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.
WritersCollege.com 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.
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 Director@WritersCollege.com
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.
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.
Today's Writing News:
(Last seven items. Weekly summaries archived in our newsletter)
Bitterly Cold Temps Seem to Grow the Best New Magazines…77 New Launches for January, 2014…15 with Frequency…
Samir Husni/Mr. Magazine
January 2014 has started the new year off fantastic as far as new launches...the cold weather seems to have injected some fertilizer-laced frost all across the garden of new magazines as 77 new germinations shot straight up and out of the hearts and minds of publishers...
How to Curate Your Facebook News Feed
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
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: One Way to Get an Agent Using Online Resources
by Stephen Morrill
In a professional writing organization to which I belong, the question arose the other day about what we pros have found to be the best way to interest an agent or publisher in our manuscripts—and do so online.
I promptly wore the keys off my keyboard answering. I had just gone through this very process, albeit for a fiction book. (I say this only to use 'albeit' in a sentence. I mean, how often...?)
Keep a couple of things in mind here:
One: Professional writers don't usually write an entire nonfiction book and then try to sell it. They prepare a book proposal and try to sell that. If they get a nibble they write the book. (And I discuss this ad nauseam in my WritersCollege.com courses Nonfiction Freelance Writing Business and also in Magazine Articles where, in each, I advise that "We do not try to sell what we write. We write what we have already sold." (I also mention this only to use ad nauseam in a sentence because...what? You know, already? Moving on...)
Two: Doesn't matter how professional you are, until you are a proven quantity with your publisher, (i.e. you your books have earned them gobs of money) you write the entire novel and then they take a look at it. Fiction doesn't get by with a proposal. That I have written God knows how many articles, news journalism stories, books, advertising, and even a few resumes for money doesn't matter. I have to prove I can write genre fiction. You can read some of that, the links are below. You be the judge. I'd like to know too.
Here is my response:
Click to read the full essay
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1) Click on
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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
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
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5) When we receive your registration, we'll assign a start date, usually
the next Monday, and notify your teacher.
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Questions) page. If you have questions
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you may also call 813-236-7509.
But know this
too: WritersCollege.com 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
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?
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
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.