Yesterday I picked up the latest issue of Writers Digest. I've been reading this magazine off and on since I was about 18, but kind of with the attitude like some people have with reading Martha Stewart Living magazine. "Sure, sure, I'll make this complicated souffle with 25 ingredients! I'll do it!" I'd rip articles out and then proceed to forget about them.
Since I'm taking my writing a lot more seriously these days, I'm paying close attention (the current issue has a great article about the YA market) and in the back of the magazine I saw an ad in the back for Writers Digest University. They offer a wide variety of online courses, and there are a few that I'm considering. One to brush up on my form and structure, and another specific YA novel course.
Have any of you taken an online course before to help improve your writing? If so, which course was it, and how did you like it?
I also have a follow-up question: Have you invested money into your writing career by going to conferences or retreats? Did you feel it was worth the investment?
As always, I appreciate any insight that my fellow authors (aspiring and published!) can offer!