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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....


I love the individual attention and comments. I have taken other on-line classes that did not offer this individual attention. 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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Today's Featured Course:

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Crime Fiction
More people read crime fiction than any other genre. According to the Crime Writers' Association, it recently overtook romance writing to become the fiction world's top dog.

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

Ten Ways to Enjoy Networking With Other Writers (However Shy You Are)
Let's face it, anyone who wants to spend lots of time alone with their thoughts, and who prefers to communicate those thoughts by words on a page (or screen), is going to find social interaction at least occasionally challenging. — aliventures

On Writing Dreams and Nightmares
Dream sequences and nightmares are great tools for writing. You can give readers an inside view of your characters by their dreams or nightmares, and bring added depth.

Big Plans for April's Independent Bookstore Day (April 30)
Last year's inaugural national Independent Bookstore Day, which coincided with Free Comic Book Day on May 2, was a huge success. More than 300 of the 400 participating stores reported average sales increases of 70% and a significant uptick in foot traffic over a typical day, according to IBD program director Samantha Schoech. This spring IBD returns on April 30. The slightly earlier date was prompted by concerns about competing with Mother's Day, which falls on May 8 this year.
Publishers Weekly

Wait … is that a rule? Ten everyday grammar mistakes you might be making
Before their workshop at the NGV Art Book Fair in Melbourne, writing studio the Good Copy shares some tips
The Guardian

A novelist scams a scammer
An email scammer hits an unexpected plot twist and gets pricelessly frustrated. Funny, especially if you are trying to sell a novel.
YouTube / Scamalot Episode #5

Dog Bites Gator
Alligator bites retired police dog, who probably bit back. (Variation on the old "Man Bites Dog" aphorism.

Supreme Court Declines to Review Fair Use Finding in Decade-Long Book Copying Case Against Google
The Supreme Court's decision not to hear the case leaves standing the Second Circuit's unprecedented expansion of the fair use doctrine—holding that Google's copying and providing access to some 4 million copyrighted books for profit-making purposes was a fair use.
Authors Guild

This Week's Essay:

Publishing Scams Part 3, Agent/Publisher Referral Companies
By: Stephen Morrill

The good news for writers today is that there are many routes to publication and a plethora of people out there happy to help you. The bad news is that some of the routes are dead ends and most of the helpful people are there to take advantage of noob writers. The publishing sea is large and shallow and filled with sharks. So be careful; you can spend years of your life writing some wonderful work, only to find yourself contractually bound to some useless con man with a toothy grin.

Let’s look at some common scams or other bad ideas:


The Publishing Scams series:

Part 1: Writing Clubs

Part 2: Writing Contests

Part 3: Agent/Publisher Referral Companies

Part 4: Freelance Editors and Book Doctors

Part 5: Literary Agents

Part 6: Publishers

Part 7: Writing Schools

Literary Agents

In this age of self-pub, do we really need an agent? And, if so, where do we get one and what do we watch for?

What does a literary agent actually do? Several things:

— She may assist you in preparing a book proposal (for nonfiction) or improving your "platform" (nonfiction again). If you don't know what I mean by "platform" then you should not yet be trying nonfiction.

— He may help you with your first chapters of your novel, doing some minor editing or telling you to rewrite this or that, the better to sell your work to a publisher.

— She has the necessary access to the best publishers (who will not take unagented manuscripts).

— Once a publisher does indicate it wants your manuscript, she will negotiate the best price and other arrangements for you.

— He will help guide your career.

Not all agents, of course, do all of those things. Even the best ones have many clients and a lot of work and you're just one client. And not all agents are "the best ones", which I'm about to get into:

Assuming, for the purpoises of this essay, that you want to find an agent, let's move on …

To my way of thinking, agents come in three flavors:

  • Competent and experienced
  • Inexperienced and incompetent
  • Thieves

Okay, on with the discussion …

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This Week's Blog:

Books? Why would Anyone Want to Sell Them?

Had a reading group dinner last night. This was new to me and I hauled along my mystery to talk about, plus another by another author. This led to a short discussion with a retired academic about changes in the publishing industry. In the course of that he sneered at "popularly-written" books and informed me that stilted, formal writing with lengthy expository pages was the standard in professional writing. (By "professional," he meant other professions, not the MB1Cover192x300profession of writing.)

"How many copies of those books do they sell?" I asked.

He looked at me as if I had farted in church. "Well, if all you care about is the money, … " he started to say.

"Yeah," I said. "All I care about is the money."

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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...