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Friday, April 17, 2015

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.

Decisions, Decisions:

To help you create a course program specific to your special needs, check our listing of courses by genre.

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

School News:

Jan Sparkman has returned from vacation and is once more on duty teaching Short Story Developing and Writing.



Today's Featured Course:

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of about 60 courses

Haiku and Zen Poetry
Learn the most important techniques in the composition of haiku and Zen poetry.

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


Another major publisher is going to war with Amazon
The contract between "Big Five" book publisher HarperCollins and Amazon is about to expire, and HarperCollins is refusing to sign an agreement with the new terms that Amazon is asking.
Business Insider

Amazon Takes on Fake Review Services
The actual impact of four- and five-star reviews on Amazon and other retailers' websites is a matter of ongoing debate, but their perceived importance is not.
Writer Beware

How Do I Stay Motivated
As a novelist, I find that there are days when the words flow easily, and others when even writing the first sentence feels about as easy as climbing Mount Everest in flip-flops
Edit My Novel

(thanks for the referral: The BookBaby Log)

This Week's Essay:






Why Aren't You Writing More E-books?
By Allen Taylor

Since 2007 when Amazon introduced the Kindle, I have watched e-book sales soar higher and higher. In 2011, Amazon announced that e-book sales passed print book sales. A couple of years later, e-book sales growth slowed down.

That's sales growth. E-book sales have continued to climb.
Interestingly, legacy publishers are still trying to hold onto the reins of the horse they are riding. Last year, Hachette and Amazon got into an urinating contest—it involved authors published by both houses to step in and show their game—that finally ended with both companies happy about an agreement that allowed all the authors to continue shooting at each other with no prize awarded to the winner.

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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.....