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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.

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

Prices are low, and there is a 10-day full-refund drop period if you don't like what you see.

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.... 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:


If you have questions about one of our courses or even just about some aspect of writing that puzzles you, just ask.

Visit our FAQs (Frequently-Asked Questions) page and our Student Handbook for some answers to common questions.

But do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We love to talk about writing. Call us at 813-236-7509 (US, Eastern Time — expect to leave a message and we'll call back) or email us at

School News:


Prices Reduced!

Effective immediately, (Thursday, 28 January, 2016) all course prices have been reduced.

The new prices for the courses are:

$90 for a 4-week course
$134 for a 6-week course
$180 for a 8=week course

No idea how long we may keep this low price offer. So hop on it!

Click here to visit our course catalog.

Today's Featured Course:

Click Here for the full list
of about 60 courses

Start Here

What you need to know before you write to help you write like a pro from Day One. Dump your fears; get control of your writing. Here are the steps to help you build a solid foundation for everything you write.

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of about 60 courses

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

Marketing Advice and Tips from Goodreads
Kendare Blake … has amassed more than 16,000 followers … where she answers any question that comes in from her fans via Ask the Author—164 and counting, many of them inquiring about the possibility of a movie adaptation of her book! She recently answered a few questions of ours about her Goodreads activity and what tips she can share with other authors about marketing books on Goodreads.

Creating a Character
NOTE: This is an odd one. Author Lee Child writes about how he created the character of Jack Reacher. It runs 11 pages inside his book Killing Floor.
Click Here and then "Go Inside" the book and scroll down to his 11-page explanation of how he started writing and how he developed his character.

How could I read more books?
Agatha Christie read 200 books every year, while Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets through a book a fortnight. President Theodore Roosevelt read a book a day, and increased this to two or three when he had a quiet night. But how can mere mortals get through more?

January issue of is now online. Stop in and discover a new and emerging voice in fiction, poetry, and various other writings. Or read a book review... Between the Sheets is one of our most popular columns.

The Future of the Humanities: Reading
At a used bookshop, ... experience of browsing is hard to replicate online. Human beings are tactile creatures, and we find ourselves drawn to things we can touch and handle. What's more, in this instance, screens are slower. Your eyes can dart down a row of books faster than your smartphone can display titles. If brick-and-mortar bookshops utterly disappear, we run the risk of losing familiarity with huge swathes of older fiction and nonfiction.

Writers, We Need To Stop Saying This
Ready to hear the most destructive thing writers say to each other? Here it is…"Writers write." Seems simple. How on earth could anyone feel like a sack of mucus drowned by pond scum after hearing those two words? Let me explain....
J.H. Moncrieff courtesy of Publetariat

Signing Away Your Rights: Arbitration Clauses In Book Contracts
... arbitration clauses are increasingly common in publishing contracts, too--as well as in the Terms of Use of some major self-publishing platforms. And most authors don't understand their implications.
Writer Beware

Revenge: A Cold Dish, Never Served
What motivates you to write? Are you driven to write by an inner fire, or do you write because it pays the bills? Or are you living the worst-case scenario, writing to prove your worth and skill to someone who once doubted your capability?
ASJA Weekly

Tear down those paywalls!
The newspaper publishers who put paywalls on their websites in the last few years should declare victory and tear them down before the barriers become more trouble than they are worth.

This Week's Essay:

When You Fall Off the Horse, Get Back On
by John Paxton Sheriff

For me, December in the UK came in with rain the like of which we've never seen before – but which they say we're going to have to get used to – and bad and good news on the more personal front, in that order.

The bad news was my publishers for the past twenty years emailing all their authors to inform then that they, Robert Hale, were ceasing trading. Crash. Deathly hush. Suddenly, I'm a writer in limbo.

The good news was that would be pleased to have me back as a tutor (thank you, Stephen).

There's something about teaching, you know. For me, it's immense satisfaction. Years of writing fiction and non-fiction had given me the strange idea that I know something about those subjects. The two-way communication a tutor has with tyro writers just setting out on that long and winding road (cliché, hmm, and he thinks he can write!) always tells me that perhaps I do know just a little bit, and bits of that bit might be worth passing on.

Click here to read the essay


John Paxton Sheriff has written — among much else — four books on writing techniques; forty-six western novels; seven crime novels featuring PIs Jack Scott and Sian Laidlaw; and two crime novels featuring female PI Penny Lane.

Sheriff teaches Crime Fiction for

This Week's Blog:

Offices—Part One: Life in an office

I'm sure everyone's heard the Takin' Care of Business song by Bachman-Turner Overdrive. I like the melody but am always annoyed by the lines:

. . . Look at me I'm self-employed
I love to work at nothin' all day . . .



Photo by David R. Tribble ("Loadmaster") at WikiCommons.

It's been my experience that reality is just the opposite. Staff jobs may or may not be intense, full-time efforts. But being self employed is an order of magnitude more intense and time-consuming. I get no paid vacation, no company medical benefits or retirement, no time off when I'm sick, no days off for holidays, and my cruel employer—me—makes me work 16-hour days and on weekends too. Overtime pay? Fuggedaboutit. Social Security tax? I pay double. My work life is like something out of a Dickens novel set in 19th century Britain, just without the lung disease.

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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...