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Tuesday, March 10, 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.



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Grammar for Writers and Editors
Writing is communication: whatever else writing does, however beautiful it is, if it does not communicate, it does nothing. To communicate, the words need a structure that enables the writer to convey his or her ideas to the reader in a way the reader can understand. Grammar provides that structure.

Greeting Cards
Have you ever picked up a greeting card, read its verse, and thought: "I could do this."? Do you have a flair for words? Could you use extra money by writing in a field that's still largely untapped and undiscovered? If so, this course is for you. With a pay rate that can reach as high as $75/word, writing verses for greeting cards and other products (Post-Its, mugs, calendars, etc.) is the perfect creative answer for people long on talent, but short on time. Students will be taken step-by-step through the process of creating and submitting their work to card companies.

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


Episodic Fiction is Finding a New Home on Kindle Unlimited
Indie authors are disrupting e-book publishing by writing episodic fiction. They are primarily distributing the titles through Kindle Unlimited and the Kindle lending library. This is providing a financial boon to authors who write 60 page novels in a serialized manner. This method of writing is quickly becoming more profitable than simply writing a single feature length novel. . . . (more)
Thanks to publetariat for this tip.

Manuscript Pitch Websites: Do Literary Agents Use Them?
Manuscript pitch websites, a.k.a. manuscript display sites or electronic slushpiles, often present themselves as new! Revolutionary! Disruptive! . . . this was a fantasy in 1998, and it's a fantasy now. I have never seen a pitch site that is able to show evidence that reputable agents regularly use it. . . .

The Truth is the First Casualty of War
The Daily Beast
In Defense Of Brian Williams: Take It From Me, All War Correspondent Stories Get Bigger With Time And Drinks
P.J. O'Rourke exposes the dirty little secret of war correspondents: They're all liars.

How One Paid Blogger Got a 33% Raise
. . . here's another income-boosting approach I stumbled on: Pitch extra services on the same work you're already doing for clients as a paid blogger . . .
Thanks to TheContentLetter for this tip

This Week's Essay:

(To read the entire essay, visit our WritersCollege blog)




ESSAY: Trolls, Evil in a Pure Form
by Stephen Morrill

Trolls, as anyone knows who has participated in social media, are ever-present. The question is not how to get rid of them — quite impossible, given human nature — but how to control them, how to keep them out of our lives.

I think of trolls as one of two species of insect (the other being hackers) who dig through and hollow-out the Internet like a Formosan termite in a pine floorboard. Not to overextend the simile, trolls seem to fall into several categories, with much overlap:

  • Kids who think they're being funny. They'll outgrow it someday and — one hopes — feel a little ashamed of themselves.
  • Lonely people with internet access who try, by generating response-rage, to validate their pitiful existence. Look at me! Look at me! I got you to answer me! I am powerful.
  • People of any age with some odd mental bent (or mental illness, not to put too fine a distinction on it) who derive joy from hurting others. I suppose we can only be glad they're doing it remotely and not up close with a knife.

Whatever the motivation, what this reinforces is the realization that there is, indeed, pure evil in the world, evil that exists solely to feed upon itself. I call this 'pure evil' because it has no motive that a mature sane person can comprehend.

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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.....