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You’ll get regular instructor feedback on your work, ongoing collaboration with other committed writers, and a nourishing and supportive course structure.

Learn from published authors who have spent decades perfecting their craft, and are dedicated to supporting you and your work. Don’t miss out: find the online writing course for you today!

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May Courses

It Starts with Play: Get (Back) into Writing

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May 22 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Save 15%!

Harness the joy of creativity in this inspiration-focused class, where we'll uncover new ideas for writing projects and draft loads of new material. 

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Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

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May 22 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

Join us for this workshop on creating powerful poems—poems that are clear and organized, fresh and moving, full of life.

Shape Your Stories: Write Five Styles of the Personal Essay

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May 22 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Save 15%! | NEW!

Craft powerful nonfiction essays! By exploring five exciting essay forms, you'll learn to bring the stories of your life alive on the page. 

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Get It Done: Fast-Draft Your Novel in 13 Weeks

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May 29 | 13 Weeks | $845$720Save 15%!

Write a complete first draft of your novel in this 13-week intensive, where you'll learn everything you need to write a successful story. 

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June Courses

The Watching Eye/Thinking Mind: Writing Flash Fiction

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June 5 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Save 15%!

In this ten-week workshop with poet and novelist Barbara Henning, write tiny fictions while experimenting with first and third person points of view and analyzing how point of view affects the craft of fiction writing. Barbara will provide practical instruction and assignments, suggestions for revision, and lectures and and articles.

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Finding Inspiration in Dreams

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June 26 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Our dreams are fertile fields of inspiration, meaning, and creativity. Learn how to use your dreams as doorways to future writing.

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Observing What’s Vivid in Prose and Poetry

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June 26 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

Learn how to spotlight beauty through fresh, vivid, and surprising language, in this four week mindfulness writing course.

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Story Lab: The Story-Subplot Connection

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June 26 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Subplots are key to maintaining narrative pace and tension in a story. Drive your story forward with this deep dive into the elements of good storytelling.

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Stringing the Beads: Craft Your Personal Essay

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June 26 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

Harness the freedom of the personal essay in this 4 week course, where we'll shape our ideas, thoughts, and obsessions into compelling nonfiction pieces. 

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These Fragments: From Journal Pages to Personal Essays

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June 26 | 6 weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Learn to harvest the raw creativity of journaling into inspired, publication-worthy personal essays.

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July Courses

Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack

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July 3 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Early Bird: Save 15%!

Get a good start on a novel in just ten weeks, or revise a novel you’ve already written. Free your imagination, move steadily ahead and count the pages!

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Opening the Door to Poetry

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July 10 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%!

How do we use poetry to express life's marvelous complexity? Learn how to control language beyond the "ordinary" and discover the many possibilities of poetry.

Show and Tell: How to Write Captivating Memoir and Nonfiction

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July 10 | Single-Day Webinar | $115$100Early Bird: Save 15%!

Your true story of healing or transformation can captivate and empower your readers. Learn how to balance showing the vivid details of your own journey with telling the broader themes for readers to apply in their own lives.

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The Cabin In The (Virtual) Woods: Writing Horror Comedy

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July 10 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

The line between horror and comedy is a lot thinner than you think. In this class, make your readers laugh in one sentence and cower in the next.

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Both Fish and Fowl: The Prose Poem

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July 17 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%!

A successful prose poem reads like a magic trick. Learn how to wield the powers of poetry in the context of prose in this comprehensive prose poetry course.

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Plot Your Novel with the Three-Act Structure

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July 17 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

The 3 act structure gives us the scaffolding we can hang our stories off of. Come away from this class with a fully plotted novel and a plan to write it.

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Writing Autobiographical Fiction

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July 17 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%!

Learn to depart from "what really happened," and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.

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Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression

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July 17 | 8 Weeks | $495$425Early Bird: Save 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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Writing the Memoir-in-Essays

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July 22 | 2 Single-Day Webinars | $195$170Early Bird: Save 15%!

Learn how to tell your story through the memoir-in-essays, a form that allows writers to interweave the facts of their lives in interesting and evocative ways.

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The Lyric Essay: Invitation to Play

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July 24 | 10 Weeks | $595$510Early Bird: Save 15%!

Create dynamic, genre-bending works of musical prose in this playful and exploratory lyric essay workshop. 

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Comics for People Who Can’t Draw!

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July 25 | Single-Day Webinar | $115$100Early Bird: Save 15%!

Comic strip artists rely much more on creativity than on artistic skill. In this workshop, you'll learn all the tools you need to make fun and engaging comic strips—even if your drawing level is "stick figures."

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Beginner’s Mind: A Mindful Approach to Personal Essays

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July 31 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%!

Write true and meaningful personal essays with the tools of mindfulness. We'll discover new insights in our work as we center ourselves, confront our inner critics, and write mindfully. 

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August Courses

Comics for People Who Can’t Draw!

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August 7 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Can't draw? No problem! In this workshop, learn how to tell complete stories in publication-ready comics, no matter your artistic background. 

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Writing Chronic Illness

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August 7 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Creative nonfiction offers a container for the sharing and exploration of illness. Tell the story of your body in this healing-oriented workshop.

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Crafting Poems in Form: Rhyme, Meter, Fixed Forms, and More

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August 14 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Working within the guidelines of a fixed poetic structure can make your poetry more creative, not less. Find freedom in form in this 8 week workshop. 

Rapid Story Development: A Master Plan for Building Stories That Work

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August 14 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Early Bird: Save 15%!

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In this 10 week story writing class, Jeff Lyons pairs the Enneagram with story development techniques to revolutionize your writing practice.

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The Deep Dive: Poem As Self-Discovery

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August 14 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Through poetry, we can access our deepest truths. Use the poem as a roadmap to self-discovery in this 6-week poetic deep-dive.

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Poems of All Sizes: Haiku, Tanka, and Japanese Poetic Forms

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August 15 | 3 1-Day Workshops | $245$210Early Bird: Save 15%!

Explore the history and poetics of Japanese poetry forms, and write haiku, tanka, renga, haiga, and linked verse poetry.

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Warp and Weft: Weaving Free Verse Poetry from Life

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August 21 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Weave everyday events into deftly-written free verse poems in this generative, creativity-centered poetry workshop. 

Where the Diary Ends and the Essay Begins

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August 21 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Start a diary practice and turn it into a mode of writing personal essays in this generative journaling workshop. 

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Write Your Picture Book!

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August 21 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Picture books have changed greatly over the last few decades, and the market is wide open for fresh ideas. Join us in this six-week intensive where we’ll take that idea of yours and turn it into a manuscript!

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Long Night’s Journey into Day: Writing Poetry Through and About Serious Illness

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August 28 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Poetry can help us integrate and learn from our experiences as patients, survivors, and/or caregivers. Join a supportive community, explore poetic and healing traditions, and spark powerful poems into being.

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Write Your Novel in 16 Weeks!

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August 28 | 16 Weeks | $995$850Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

In this generative novel writing course, we'll go from writing a strong beginning to writing "The End" on your novel's first draft.

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September Courses

A Writerly Life: Develop a Writing Routine that Works for You

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September 4 | 5 Weeks | $395$340Early Bird: Save 15%!

What does a writer's life look like? Build a productive writing habit in this course for writers of all backgrounds.

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Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay

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September 4 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Early Bird: Save 15%!

Gretchen Clark pick axes her way into the volcanic marriage of real life and fiction. Weekly writing with incisive feedback.

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Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story

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September 4 | 10 Weeks | $745$635Early Bird: Save 15%!

Write 1–3-page flash fiction in this online course with Barbara Henning, drawing on classic, poetic & experimental elements. Read the form’s masters.

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Writing with Consistency and Courage

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September 14 | Single-Day Webinar | $115$100Early Bird: Save 15%!

What makes a successful writer? It's not talent, craft, or even the right connections—it's consistency and courage.

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Putting It All Together: Completing Your First Poetry Manuscript

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September 18 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 15%!

How do you put together a poetry book? From choosing a theme to ordering your poems, you'll end this course with a ready-to-publish manuscript.

Dread and Desire: Gothic Fiction Techniques to Lure and Horrify Your Readers

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September 25 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

This Halloween, learn how to write eerie, haunting moods in this comprehensive course on Gothic writing techniques.

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Writing Mindfulness: Sensual World/Poetry Mind

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September 25 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

A four-week class, melding the language mind with the sensual: How to turn detailed observation into a poem. With Marc Olmsted.

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October Courses

Plumbing the Past: Turning Life Experience into Poetry, Flash and Creative Non-Fiction

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October 2 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

Dig deep into personal ritual while studying narrative poets, short fiction and non-fiction authors, and food writers.

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The Spirituality of Poetry

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October 16 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Let the spirit of language move through you. In this 6 week course, we will study, write, and share poetry about the sacredness of human experience.

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November Courses

Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

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November 13 | 10 Weeks | $745$635Early Bird: Save 15%!

Explore the border between prose poetry and flash fiction. For writers of fiction, poetry, essay and memoir.

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About Our Online Writing Courses

We've been offering writing classes online since 1995 to all kinds of students. Whether you're completely new to the Internet (back then, everyone was) or more experienced learning online, our writing courses will be a great fit for you.

Online Course Platform

We offer our classes through an online course platform called Wet Ink. It's designed to be simple and usable for people without a technical background. You'll be sent instructions for joining your class in Wet Ink on the day it begins.

Weekly Assignments

Most classes are structured around weekly assignments: once each week, the teacher emails or posts a lecture to the list that includes a writing assignment, and the students complete the assignment and send it to the list. This means that the teacher and all students in the class see all completed assignments.

The instructor writes his or her feedback on the assignment and sends it back to the list, and students are encouraged to offer feedback on each others' work.

Additionally, some classes are set up as workshops, and are organized around feedback on student manuscripts.

There are no specific times that you must be online. This allows you to work on the class material at your convenience: it's the ideal way to take a class.

Class Discussion and Connection

The list also hosts class discussions about lessons, assignments, and writing in general. The more interaction among students, the more valuable and enjoyable the class. We offer guidelines to keep dialogue supportive and beneficial, and no negative or abusive behavior is allowed.

Writing can be a lonely pursuit, and it's often difficult for writers to make contact with each other. Part of our reason for being here is to change that. We encourage class members to develop ongoing correspondence in which they can share their work. Often a sense of community forms, and some groups have continued to work together long after the class is over.

With the odd "anonymous intimacy" of the Internet, it's easier to take chances in your writing, and to be honest and thoughtful in your criticism of others' writing. First-time students in our online writing courses are often surprised how much they learn, and how much they enjoy the experience.

If you have further questions, browse the Writers.com FAQ.

Our Online Writing Class Format in Detail

Most of our courses take place on an online learning platform called Wet Ink. We also offer some workshop-style courses through Zoom, which will be clearly marked in the course description. The details below are for our Wet Ink-based courses.

When you enroll in one of our online writing classes, we'll send an email confirming your participation. On the start date of the workshop, your instructor will send a welcome letter explaining how to access the Wet Ink classroom.

You'll access the entire course within Wet Ink, including:

  • Reading lectures
  • Starting or joining discussions
  • Submitting assignments each week
  • Commenting on other students’ work
  • Receiving direct weekly feedback on your work from the instructor

When the course wraps up, we’ll send you a questionnaire about your experience in the course.

You won't need to be online at a particular time or day. In general, you should plan to check in with the course at least a few times each week.

Thousands of our alumni have returned to study with us again, and some have been with us since the beginning in 1995. We hope you’ll become part of the Writers.com community, too.

Questions about our online writing courses, our community, or anything else? Email us at writers@writers.com, please!

What Sets Our Online Writing Courses Apart

At Writers.com, we have 25 years of experience offering the best writing classes online. Many elements set our courses apart:

  • Our instructors are gifted, experienced teachers who are writers themselves. They also care about their students and the progress they make. Any good "school" or workshop can teach you the craft of writing; we offer personal attention and inspiration as well.
  • Each instructor develops his or her own courses. Unlike other online writing schools, we have no prepared, prepackaged classes randomly taught by just anyone who has the time to teach it. You know exactly who your teacher will be before you ever register, and you'll receive feedback from that teacher on your writing.
  • We accept a maximum of 12 students per class in most classes. You will never be a face in the crowd in a Writers.com class.
  • We take your work seriously, but we also have fun. Some of our classes are rigorous and intense. If you want to be a professional writer, you need a tough, but supportive, environment. We have that. But we also offer other classes that are a chance to experiment, learn for the sheer joy of learning, explore new ideas, and discover new pathways.
  • Our classes fit into your daily life – no matter what time zone you are in.
  • If you are able to visit websites, you can participate fully in our classes. The course software is simple to learn and designed for learners of all kinds across the globe.
  • Writers.com is operated by a small, dedicated staff of human beings who genuinely want to help you meet your writing goals. Having a technical problem, or finding that a course isn't the right fit for you? Contact us and we'll work it out, person-to-person.

Join one of our writing courses, and experience the Writers.com difference for yourself!