Last summer I taught an on-line course in confession writing and I learned today that another one of the students who completed the course sold the story she wrote.
The "course" started with lessons and turned into a mentor/mentee or editor/writer relationship. After the participants wrote each scene, I edited what they had written, made suggestions for revisions, and suggested directions their stories might develop. Each participant then accepted or rejected my comments and wrote their story's subsequent scene. Then we did it all over again until they had final drafts.