It seems with all the affordable quality education available on the Internet comes the right to take as much of it as you can, in any fashion that you will take it. It sure beats the burden of student loans that you need to cover the cost of a degree in University. Not to mention the fact that many of these courses are done online and are strictly at your pace.
I found the website Coursera to be extremely affordable on a per course basis. The average course costs $50 dollars a month to take and you go at your own pace so if you finish the course in three days you pay one month. There is also quite a few of them that allow auditing at zero cost but the draw back is you don’t get the certificate at the end. Not a bad proposition for someone who is just in it for the knowledge.
I tried the 7-day free trial out with the Creative Writing course offered by Westleyan University and found it more then adequate. The instructor Brando Skyhorse is quite knowledgeable and seems to present a thorough review of the basics of creative writing. Unfortunately I had to quit due to lack of funding and could not partake in the ‘capstone’ project at the end of the modules.
I also signed up to audit a neurology course, a greek and roman mythology course, and more. I get access to all the course materials but don’t get the certificate like I said. Oh well, from an author’s POV I only need the knowledge to write a story… Not the credentials.