Distance learning is commendable. It has a flexible study program to suit you. You could have the choice to study and to progress at your own speed to suit your circumstances. The home study program also known as distance learning is best for people who have no time to attend school and who are busy working like me - who at that time was working with the company Kawasaki Helicopter (S.A.) Ltd., Saudi Arabia as an account analyst. I am a product of a home study program. I started my creative writing course with The Writers Bureau in Manchester, London in 1999 by mail. Now it is already available online.
During the course, I had enjoyed the training and I found it that it's a first-class comprehensive course written by successful professional writers. I had enjoyed the caring, constructive help from my expert tutors who're all published writers. I was attracted to the four excellent guarantees to safeguard my interests such as:
The course has a flexible study program to suit me. There were twenty individual writing assignments for my practice and guidance. With most of my assignments I will be writing materials which can be submitted for publication. There're specialists who helped me and guided me on how to sell my writing. The best was that I studied the course anywhere in the world where there's a postal service as all study materials, returned and corrected assignments and etc. were sent off to me by air.
I had the choice to pay my tuition by installments. I could have the choice to study and to progress at my own speed to suit my circumstances. During the course I was given six specialist handbooks and an 80 minute cassette tape. And after finishing the course a certificate of competence was awarded to me. For the whole course, I spent at least 680 sterling pounds - this includes expenses for postal services when sending off my assignments back to the Bureau for corrections plus other miscellaneous expenses. The course was actually designed for two years though I finished it for only one year.
The whole course was divided into two parts: Writing non-fiction and Writing fiction. During the course I received 30 modules with twenty assignments. Fifteen of the course modules were for non-fiction writing and the other fifteen for fiction writing.
Following is the layout of the course to show to everyone that the said home study program I ventured in 1999 with the Writers Bureau was real and very effective teaching method that I enjoyed away from school through a self-study at home but without intending to promote the institution. I only included the titles of the modules without highlighting them.
Below are the 30 modules I received for non-fiction and fiction writing, namely:
The above list of modules serve as my references and as well as guidance for my online writing hobby.
Aside from the 30 modules I received from the course needed for my practice and guidance, The Writers Bureau has also provided me six bonuses of handbooks written by remarkable authors. These handbooks are totally helpful with those 30 modules which until now I am using them as my references for my blog and blogging hobby online. Below are the six bonuses handbooks which I thought available at some book stores around the world and maybe available also at Amazon and other online book stores.
The two very important people I knew at the Writers Bureau - who actually have encouraged me to pursue my tutorial course are no other than Mr. E.H. Metcalfe, the principal and Mrs. Diana Nadin, the Director of Studies.
Mr. Metcalfe has worked in home-study training and distance learning since 1962 and this has involved him asubstantial amount of technical and non-fiction writing. His experience with many thousands of students has convinced me that to achieve success with a home-study course I would need these three things, namely:
1. a comprehensive, thorough, high quality course
2. caring, conscientious tutors
3. and regular application from myself
Mr. Metcalfe has gathered around me a first-class team of writers and tutors to provide me the first two. And for the third, he encouraged me to take full advantage of the very personal tuition service and teaching that the institution offers to me.
Mrs. Diana Nadin was an honors degree graduate in English from Nottingham University and she has worked in home-study tuition since 1978. Her experience has given her a deep insight into student needs and how to help student progress with his studies. She said, "It is particularly important that a student has competent, conscientious tutors throughout his course."
Here Mrs. Diana is at her best. She takes particular care to select just the right tutors to help the students. Thus anyone can rely on Mrs. Diana and her tutors - to give him the sort of caring tuition service that can make all the difference between failure and success.
After the course, my communication has improved. Yes. I admit that English is not my language and during the course by tutor advised me to write articles in my own language. Now then, I applied what I learned from this tutorial course. I started sending off letters to editors and other articles to print media and to online digital media. I started creating my blog sites for my blogging hobby online and now I am enjoying writing also for some of the sharing revenue sites available online. Thanks to Writers Bureau - through the distance education, I hit my dream!
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