Karavansara

East of Constantinople, West of Shanghai


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A complete writing course for 4 bucks

So, the idea was to check out a few short story collections to use them as writing handbooks. And the real problem is, as usual, to select the right books. There’s a few personal collections I’d recommend, like Bradbury’s and Dahl’s from Everyman Classics, or The Best of Charles De Lint, and a few others – say Chandler’s The Simple Art of Murder. These I have mentioned often in the past, and are wort checking out (and make for great gifts at Christmas).

But right now I’d like to point out a series of books that might be worth a look, that by providing a grab-bag of different authors writing within one genre and about a narrow range of topics, make for a great resource as one-stop tutorials.

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A new MOOC and journaling

what_is_moocToday I took the first lesson in a new MOOC I’ve joined – the Futurelearn Start Writing Fiction MOOC presented by the Open University.

I like the idea of learning more about what’s fast becoming my everyday job – and joining an online course is both entertaining and a good way to put some order in the jumble of skills I’ve taught myself through the years. Continue reading