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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.

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....

Your course starts the Monday after you register and lasts for 4, 6 or 8 weeks.

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.

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Visit our FAQs (Frequently-Asked Questions) page and our Student Handbook for some answers to common questions.

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Obviously (if you've been to this site before) the big news this week is our new look. In a break with tradition, we went with scenery. The school is headquartered in Florida,so we thought palm trees, beach, and water looked good.

Hope you like it. Comments welcome.

oh. And if you see any broken links or other boo-boos, let us know:
Boo-Boo Spotted
We'll be working on those all the coming weeks.

Today's Featured Course:

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of about 60 courses


Nonfiction Freelance Writing Business

The course is intended to teach you how to MARKET yourself and how to run the BUSINESS of nonfiction writing on a freelance basis.

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

Imitation is Much More Than Flattery
The word imitation makes many aspiring writers nervous. If they have spent any time in the academic world, then the word imitation will probably remind them of plagiarism, a crime punishable (when discovered) by lowered grades or even expulsion. Everywhere in the writing world—especially on blogs—beginning writers are advised that their work, their story, their writing voice must be unique, entirely their own. For some, this message reverberates so loudly that they refuse even to read other writers, for fear of being denounced as "imitative." ...
Barbara Baig at Writer Beware

Read the next chapter… after a short commercial break
Selling e-readers may keep bookshops open a while longer, but there are bitterer pills yet to swallow for the book trade … Amazon has made little secret of its desire to sell books for virtually nothing …
The Guardian

Amazon begins a new chapter with opening of first physical bookstore
World's biggest online retailer opens shop in Seattle's University Village stocked with 6,000 books at same price as on its website.
The Guardian

NaNoWriMo just underway
National Novel Writing Month. Steve gets in on this each year. This year he's working on Mangrove Bayou #6. You can join him at More information at:
International Business Times (seriously)

Own Your Grammar
If you believe that an agent or a publisher's literary editor is your personal editing service, take a look at the cost proposition of your grammar mistakes. Check to see quickly whether you're God's gift to writing. No? Then you can't simply sneeze on a piece of paper and it'll publish. Prove to your literary agent and/or publisher that you are a good cost proposition. Work on your grammar.
Tampa Writers Alliance

Why Writer Beware Doesn't Make Agent Or Publisher RecommendationsFor obvious reasons, Writer Beware avoids recommending fee-based services ... But we don't feel comfortable providing other recommendations, either. There are several reasons why....
Writer Beware

Writers, We Need To Stop Saying This
Ready to hear the most destructive thing writers say to each other? Here it is…"Writers write." Seems simple. How on earth could anyone feel like a sack of mucus drowned by pond scum after hearing those two words? Let me explain....
J.H. Moncrieff courtesy of Publetariat



This Week's Essay:

Pseudonyms for Poets

by Paul Haenel

As a once-in-a-while (though never often enough) publishing poet, I’ve been more than a little fascinated by the recent kerfuffle / contretemps regarding Mr. Hudson’s subterfuge.




Paul Haenel teaches
Poetry Fundamentals

This Week's Blog:

What to Charge for Those Larger Writing Jobs?

First, freelance writers might think of themselves as outside consultants. They are doing something the company could pay a staffer to do. But a staffer gets bennies: medical, retirement, overtime if needed, requires a desk and a room in which to put the desk, a computer and other equipment to do the job. Paid vacations, paid maternity leave, job guaranteed even while on active (reserve) military service. The company also pays for unemployment compensation, insurance, rent and utilities. Whatever. You get the picture. And staffers get paid when they're working, when they're hanging out at the water cooler, and when they're comparing wallet photos of their cats.


Not surprisingly, companies are willing to pay consultants more than they pay salaried workers because the companies don't pay for bennies or overhead and because the consultants work more efficiently. (Which they may not, but that's on their account, not on the company's tab.) ...

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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...