I certainly don't mean to abuse any advertising rules and the only reason I'm posting this, as an amateur writer in games, I would be glad someone told me about this (if I didn't already know)
Coursera, just started a free online college course from University of Michigan about Fantasy and Science Fiction Writing. It just started today, but I think you can register up to 3 weeks in and catch up.
if your interested, here is the link to check it out:
Here's my take on it so far.
I've only watched a couple videos, which is more introductory than anything else at this point, but he is clear and to the point. At first I though part of what he was covering relating to 3 different ways to read a story about a snake who kills a boy and loses his tail was a bit odd/boring, but I stayed listening, and have found that the perspective and value was actually insightful.
I found the instructor to be a bit slow moving (excessively at some points) but I never feel like he glazed over a topic, or moved to quickly, giving time to really think about what he's saying.
Any way, its pretty professional in quality, and I recommend others might want to look, at least just for a preview of it to see if its useful. Oh, and if anyone has taken related courses from this guy before, I'd like to hear your opinion on the value of them.
And again, my apologies if this is viewed as spam, I certainly did not intend it that way.