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October 27, 2014
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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.

Decision, Decisions:

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

School News:

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.

New courses!

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.

Children's Faith-Based Publications
Fertile Fiction Ground
with Kathleen M. Muldoon
While many print magazines have given up the ghost or "gone electronic," children's faith-based magazines and Sunday school take-home papers flourish and are in constant need of good writers. Often open to freelance writers is fiction which reflects beliefs and morals of the publisher being targeted.

Children's Fiction with Karen King
Children are a wonderful audience to write for. To a child, anything is possible. They will happily devour stories about talking animals, aliens from outer space, friendly ghosts and fantasy worlds over the rainbow, as well as contemporary stories about children like themselves.

Children's Magazines with Karen King
This course will cover aspects of writing for children's magazines that are open to freelance writers, including short stories, features, comic strips, picture strip stories, features, puzzle and activity pages.

Children's Middle-Grade Fiction: Writing for 8- to 12-year-olds with Gina Willner-Pard
Write novels for middle-grade readers (8-12-year-olds). After an introductory lesson (including a discussion of why people write for children and tips on finding inspiration), we'll cover plotting, characterization, point of view, description, setting, dialogue, and theme. In addition, every week, a portion of each lesson will be devoted to the history of children's literature.


Today's Featured Course:

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of about 60 courses

E-Book Publishing
Control Your Own Destiny!
with Allen Taylor

New! Discounted price!

Amazon reported in 2011 that sales of e-books surpassed the sale of print books in its inventory. Smashwords founder Mark Coker predicted on March 5, 2014 that independent e-book authors will capture 50% of the e-book market by 2020. That may be a conservative estimate. As of this writing, there are three leading formats for e-books - the Kindle, the ePub, and the Apple iBook. The PDF, as third runner-up, is a nice mainstay. This course will focus on teaching you how to publish your own e-books in each of these formats, which software to use, how to create professional and eye-appealing covers, and how to market your books once you have them published.

Today's Writing News:
(Last seven items. Weekly summaries archived in our newsletter)


How to Curate Your Facebook News Feed
Mashable/Kurt Wagner
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
Writer's Digest
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: 24-Hour News Does Not Exist
by Stephen Morrill

More of a rant, perhaps. You may or may not agree.

There never was 24 hours of television news. There was thirty minutes of news repeated 48 times a day. In Olden Days of Yore you went someplace to do what was called "work" and then came home around five or six, ate supper, sat in your Barcalounger with a beer, and watched the seven-o'clock news. Some old guy picked up sheet of paper off the pile at his left, read that into a microphone in front of him, laid that aside on his right, picked up the next sheet of paper, and so on. Then came sports and, finally, a cute weather-chick who clearly knew less about weather than I did about particle physics.

In essence, she was the only graphic in the entire newscast.

But you had to be there at seven. Or eleven. And your television was black-and-white and the screen was the size and shape of a goldfish bowl. Good enough; you mostly got your news from the thick, large daily paper anyway. Even today a thirty-minute newscast on television imparts about as much information—if not less than—a single newspaper page. Television is actually an incredibly inefficient way to pass on information. But it's passive. No tiresome moving your eyeballs from left to right, no more thinking about what you were reading, no more choosing what, of many topics, to read about. You sat there and whatever someone else thought you should be seeing poured into your eyeballs.

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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.....