Thanks to Jan Fields at the Institute of Children's Literature I have been following Kristi Holl's blog and to my pure delight one of Kristi's recent posts was about Margie Lawson’s “Defeating Self-Defeating Behaviors” online class for writers. Early on in my writing career, Kristi's book Writer's First Aid was one of the first books I read and I knew her blog would be of great interest to me.
I have known for quite some time that I make my To Do lists way to long and then get frustrated when I can't accomplish all on my list. At times I seem to back pedal and have the feeling of never getting anywhere.
What most intrigued me about Margie's online class was the no pressure - the amount of participation by the student was left up to them. At first I thought I would be lurker and learn from the lectures and assignments. However, after positive encouragement from Margie I became more active I decided that participation would be beneficial to me.
One of the most important aspects of the on-line course is to team up with a "Change Coach" - which is someone that you are held accountable to. This may sound scary at first...but believe me this is what makes this course such a huge success. Since there are people from a variety of backgrounds I wanted to connect with someone that writes for children and to my absolute pure delight, Kristi Holl, reached out to me to partner up with. We immediately bonded and continue to be a supportive and direct with each another.
Margie's course is a must and you don't even have to leave home to attend.
Good luck with your inspiration for 2009!