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
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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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.
Today's Writing News:
(Last seven items. Weekly summaries archived in our newsletter)
Ann Crispin, co-founder of Writer Beware, dies
Following a heartfelt announcement to her fans, beloved Science Fiction/Fantasy author Ann Carol Crispin passed away...A former vice-president of SFWA and a cofounder of the watchdog group Writer Beware, Crispin was admired for her prowess in the business of writing as well as the art of storytelling. She was 63.
Tor Publishing (Via Writer Beware)
5 Tips for Coping with Freelance Isolation
If you tell a group of people that you work from home, they'll probably be jealous. Having the freedom to work through the night and not worry about setting our alarms in the morning is nice, but there are downsides. Those of us who have done it know that it can often be a lonely, isolating experience. Don't let the isolation of working from home lead to sloth and loneliness! Here are a few tips to help you stay focused and positive while working from home:
Horror Writers Association Adds Its Support to Writer Beware
I'm delighted to announce that the Horror Writers Association has joined the Mystery Writers of America in providing additional support for Writer Beware (our main sponsor, of course, is the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America).
Ebooks an Increasingly Popular Holiday Gift
More parents intend to buy their kids ebooks for the holidays this year than last year.
5 Tips for Sharing Your Blog Posts
One of the great things about being social with your content is it presents you with very usable data about what your most popular posts really are.
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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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.