To be honest, we weren't taught much that I couldn't have gleaned from the Children's Writers' and Artists' Yearbook. What was invaluable was the way it kept writing at the forefront of my mind for over a month - as evidenced by my LiveJournal posts from the last few weeks - and the chance to talk to other people about what we were all writing.
There was mutual encouragement, bouncing ideas off each other, and lots of laughter. I'm going to miss it, and I'm looking around for a replacement (I did have monthly meets with two writing group friends, but these seem to have lapsed).
I've also been writing like a mofo since the course started - not necessarily children's writing, just Stuff. The motivation to get up early and crank out a couple of hundred words between breakfast and commute, which has been sorely lacking this year, has returned with a vengeance and I have more ideas than I know what to do with, whereas usually I struggle to plot.
Bonus: I've come away with quite an Xciting Sekrit Plan (which isn't very sekrit as I keep telling people about it). More on this soon. Perhaps.
I hope I can keep up this pace without a weekly prod. And I hope some of what I'm working on at the moment will bear fruit, but if not, it's all good experience.