my long time mentor Holly Lisle is in the process of changing her always open course policy to a once per year sign-up schedule for her big courses. The first one that will close for registration will be How To Think Sideways (affectionately shortened to HTTS by my fellow students). How to Revise your Novel and How to Write a Series will be next.
There are two reasons for this move.
Students of the courses have the option to be active in the forums where we meet and discuss all things related to writing an publishing. Thus, the best way to do the big courses is in a group with other students. Even though every student can adapt the course to his/her own speed, the interaction with other students who might be struggling with the same problems is extremely helpful. With the always open sign-up, this synergism diluted over the last few years.
The other reason is that Holly needs to move the forum off of the server she's got it on now. Behind the scenes, her team works frantically to merge software in a way that will make forum and lesson delivery one smooth experience. However, for the move, she'll have to close the doors to the classrooms and the forum for one full day in the near future (possibly a year from now). Thus, having the biggest courses closed already leads to a lot less trouble during the move. ;-)
Why would anyone take an expensive course like this, you ask? Easy: Holly's courses are by far the most thorough writing courses I have ever come across. She always over delivers on her promises. Granted, the courses are really hard. You will sweat and probably curse more than once, but it's so worth it.
Holly's courses have changed my life and my writing a lot. The things I learned through her courses are amazing. The first book I ever wrote using her methods has been awarded the German "Qindie" logo (a label for independently published books of great quality) and was a semi-finalist in the 2012 Kindle Book Review competition.
Another great thing about Holly's courses is the forum (I even agreed on being a moderator there). Writing is such a lonely business, but in the forum, we support and help each other, keep each other accountable, and make our goals come true. Currently, Holly is working on a way to increase visibility of her students' books. We're one big, helpful family. The greatest thing about the forum is that there are no unfriendly or harsh words. Of course, we don't always agree on everything, but we discuss things in a friendly atmosphere without personal attacks (I know that this can be very different, I've been to other forums).
In my opinion, taking one of the courses is the best decision you can ever make for your writing career. Yes, it is a lot of money (but most university level courses cost much more plus Holly has payments plans that make this feasible even on a tight budget), but it is money you invest in making your dream come true. I personally recommend all of her courses. But since How To Think Sideways closes its doors for a year in early March, I suggest you start there.
Sorry for the longish post.
Enjoy your week,
BTW, if you sign up through the links I put in this post, I will get a
commission since I'm Holly's affiliate. As a thank you for using my
link, I will give you a bonus on top of Holly's already awesome courses.
If you sign up for How To Think Sideways, How to Revise your Novel or How to Write a Series I will either analyze a short story or novel beginning of a story you wrote using one of the courses, or I will write a review upon publication. Just let me know the eMail address you used for signing up, so I can confirm yours claim, and send me your story as soon as it's done.
I will let you know when the doors close as soon as I know the exact date.