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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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If you have questions about one of our courses or even just about some aspect of writing that puzzles you, just ask.

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

But do not hesitate to give us a call or send us an email. We love to talk about writing. Call us at 813-236-7509 (US, Eastern Time — expect to leave a message and we'll call back) or email us at

School News:



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 week.

Today's Featured Course:

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of about 60 courses


Mystery Novel

Beginning in the mid-1800s with Edgar Allen Poe's dark tales, mysteries have increased in popularity over the years; today they're one of the hottest markets in the fiction genre.

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

Copyright Information for Writers
You own the copyright to anything you write, but registration with the U.S. Copyright Office will entitle you to monetary damages in cases of infringement, which rarely occur with literary works. … (click to see definitions of the various forms of copyrights.
Poets & Writers

7 Faulty Assumptions That Derail New Freelance Writers
The Internet has brought us many gifts, as writers. But it also brings with it a lot of misinformation and confused notions as to how to go about building a successful freelance writing career. …
— Carol Tice, on

A Quick Guide To Building a Thriving Social Media Community
We have all heard the sayings like "Your vibe attracts your tribe", we all know that an engaged social media community is key to online success. But how exactly do you go about building an online community? What does it mean to have a successfully engaged community?
Social Media Today

Editorial: Gazing into the Abyss (the shooting of two journalists by a third, displayed on social media)
As journalists, we act as filters to what we choose to show our readers, but what if those filters are no longer there? What if they're out of our control? … … They can build software to identify and remove content once they know there's a problem. But they can't use that technology until the cat's out of the bag … This is the trade-off you make when you rely on user-generated content, which both Facebook and Twitter do almost exclusively. You reap the benefits that come with the best of humanity, but you also wear the scars that come with the worst.
Editor and Publisher

Misspellings in the U.S. Constitution
The Constitution was written in 1787 in the manner of the day — in other words, it was written by hand. According to the National Archives, the version we are most familiar with today was penned by Jacob Shallus, a clerk for the Pennsylvania State Assembly. In the document itself are several words which are misspelled. Far from the days of spell checkers and easy edits, these misspellings survive in the document today...

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...