Back-to-School for Adults

Learning

My son started preK this year. It was exciting and a more-than-a-little scary to drop him off on his first day, but he’s not the only one in the family who is working to learn more this year. As an author, I’m always looking for ways to improve my skills. Whether you’re a writer or have a different passion like learning new languages, improving your health and fitness, or couponing, living a life where we’re always striving to learn more and better ourselves can help us live more successful, fulfilled lives. Here are a few of my favorite ways to learn something new.

  1. Read a book. Whether it’s a book on writing or a great novel, reading broadens our horizons and teaches us valuable lessons.
  2. Go to a conference. I’ll be headed to a conference later this month, and I can’t wait to connect with like-minded people and hear experts teach. There is nothing like being able to escape the expectations of your daily life to immerse yourself something you love to do.
  3. Take an online class. If conference fees and airfare are too much of an investment, check out some of the free and cost effective online classes available. Online classes can provide access and sometimes even feedback from some of the biggest names in the field.
  4. Find a group or support system. I have a stellar writers’ group in my area and another amazing group online (waving to all my wonderful critique partners). Whether it’s face-to-face or through the computer, having a group of peers who constantly push and encourage us is vital to growing and improving.

What about you? What’s your favorite way to learn something new?

About Julie Jarnagin

Julie Jarnagin is a multi-published author of inspirational romance. She grew up in a small Oklahoma town where her family farmed and ranched. These days she lives in a not-so-big city with her amazing husband and young son who tolerate all her nerdy quirks. Julie earned a B.A. in Journalism / Professional Writing from the University of Oklahoma and is a member of American Christian Fiction Writers. www.JulieJarnagin.com
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6 Responses to Back-to-School for Adults

  1. Nina Croft says:

    I’d love to go to a writing conference…one day!

  2. Jennifer Shirk says:

    I find I do pick up the most at conferences so that’s my fav. 🙂

  3. I love conferences! I find I take at least a few online classes every year and I do pick up a “how-to” book every now and then (if the prices is right.) But I think just reading in my genre is a the best way for me to see how different things are accomplished, how the mood is set, how to pace, etc. I feel like I learn something new all the time (which I guess is a good thing! 🙂 )

  4. Bethanne says:

    This all sounds so awesome!! I love back to school. 😀 But it’s not just losing the kids that gets my engine revving. I love the routine and the schedule and the predictability.

    I should sit down and really make a plan.

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