The trouble is that after a while, I started to realise that the same topics were coming round again and again; plot and characterisation, dialogue, endings, and, almost always, how to pitch to agents and publishers.
It started to feel as though I was covering ground that I was already familiar with, and although I was no expert in any of it, I didn't need to hear the same advice all over again.
So I stopped looking out for them.
But I'm starting to wish there was something out there for me. A course for when you have a certain level of experience, are maybe even already published, just to help brush up on skills and keep your writing as sharp as it can be.
In many professions, career development courses are a job requirement. My husband is a criminal lawyer and must undertake twelve hours of training every year in order to be allowed to continue doing his job. Doctors, nurses, teachers, librarians....they and many many others all have to take training courses to help them stay on top of the professional world they move in. I wish there was something similar for writers, too.
I don't want to do asomething as intensive as an MA or a PhD. An Arvon course isn't something I could do until my children are a bit older.
I’d just like to take the occasional course that was tailored to my own level of experience.
What do you think, Strictly readers? Do such courses already exist?