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We usually carry about sixty courses. They are listed below in alphabetical order.
Each course description includes the email address for the teacher.
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Extended courses last twice as long. There is NO additional material. They are provided for students who want two weeks for each assignment. Not all teachers offer extended course options.


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Teacher
Length
Cost
 
Article Writing
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to see your article and name appear in Cosmopolitan or Flair; Entrepreneur or Newsweek? The pride and joy is indescribable. And the pay, not bad! Learn how to become an accomplished article writer and pitch your work to magazines of your choice. It’s all in the writing, selling and presentation and this course will teach you step by step, how handle each one of them.
Usha Sliva
6 weeks
$180

Blog Marketing for Writers

New course!

You don't have to own a business to benefit from blog marketing. 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.

Allen Taylor
6 weeks
$180
Body-Build Your Story

Does your story bulge in the wrong places, lie flaccid when it should exude strength? Build vibrant stories, articles and books by learning the jobs of every beginning, middle and end; which point of view will work best; how to set the scene and create the action, and turning points that will keep readers interested.

Patrika Vaughn

4 weeks

$120
Book Promotion

You have completed your book and are either self-publishing it or have found a publisher for it. You may think it is now time to take a well-deserved rest, after the rigors of crafting that perfect manuscript — but think again!

Even the best book won't sell unless people know it's available. Learn how to present your book for greater sales whether you have a publisher or are self-publishing.

Patrika Vaughn
6 weeks
$180
Book Promotion Through Talk Shows
There are 3,240 national and local talk shows in the U.S. every day, and 2.400 more in Canada and the U.K Talk show appearances give you credibility and widespread recognition. Authors who promote on talk shows usually make more money and have more fun than those who don't.
Patrika Vaughn

4 weeks

$120
Book Promotion Timetable Workshop

All authors, whether self-published or published by a publishing house, must take major responsibility for the promotion of their books. Learn what needs to happen and when each step should be taken.

Patrika Vaughn
6 weeks
$180

Children's Faith-Based Publications
Fertile Fiction Ground

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.
Kathleen M. Muldoon
4 weeks
$120
Children's Fiction
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.
Karen King
8 weeks
$240
Children's Magazines
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.
Karen King
6 weeks
$180
Children's Middle-Grade Fiction: Writing for 8- to 12-year-olds
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.
Gina Willner-Pardo
8 weeks
$240
Children's Picture Books

Learn the basic skills of writing children's picture books, how to study the market and give your manuscript the professional touch. The course discusses how to create picture books characters, write strong but simple stories, write for different age groups, let the illustrations tell the story, and how to present your work to publishers.
Karen King
8 weeks
$240
Choosing Your Voice
Are you telling your stories in the most convincing, most dramatic voice?
Patrika Vaughn
4 weeks
$120
Learn to make your characters live and breathe. Get inside their heads, know how they relate to one another. Write such full characters that their arms and legs stick out when you try to close the book!!! Learn their purpose in your plot. Learn who your characters are, and how they fit into your story. Receive tools for developing each character and learn how to turn them loose to write your story for you.
Jana Lynn Shellman
6 weeks
$180
Creating History

A place for historical and fantasy novelists to acquire or polish the skills needed for the writing that comes before and between the writing. Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to identify and categorize primary, secondary and third party resources, demonstrate how those differences effect their stories, and explain why each type of resource is necessary for the creation of fictional/fantasy worlds.

Peggy Ulman Bell
4 weeks
$120
Dialect Writing
Dialect is heard with the eyes.
Patrika Vaughn
8 weeks
$240
Dialogue

Dialogue is what makes your writing - fiction or non fiction - come alive for readers. Learn how to make dialogue work for you- to develop character, advance your plot, impart information, show conflict or tension, set the mood, and make readers part of the action.

Patrika Vaughn
6 weeks
$180

Self-editing is probably the most difficult part of writing. Fine tuning the manuscript, seeing the flaws, imagining how the words sound to the reader, and then garnering the courage to rework them is daunting. ... During this class, we’ll work on toning things down, tightening things up—a diet for your manuscript.

Cindy Davis
6 weeks
$180

Experimental Fiction
Joining the Dialogue

If you enjoy the idea of pushing beyond the boundaries of ordinary fiction, this course will allow you to play, and to forge new directions in literature which remain compelling for the reader. You will also consider how you fit into the history and ongoing presentation of experimental fiction, delve into new parts of your psyche, and start looking at publication.

Tantra Bensko
6 weeks
$180
Gothic Writing   

Gothic Novels are hot today. Several other genres popular today have descended from them too, including Horror and Gothic Romance. But what are Gothics? How do you write them? And how are Horror and Gothic Romance similar to them? How are they different? And how do you convert and incorporate Gothic forms into Horror and Dark Romance?

Ayn Hunt
6 weeks
$180

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.
Irene Davis
4 weeks
$120
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.
Sandra Louden
6 weeks
$180
Haiku and Zen Poetry
Learn the most important techniques in the composition of haiku and Zen poetry.
Daniel Delanu
4 weeks
$120
How-To Articles: Quick and Simple
Tap into the knowledge you already have inside your head from daily life and make money.
Mary Jo Rulnick
4 weeks
$120
Jump Start Your Novel

Focus on how to plan your novel before you start writing it to make it as effective and intriguing as possible. By the end of the seminar you will have a variety of tools to help you in the writing process from character and setting sketches to scene outlines to a complete plot roadmap.

Joe Nassise
6 weeks
$180
Magazine Articles

Learn how to write a standard nonfiction magazine article. 

Stephen Morrill
6 weeks
$180
Magazine Query Letters
Learn to write a query letter that can attract the interest of an editor and clinch the sale.
Stephen Morrill
4 weeks
$120
Make 'Em Care!
How do you get readers of fiction to identify with your characters? How do you create empathy in nonfiction readers?
Patrika Vaughn
4 weeks
$120

Memoir Lane

Memoir Lane is a course designed to help students write their memoirs. It will deal with a wide variety of aspects of writing, all focused toward presenting the personal memory. It will also concern itself with the problems and difficulties of revealing the self to an unknown audience.
Michael and Jennifer Dearmin
4 weeks
$120
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.

Cindy Davis
8 weeks
$240

Newspaper Feature Articles: Getting Human Interest Stories Into Print

Learn the basics of writing feature articles for newspapers. Learn what features articles are (or aren't), how to get ideas for them, what makes a good feature, interviewing tips, and the anatomy of a feature.

Elsie Walker
4 weeks
$120

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.
Stephen Morrill
6 weeks
$180
Novel Notions for the Novelist
Novel Notions for the Novelist is a class that guarantees to enrich your writing efforts by means of creative visual, verbal, and hands-on activities. The lessons in the course provide helpful suggestions and practical advice to any writer who has faced the proverbial question, "Where do I go from here?" Whether your characters run into a brick wall, or you just run out of ideas, Novel Notions for the Novelist will get your creative juices running again.
Delphine Boswell
6 weeks
$180
Openings that Hook Readers
Every opening, fiction or nonfiction, has three functions. Learn what they are, plus eight opening techniques for accomplishing them.
Patrika Vaughn
4 weeks
$120

Being able to take photos, or find photos, to accompany your writing can help sell the story, keep control over your work, and even earn you extra money.

Stephen Morrill
4 weeks
$120
Poetry Fundamentals
This course teaches approaches, understandings, and paths to attitudes that allow us to better learn what might unlock the poetry that's in all of us.
Paul Haenel
6 weeks
$180

Promotional Writing

Elements of Promotional Writing will cover the basics of writing promotional materials for businesses and professionals including press releases, flyers, slogans/mottos, sales letters, brochures, three piece mailer, layout/graphics, marketing, and pricing.
Michael and Jennifer Dearmin
6 weeks
$180
Researching and Interviewing
Learn to to find information, locate and interview experts, learn how to apply the rules of rigorous scholarship to your findings, and learn how to stay out of legal trouble while doing all this.
Stephen Morrill
4 weeks
$120
Romance Novel Writing

Learn everything from coming up with a story idea to preparing a completed manuscript for sale in this popular genre.

Brenda Hiatt Barber
6 weeks
$180

Seniors Do Write

Have you always wanted to write stories? Does your church/community have a publication you would like to submit to? Do your children/grandchildren encourage you to write about your life? Well, now that the kids are grown and you have more time, see where your writing potential can lead you.

Seniors Do Write! is an introductory course designed for mature students who want to explore their writing potential. This course will examine effective methods writing, and the fuel that is already smoldering within the student's own life experiences.

Michael and Jennifer Dearmin
6 weeks
$180
Seven Common Writing Problems and How to Solve Them
Something not working in your fiction or nonfiction? Here's your chance to examine the seven most common problems that keep a manuscript from being publishable.
Patrika Vaughn
8 weeks
$240

Short Story:
Developing and Writing

New course!

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.
Jan Sparkman
4 weeks
$120

Speech Writing

Adding speechwriting skills to your writer's toolkit can make you more marketable. Public relations firms, businesses, local government officials, nonprofit organizations, etc., need people with this skill.
Elsie Walker
4 weeks
$120
Stalking the Markets
Avoid rejections. Learn how to target the best markets for everything you write.
Patrika Vaughn
4 weeks
$120
Start Here
What you need to know before you write to help you write like a pro from Day One. Dump your fears; get control of your writing. Here are the steps to help you build a solid foundation for everything you write.
Patrika Vaughn
6 weeks
$180
Stop Talking About It; Just Write
This highly motivational and inspirational course is designed for writers of all levels and all genres. You will be encouraged to work through any blocks that are holding you back or slowing down your writing.
Susan Farewell
6 weeks
$180

Striptease Writing
(Show, Don't Tell)

Good writing reveals rather than explains. Learn to get out of the way and let readers experience the episodes, events and people you're writing about.
Patrika Vaughn
4 weeks
$120

Technical Writing

Learn the mechanics of user guide writing and get you a feel for the field of technical writing.
Elsie Walker
4 weeks
$120

Technical Writing Workshop

This workshop is for students who have already taken the course, Technical Writing.
Elsie Walker
4 weeks
$120

The Writer in You

Have you always wanted to write but were never sure you could? Is there a novel burning inside you, held back by your fear of pursuit? Have you always envied those who seem to write so well, so clearly, and so effortlessly?

The Writer in You is an introductory course designed for those who want to explore their writing potential. To some, writing is an ordeal. But remember, nobody was born writing; all of us had to learn. This course will explore some of the more effective methods of communication through the written word. All that is asked of the student is that he/she try.

Michael and Jennifer Dearmin
6 weeks
$180
Travel Writing
For writers (or want-to-be) writers who are interested in writing and selling articles about travel. Nuts and bolts information, as well as inspirational and motivational techniques for making it all happen.
Susan Farewell
6 weeks
$150
Writing for Fun and Profit
For "prepublished" writers. Students will focus on a variety of writing techniques, journaling processes, writing, editing and marketing strategies and will apply them to either a work in progress, or will develop a new project.
Alyce M. Skelton
6 weeks
$180
Writing Through Loss
Explore a variety of writing techniques to help deal with losses of all kinds. Journaling as well as other eclectic writing strategies will help you access creative energy, work through the grieving and tap into joy.
Alyce M. Skelton
6 weeks
$180
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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.....