I have taken other courses with Irene Roth and enjoyed them. While Irene's notes were helpful, it was unclear to me (and at least one other registrant) why she conflated Young Adult fiction-writing concepts with middle-grade fiction-writing concepts. The course title reads "Middle Grade."
This class was very positive and inspiring to keep pushing me forward. The instructor offered great encouragement and advice for staying on track and being mindful of goals. Very beneficial for writers at any stage of their career.
The information that was presented throughout the eight lesssons was informative and helpful. I was, however, disappointed in the lack of feedback I got on the last two leesons. I also thought we would be writing more articles than what we were asked to do as homework. I'm not sure where the disconnect was.
I think the instructor/author was very knowledgeable and the materials and information was worthwhile. However, the participation part of it was frustrating for me. There was significant help at the beginning to get me logged on properly, and I appreciated that. However, as the class got several weeks in, I found it challenging (for me, that means impossible because I gave up) to figure out where to submit my responses correctly, and where to see feedback. So I did not complete the course. I did download the syllabus, so I have that for reference. I will not be signing up for future classes if they will be in this format.
Ms. Roth's lectures were extremely informative and very helpful. They will definitely be utilized in my writing. I was disappointed there wasn't a lot of feedback, but maybe I misunderstood the premise. All in all Ms. Roth was very nice and her lectures were wonderful abd helpful.
Even though I couldn’t do the main homework and submit, the content has given me real tools to take my idea forward. Irene was both teacher and cheer squad for my idea...making me feel like it had substance and - done right - might see me published. I would love to have her as a mentor.
The class stalled after the first week because of Savvy technology issues. I would not do another class until Savvy takes a serious look at the problems.
Irene is a great tutor, but the system she's working with let her and her students down big time! Very disappointing for all concerned.
I found it difficult to access the lessons. There seemed to be very few participants in the class, and I found myself wondering if I was the only one there. Checked a few times for feedback on my first week's homework, didn't see any. I felt I might have missed some instructions somewhere, or part of the lesson, or somehow failed to find wherever it was that the discussions might have been posted, if they were.I gave up, not because of the content of the course particularly, but because it was just too irritating to try and navigate the system. Made me feel way, way less than excellent.