I’m Damien’s mum and he has encouraged me to have a go at writing on a forum which is a concept totally alien to me.
I’ve always loved writing , so much so that I recently completed a diploma in freelance journalism. Even though I’m proud that I have just received my diploma, truth be known I was really disappointed in the content and structure of the course. The closest analogy I can come up with is that it was like taking a cooking course without actually cooking! I did a writing course and only wrote one article.
For 6 months I learned by reading tutorials all the ins and outs of how to give a story “legs, how to write simply and how to read articles and come up with more spin off stories with different angles originating from the first article.
Even though this was all informative and interesting, we were never once asked to write anything! I found this really strange and rather a waste of money. Finally at the completion of the course 6 months later I got to write an article and send it in for feedback.
Admittedly I recieved really good comments about all aspects of my article but was told that I needed to ‘reread” the section on quoting! Perhaps if I had been able to “practice” along the way with constructive feedback, I might have grasped this concept earlier without the need to re read.
All in all, I was pretty disappointed in the course and am still left craving an outlet for my literary ramblings! I soon learned that a freelance journalist cannot express an opinion of their own, much to my dismay. Apparently opinion columns are only for the truly revered and well known writers and as novices we were told to steer well clear of anything resembling an opinion. Just my luck.
So, here I am getting a feel for this forum writing and hope I don’t embarass the crap out of Damien in the process!
I’d love to hear from anyone who might have done a journalism course and compare stories.
I look forward to any feedback.