A friend recently asked me if I could recommend any creative writing courses. I have never signed up for one myself. There are so many it is hard to advise anyone where to start. There are plenty advertised online and several academic courses run by Universities and colleges, one of the most famous being the MA in Creative Writing run by Malcolm Bradbury at the University of East Anglia in the 1970s and attended by both Ian McEwan and Kazuo Ishiguro.
I dabbled in writing fiction in my teens and studied various forms of biology at technical colleges and University up until middle age so I felt I knew how to write basic English and had no pressing need to follow a writing course. But I have attended writing workshops and found them useful in gaining tips has they helped with character development and overcoming writer’s block. Where they really come into their own is in meeting fellow authors and learning about the challenges they have faced in the course of their writing life.
Writing fiction is a solitary endeavour and to swap experiences with those who follow the same path is invaluable and so I recommend those setting out on a fiction writing career to join a local writers group.