I just finished a writing course at SFU, taught by writer Nancy Warren. It was one of those overview courses, with a little information about a lot of topics; nothing indepth but quite useful, especially coming from a person who has actually sold a fair amount of commercial fiction.
But perhaps the most profound thing about the whole event was my 'outing' myself as a writer. This was it: the first time I showed up in public, proclaiming to be a writer, and had to present my work in front of others. Unnerving but ultimately rewarding. I was not laughed at. So, it is time to move forward and get this book finished. Hopefully the contacts I made will be useful as well. Support from other aspiring writers is a necessary thing.