There is also a great deal of satisfaction in producing something expressive.
The focus on our courses is primarily on the process so you can discover your own natural style of writing.
Creative writing classes are beneficial whether or not you know yet what you want to write.
Through the process of writing, you learn much about yourself.
Booksellers we spoke to said the presence or absence of a writing qualification on the part of the author didn’t make much difference to their perception of a book.
Jemma Pirrie is the buyer at Mc Leod’s Booksellers (pictured above).
This can mean it’s hard to get published because there’s more competition.' Another effect writing courses can have on publishing is that sometimes they grow their own publishing ventures.
For example, Escalator Press has emerged from the Whitireia Creative Writing courses, as has Cloud Ink Press from AUT.
IIML Director Damien Wilkins (pictured above) says: 'writing classes put you in touch with like minds and suddenly you’ve started your own lit mag, online journal or poetry press.
This kind of community building is important in lots of ways, including its challenge to the cultural status quo.' What do they mean to booksellers?