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June 16, 2014
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In Brief:

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.

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

For people too busy to do a weekly assignment, we also offer 'Extended' courses which last twice as long and cost slightly more. Explain this to me.

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.

Decision, Decisions:

To have us help you create a course program specific to your special needs, Call or email us. It's not possible to do this on a web site because your needs are special.

Call us at 813-236-7509 (US, eastern time) or email us at

School News:

We will be undertaking a total rebuild of this web site in the next few months. We do this about once every five years. Any suggestions welcomed.

New courses!

Blog Marketing for Writers with Allen Taylor
If you are a freelancer, crafter, writer, artist, musician, or even a hobbyist, if you want to write a blog for any purpose and turn your blog into a profitable enterprise (not a get-rich-quick scheme, but a steady-growth enterprise for profit), then this course is for you. In this course you'll learn how to start a blog, where to host your blog, why you should use a blog for marketing, the benefits of blogging, and the ins and outs of blogging as a marketing tool.

Creative Goddess Writing Workshop with Jennifer Hollie Bowles
In this workshop, we'll explore writing voice and learn the elements that work for vivid, powerful, evocative writing in fiction, poetry, and creative non-fiction. The instructor will provide the essential rules of contemporary writing, as well as how and when to break those rules. Through a series of intense, catalystic, exploratory writing prompts, the instructor will also guide the writer toward the center of her higher self, where the unlimited potentials of goddess expression reside. In-depth critiques and publication suggestions will be offered along the way, and men are welcome to take the course and explore their goddess potentials as well! This course utilizes various psychological, sociological, and holistic concepts and techniques to enrich learning and activate creativity.

Short Story: Developing and Writing with Jan Sparkman
Short fiction is unlike longer fiction in more ways than length. This course will help you understand the basic structure of the short story, how to develop your own style when writing one, and the importance and process of revision. This course is designed for the beginning writer.

Writing with GUTS with Jennifer Hollie Bowles
Explore the edgy, dark, taboo, sexy, deeply exciting elements of your life (or fantasy life) that you REALLY want to write about―but have held back....If you want to play it safe with your fiction, poetry, and creative-nonfiction, this course is not for you. If, however, you want to curse and punch and write something LOUD that provokes and compels: make this class your creative bitch.

Today's Featured Course:

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Dialect Writing with Patrika Vaughn

Dialect is heard with the eyes. It is one of the most contrived elements of fiction and must be handled well to avoid turning characters into superficial stereotypes. Learn ways to create dialogue that sounds real.

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How to Curate Your Facebook News Feed
Mashable/Kurt Wagner
It's likely your Facebook News Feed contains some combination of these, if not all of them (and likely other categories, too). That's both the beauty and the curse of News Feed: It provides updates from all aspects of your life in one place, including those you may not care to see.

F+W Media Acquires New Track Media
F+W Media F+W Media has announced the acquisition of New Track Media, a publisher of arts and crafts magazines and a leading astronomy title. Some of New Track Media's titles include American Woodworker, Creating Keepsakes, Quilter's Home and Sew News. New Track also publishes Sky & Telescope.
The Write News

Scribd's New Ebook Subscription Service: Partnering with Publishers, Profiting from Piracy
Posted by Michael Capobianco for Writer Beware
If you'd told me a couple of weeks ago that my first Writer Beware blog post would be about ebook piracy, I would have laughed. But it really looks as though Scribd has gone even farther into a very questionable area of monetizing the pirated books in its library, in two ways.

Freelance Writers: Make 2014 the Year You Join ASJA!
If you're a professional independent writer of nonfiction, ASJA is where you belong. We are the only writers organization dedicated to the craft and business of independent nonfiction writing. Only here will you find an undiluted network of your fellow professional freelance writers, facing the same challenges celebrating the same triumphs. We speak your language!

Make 2014 the year you achieve this professional milestone in your freelance career. And if you apply now you'll be able to attend ASJA's 43rd Annual Writers Conference, ASJA2014: Expand Your Reach as a member. That means one full additional day of professional education, networking, and career-boosting events available to ASJA members only.

Review the qualifications and get your application in. ASJA is the place for people serious about freelance nonfiction writing.

Important Writing Lessons From First-Time Novelists
Writer's Digest
Here's something most published pros know well: In this business, there are no absolutes. There is no fixed path, no yellow-brick road to success. The journey to bookstores seems to be a lot like that old snowflake cliché — No two are alike.

This Week's Essay:




ESSAY: 24-Hour News Does Not Exist
by Stephen Morrill

More of a rant, perhaps. You may or may not agree.

There never was 24 hours of television news. There was thirty minutes of news repeated 48 times a day. In Olden Days of Yore you went someplace to do what was called "work" and then came home around five or six, ate supper, sat in your Barcalounger with a beer, and watched the seven-o'clock news. Some old guy picked up sheet of paper off the pile at his left, read that into a microphone in front of him, laid that aside on his right, picked up the next sheet of paper, and so on. Then came sports and, finally, a cute weather-chick who clearly knew less about weather than I did about particle physics.

In essence, she was the only graphic in the entire newscast.

But you had to be there at seven. Or eleven. And your television was black-and-white and the screen was the size and shape of a goldfish bowl. Good enough; you mostly got your news from the thick, large daily paper anyway. Even today a thirty-minute newscast on television imparts about as much information—if not less than—a single newspaper page. Television is actually an incredibly inefficient way to pass on information. But it's passive. No tiresome moving your eyeballs from left to right, no more thinking about what you were reading, no more choosing what, of many topics, to read about. You sat there and whatever someone else thought you should be seeing poured into your eyeballs.

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Five Easy Steps to Registering for a Course:

1) Click on the COURSE CATALOG button at the top left in the Navigation area. That takes you to an alphabetical listing of all courses. (So will clicking on the link here.)

2) Scroll down, reading the mini-descriptions, to find a course that interests you.

3) Click on that course name to read a full description, course outline and teacher biography.

4) At the bottom of that individual course description page are links to use to register for the course. One link is for checks and money orders, the other for credit and debit cards.

5) When we receive your registration, we'll assign a start date, usually the next Monday, and notify your teacher.

Not sure about us?

Read our FAQs (Frequently-Asked Questions) page. If you have questions not answered there, e-mail us at In the US you may also call 813-236-7509.

But know this too: started in 1998 and, with more than 60 courses, is one of the oldest and largest schools on the web. We have taught students, thousands of them, from most of the countries of the world.

We don't cheat people. We don't even see your credit cards; that's one reason we use PayPal. No other school offers a ten-day no-questions-asked refund.

The only question is: Will you work hard at learning the information? That is the biggest single determinant of success.

Why are the classes so expensive?

The short answer is: They are not. Some of these same courses are or were taught by the same teachers, for major universities, and at a fee as much as 3-5 times higher.

Keep in mind that the most expensive form of education is personal experience. Having the benefit of our teachers' personal experience is a lot cheaper than starting from zero yourself.

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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.....