This is the second in a series about being an author. As I posted yesterday, when I sat down to write my first book, I just did it. I didn't take any writing classes. I didn't read any books about writing. It was more of an intuitive thing for me.
However, many people truly need some help and guidance. Because I live in Los Angeles where there are lots of resources, I'm well aware that the UCLA Extension Writer's Program is one of the best programs in the country. And they offer online course as well although the price is fairly steep for both onsite and online classes.
But, I'm quite sure that other colleges and universities offer excellent classes. Usually, it's just a question of going online and Googling writing programs, or checking out your local community college, high school night school, or university.
And there are plenty of books as well. Years ago I read Judith Applebaum's How to Get Happily Published, and I remember thinking it was a very good book. If you're considering publishing your own book, I'd recommend the Complete Book to Self-Publishing by Tom Ross. He and his wife Marilyn also have a great web site, Self-Publishing Resources.com.
Another good source for self-publishing is Lulu.com, which is a site, which will enable you to publish your book. There's no money up front; and it's a print on demand operation.
If you're writing a memoir about your illness, another option is Chipmunkapublishing in London. They published my memoir, Bipolar Depression Unplugged as an eBook, and the top guy there, Jason Pegler, is bipolar.
Finally, a few more recommendations. Two books I really like about writing are The Writing Life by Annie Dillard and Writing Down the Bones by Natalie Goldberg. Two books I like on writing memoirs are Writing for Your Life by Deena Metzger and Writing the Memoir by Judith Barrington.
One of the best books on writing (at least to me) is On Writing Well by William Zinsser. And two books I like on promotion are The Frugal Book Promoter by Carolyn Howard-Johnson and The Author's Guide to Building an Online Platform by Stephanie Chandler.
As one author to others, "Good luck and God bless!"