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Thank you for visiting us! Writing is no easy task. But we're here to help you.

We're an online correspondence school with more than 60 courses taught by writers for writers. Lessons come to you by e-mail. There is no "brick-and-mortar" classroom. There is no specific "class time" for you to be at your computer.

I like taking courses online for the convenience of going to school without having to wash my face or put on makeup. It's nice to sit at the computer with my morning coffee, reading and typing....

Your course starts the Monday after you register and lasts for 4, 6 or 8 weeks.

Most courses are basic. The few with prerequisites are so marked.

Prices are low, and there is a 10-day full-refund drop period if you don't like what you see. has been around since 1998 and has consistently been one of the largest internet-based writing schools on the Web. For more information, visit our Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) page.

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Obviously (if you've been to this site before) the big news this week is our new look. In a break with tradition, we went with scenery. The school is headquartered in Florida,so we thought palm trees, beach, and water looked good.

Hope you like it. Comments welcome.

oh. And if you see any broken links or other boo-boos, let us know:
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We'll be working on those all the coming week.

Today's Featured Course:

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of about 60 courses


Experimental Fiction
Joining the Dialogue

If you enjoy the idea of pushing beyond the boundaries of ordinary fiction, this course will allow you to play, and to forge new directions in literature which remain compelling for the reader. You will also consider how you fit into the history and ongoing presentation of experimental fiction, delve into new parts of your psyche, and start looking at publication.

Today's Writing News:
(Weekly summaries archived in our newsletter)

I'll Send You All My Love Every Day In a Letter
When everyone is going to the beach, kayaking on the lake, playing croquet on the lawn, I expect all of you to be sweating your balls off at your desk every day for at least, at least, two hours. Get up at five, make a pot of coffee and hit it. Turn off your email. Turn off your internet. Get a pad to note the things you need to look up. Do not come here because that's what I'm doing for the month. I'm finishing a new book and I'm putting blinders on....
Literary agent Betsy Lerner's blog

Authors, Keep Your Copyrights. You Earned Them.
Authors should not assign their copyrights to publishers. As our Model Contract emphasizes:

"CAUTION: Do not allow the publisher to take your copyright or to publish the copyright notice in any name other than yours. Except in very unusual circumstances, this practice is not standard in the industry and harms your economic interests. No reputable publisher should demand that you allow it to do so."
Authors Guild

How NOT to Try to Sell a Book: RIP Authonomy
Somebody told me on Facebook today that Harper Collins is shutting down its online slushpile, Authonomy, on 30th September 2015....
...The idea was that the five books which had accumulated the most votes as at the end of a month would be awarded a gold star, and would receive a 'professional' review from the HC editors, with a possible view to getting an HC contract. You can see why we all signed up with stars in our eyes.

Greta van der Rol

Tourists offered chance to run a bookshop on holiday
For £150 a week, AirBnB users are invited to live in – and run – The Open Book store in Wigtown, Scotland.
...guests at The Open Book . . . will be expected to sell books for 40 hours a week while living in the flat above the shop....It's not about cheap labour – it's about offering people an experience … It's one of those great fantasies."
The Guardian

Structure vs. Urgency: The Blunt Instrument on Finding Work/Life Balance as a Writer
Find the thing you want to write so much you don't even have to schedule time for it. I have another friend, a novelist, who said he solved the problem of "writer's block" by abandoning the high-minded projects he felt he should be working on and started writing the novel he desperately wanted to write. Suddenly he couldn't wait to get home from his job to work on his novel. ...
Electric Lit/The Blunt Instrument

Want to Give Away Your Books? Your Town May Not Approve
All over America, people have put small "give one, take one" book exchanges in front of their homes. Then they were told to tear them down.
The Atlantic

This Week's Essay:


Writing Dialogue
by Patrika Vaughn

Good dialogue is easily spoken because of its rhythms. Good dialogue is easy and pleasurable to read because most of us read dialogue aloud in our minds.


Does your dialogue have rhythm? To find out, read it aloud. If you find yourself tripping over your own tongue, chances are you've used too many long words (which won't sound like most people talk) or you've strung the words together in an un-rhythmic order, which often works for narrative but not for dialogue....





Patrika Vaughn teaches Dialogue, and other classes, for

This Week's Blog:

What to Charge for Those Larger Writing Jobs?

First, freelance writers might think of themselves as outside consultants. They are doing something the company could pay a staffer to do. But a staffer gets bennies: medical, retirement, overtime if needed, requires a desk and a room in which to put the desk, a computer and other equipment to do the job. Paid vacations, paid maternity leave, job guaranteed even while on active (reserve) military service. The company also pays for unemployment compensation, insurance, rent and utilities. Whatever. You get the picture. And staffers get paid when they're working, when they're hanging out at the water cooler, and when they're comparing wallet photos of their cats.


Not surprisingly, companies are willing to pay consultants more than they pay salaried workers because the companies don't pay for bennies or overhead and because the consultants work more efficiently. (Which they may not, but that's on their account, not on the company's tab.) ...

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Writers College was founded in 1998 to teach online courses in fiction and nonfiction. Under fiction we cover everything from creating characters, children's books, choosing voice, crime and mystery, romance, novels, short stories and more. We have poetry and haiku courses and a greeting card course. Under nonfiction we cover travel writing, magazines, books, biography, history, memoir, newspaper and more. Production issues cover blog marketing, book promotion, grammar and editing, the nonfiction writing business, photography for writers, promotional writing, and several technical writing courses...