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Writers.com is a warm, welcoming space for all writers. Explore the joy and craft of writing in our inclusive community, join our online courses and coaching for personal feedback from our award-winning instructors, and explore our writing tools and resources. Wherever you are in your journey, we’re here to help you.

Our Online Writing Courses Are...

digital writing classes

Fully Digital

Join and participate from anywhere. A laptop or tablet is all you'll need.

friendly and welcoming

Friendly and Welcoming

We can't wait to meet you and support your writing!

open to all

Open to All

We welcome writers of all backgrounds, experience levels, genres, and styles.

Online Writing Courses Starting Soon:

April Courses

From the Source: Journaling for Self-Knowledge and Creativity

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April 24 | 6 weeks | $445$380Save 15%! | NEW!

Journal to discover yourself, find a wellspring of creativity, and produce publication-ready pieces.

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How to Craft a Poem

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April 24 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Save 15%!

A poem can tell a story, communicate our innermost thoughts, and reveal what moves us most deeply. Craft poems that do all of this and more in this guided poetry workshop.  

The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop

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April 24 | 6 Weeks | $445

Have you wanted to get into poetry, but don't know where to start? Learn the craft from the Joy of poetry herself in this welcoming workshop.

Free Event: The Talking Stick with Donna Levin

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April 25 | Free 1-Day Panel | $0 | NEW!

Join us for a free reading with Donna Levin, who will be reading from her new novel The Talking Stick, published through Skyhorse Publishing. The reading will conclude with a Q&A about Donna's novel and writing process. 

May Courses

The First Fifty Pages of the Novel

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May 1 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Save 15%!

The first 50 pages sets up plot, characters, and voice, and it lays the groundwork for your book's overall structure and success. Receive critical, supportive feedback on your book's start from novelist Sandra Novack.

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Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression

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May 1 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

Writing about grief is a powerful healing tool. Turn pain into power in this personal essay course, with instructor Rudri Patel.

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(Live Workshop) Poetry as Sacred Attention

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May 7 | Single-Day Webinar | $115$100Save 15%!

Poetry asks us to slow down, listen, and pay attention. In this meditative workshop, we'll open ourselves to the beauty and mystery of poetry.

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Experiments in Poetry

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May 8 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Save 15%! | NEW!

See poetry in a totally new light! Draw inspiration from the most radical, innovative, and imaginative poets in literary history, master their techniques, and write new exciting poems of your own.

In Brief: Explorations in Short Story Forms

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May 8 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%! | NEW!

Explore the intricate world of short prose forms. Experiment with story forms from one-syllable micros to full-length short stories, and complete six new story drafts.

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Toying with The Truth: A Generative Nonfiction Workshop

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May 8 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%! | NEW!

Experiment with creative nonfiction forms and find the best way to tell your personal stories. Write a short piece each week, and choose one draft to polish. 

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Student Testimonials

nabila zahur writers.com

It was so fantastic working with other serious writers and getting their input. I have taken part in other writer critique groups, but I felt that the difference here is that everyone who came in is really serious about the craft.

I managed to revise and rewrite the first half of my novel during this course, and I have a plan for how to tackle the rest.

The ultimate success for me was that my husband could see a lot of improvement between the writing he saw in week 1 vs in week 10. Feeling inspired and empowered from this course!

-Nabila Zahur, novelist

This was my first course with Writers.com, and my first course in this global format (we had members from London, Australia, Denmark, and the US). It worked very well.

The course content was thoughtful, informative, and well-organized. The instructor was supportive and encouraging to all, and matched her level of critique to the level of the participant. I felt we were in the hands of a master and mentor, and it was a privilege to have her undivided attention eight times in two months.

-Fred Lindgren

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melissa decarlo

Writers.com classes provide a great way to sharpen your writing skills and join a community of writers. Try a few-you won't be disappointed.

-Melissa DeCarlo, author of The Art Of Crash Landing (Harper Paperbacks/HarperCollins)

Browse More Testimonials

Nancy Wynn — Writing About Family

April 11, 2024

One word – Exceptional! I learned a tremendous amount of content in 8 short weeks. I gained confidence in my writing process and encouragement throughout the course. I saw a huge transformation in not only my essay but also my classmates. The class size was perfect and felt intimate. The duration of the class was long enough to gain but not too long to lose interest.

Barbara Pastorino — Rapid Story Development

April 11, 2024

This was the most amazing workshop. It challenged me from day 1, and, in my opinion, was equivalent to a master’s level course. The quality of this class– instructor, technology, content, participants–was excellent.

Angelica Terso – Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story

April 11, 2024

This class exceeded my expectations. Class format, content, teacher and peer engagement were so well thought of and encouraging. I was excited to start my week to open up the new lessons.

Christopher Passante – The First Fifty Pages of the Novel

April 11, 2024

This was a great experience for me being able to work with such a knowledgable, helpful and insightful instructor, as well as a solid group of participants who also offered great critiques and encouragement throughout the class.

Eileen McLellan — Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay

April 11, 2024

I’ve taken other online writing courses, and this was far and away the best, in large part that was due to the sense of community that developed among the students and between us and the teacher. 

Arnold Doyle – Telling Truth

February 17, 2023

Ollie was very encouraging and supportive; they not only knew their stuff, but shared feedback in a non-critical manner. This course provided an intimate and challenging opportunity for me to learn about various poetry forms/styles, as well as the experience of writing and sharing unedited, first-draft poems based on prompts provided by the instructor. It forced me to work outside my comfort zone, and that was a benefit in and of itself, outside of the class material.

Nancy LaChance – Telling Truth

February 17, 2023

Ollie was a wonderful teacher. I think it was through their feedback that I gained the best understanding of how working in this kind of format can truly revolutionize your writing.

Techwashed – Aravinda Garimella

December 27, 2022

If you are a writer interested in the pervasive effects of tech on society, this course is a must-take. Shankar creates an inspiring space for creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and celebration of each other’s work. I found the generative prompts in this class inspiring. The students in this class were truly amazing people and the course has opened up a whole world of possibilities for my creative writing. Shankar is also extremely generous with resources, so you are learning for long after the class is over

About Writers.com

The First Writing School on the Internet

Since 1995, writers from over two hundred countries have visited Writers.com and thousands have completed our online writing classes. We are accessible 24-7 from any Internet connection in the world, uniting far-flung students with renowned instructors - all published, working writers with teaching experience- who offer feedback and encouragement.

Writing can be a lonely road but it doesn't have to be. Whether you're just beginning to write or polishing your next piece for publication, we can help. Let us provide inspiration, direction, community and deadlines to start you writing and keep you working.

Support And Constructive Criticism

You're never just a face in a crowd at Writers.com. Small groups keep our online classes lively and intimate.

Each class provides written lectures, projects and assignments, and discussion forums where you'll share your work with the instructor and the other students.

Best of all, a teacher offers insights on every project you submit. These critiques help identify the patterns that can plague even the most talented and experienced writers. So whether you're dusting off a grade-school passion or breaking onto the bestseller list, we can boost you up the ladder a few rungs.

Can't bring yourself to share your work? We offer private classes,  just you - or just you and a friend or two - working with the instructor. Click on private classes in the navigation bar at the top of the page to read more.

We also offer one-to-one services such as coaching and editing but it's highly recommended you take one of our classes first.

Writers.com commits to providing the best online writing classes for creative writers available anywhere. (If you're interested in learning other kinds of writing, such as business or technical writing, you can start with Hidden Front Door or a similar site.)

Caring And Community

Writers.com remains a rock in a sea of audit-only and feedback-light classes. We've had decades to fine-tune our approach, recruit top instructors and build a supportive network of writers. When you send us an email, you'll always hear back from a real person, not an auto-responder. And while you're in class, we're available to help seven days a week if you run into a problem or have a question.

Over a third of our alumni return to take a second class with us, and some have been taking our classes for 20 years or more. That's the highest compliment we can imagine - and it inspires us daily to keep growing as writers' needs and the literary landscape shift.

We pioneered teaching online writing classes. And we still do it with pleasure every day.

Contact Us

Questions? Comments? Lavish praise? We want to hear it all! Please contact us through the form below. We'll be in touch ASAP.

Please note: many of our courses are completely text-based. If you're reaching out with a question about course meeting times, check the course description to see whether it has a live video component or not. For more information, check out how our courses work.

We do check email seven days a week. Please allow for some delay as chances are we're not in your time zone and, though the Internet never sleeps, we do.