to edit. Full stop. 

Kate Forsyth’s History, Mystery and Magic course

I want to write a novel like this one day and I want to sit a course led by Kate Forsyth. So this would be amazing! Full details are not yet available, tear. So I’ll have to wait.

What course would you take? Have you taken any of them before? 

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Helvellyn and Aira ForceĀ 

Helvellyn and Aira ForceĀ 

The Lakes are a beautiful place. Enchanting and absorbing. It’s the kind of place where you turn a corner and expect to find a faery ring.

On the final night of my visit I dreamt of dragons (and no, I was too busy travelling I hadn’t caught up on Game of Thrones then … I have now!).

My husband and I climbed Helvellyn. We had good shoes and water and a couple of snack bars. But apparently we should have had a map and a compass. My husband also should have had something more waterproof than a poncho and I should have had gloves. In other words, we should have known better.

But we survived! We conquered Helvellyn! The views were amazing!

We weren’t the only #BadHikers. There were plenty of people around. People running up it in tiny shorts. People with dogs: big and small, trekking through the sleet. People with kids that were noticeably quieter on the way down, half frozen, and needing an extra hand to catch them when they tripped. They all beat us down!

It was incredible. I had forgotten how exhilarating it is to reach the top of a mountain. It’s been a while since I’ve hiked.  I’ve been up Ben Nevis before and through mountains in Switzerland and Australia. I’ve skiied back in Aus, but not recently.

But this climb was brilliant, because it had been so long, because it was with my husband who had a great sense of humour in his Disneyland poncho and Superman tshirt, because the views were amazing.

It is very humbling getting to the top and feeling the sleet hit hard across your face. Your fingers are frozen. It’s a different weather system up the top of a mountain. I’d forgotten. I hope I don’t forget again. Gloves really are essential!

Wandering around Aira Force was a stroll in comparison. A beautiful forest stroll accompanied by the sound of the river bubbling along beside us and the gush of the cascades. It was crucial to wear good shoes, as it got pretty slippy in places, but it is suitable for all ages and dogs. 

All in all, both are highly recommended, just for very different things. What is your favourite part of the Lakes?

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