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These courses are ideal for writers of all experience levels—beginner through advanced. If this course has a workshopping component, no prior workshopping experience is expected.

Upcoming Courses




June Courses

Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Telling True Stories

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June 19 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Save 15%!

How do you tell your stories beautifully and authentically? Learn the fundamentals of creative nonfiction with Nicole Hardy.

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Simple Summer Writing Circles

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June 19 | 4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Sail through the summer and survive the heat with these chill writing circles, where you'll laugh, vent, and honor the season in poetry.

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Finding Inspiration in Dreams

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June 26 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Save 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$295Save 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

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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These Fragments: From Journal Pages to Personal Essays

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June 26 | 6 weeks | $445$380Save 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

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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Show and Tell: How to Write Captivating Memoir and Nonfiction

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July 10 | Single-Day Webinar | $115

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

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

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

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

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

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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Six Flash Stories in Six Weeks

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July 24 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Pack the maximum punch in the fewest words! Learn the craft of flash fiction writing, and complete six flash stories.

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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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Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults

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

Even if you’ve never written poetry before, you can begin the rewarding process of crafting a poetry novel for Young Adults. Is there a market for novels written in verse? Are they well received? Yes, there is, and yes, they are!

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Writing the (Modern) Love Essay

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July 31 | 5 Weeks | $395$340Early Bird: Save 15%!

How do you distill the complexity of (modern) love into language? Learn how in this workshop, where you'll transform your lived experience of romance into an essay. 

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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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In Focus: Writing Short Stories

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

Discover the power and impact of the short story form. Explore new ideas freely and begin up to 6 new short stories.

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

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

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 into Mystery: Writing Flash Memoir on Wonder and the Unexplained

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August 28 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%!

We often encounter wonder, mystery, and the unexplained in our everyday lives. Turn those experiences into flash essays in this community-centered course.

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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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Telling Truth: A Poetry Workshop

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September 4 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

Learn how to tell your story and write a mini chapbook of poems in this truth-driven poetry workshop.

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Penning Passion: Finish the First Draft of your Romance Novel in Ten Weeks

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September 11 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Early Bird: Save 15%!

In this comprehensive class, you'll learn the ropes of romance writing and finish a first draft of your romance novel. 

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Write Your Memoir in 12 Weeks

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September 11 | 12 Weeks | $995$850Early Bird: Save 15%!

Writing a full memoir takes energy, momentum, and moral support. Find all three in this memoir writing intensive.

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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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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 Lyric Essay

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October 9 | 10 Weeks | $645$550Early Bird: Save 15%!

Explore non-traditional and imaginative ways to tell your stories with this ten-week writing course online. Creative nonfiction teacher Gretchen Clark provides detailed feedback on weekly writing assignments that emphasize creative freedom.

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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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Radical Revision: Get Your Poems Published

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November 13 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Early Bird: Save 15%! | NEW!

Radically reimagine your poems, by transforming your revision process. Ideal for poets working toward publication.

Unscheduled Courses

These online writing classes don’t currently have a next session on our calendar, but will soon. If you see a course you’re interested in, use the “I’m Interested” button to let us know, and we’ll follow up with you when the course is on our calendar next.

Want to reach us or our instructors with questions about our online writing courses? Contact us at writers@writers.com, or visit the contact form.

*Private Class | The Craft of Poetry

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January 1 | 10 to 14 Weeks | $745

Poetry is alive and well. Contemporary poets can be touching, terrifying, and laugh-out-loud funny. Join us for an exploration of writing and reading poems.

*Private Class | The Literary Essay

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January 1 | 8 to 12 Weeks | $645

Explore the literary essay - from the conventional to the experimental, the journalistic to essays in verse - while writing and workshopping your own.

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*Private Class | Writing with Tarot

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January 1 | 8-12 Weeks | $645

Jump-start your creative juices, and explore a world of divination, symbolism, and imagery right at your fingertips: learn short story and novel writing through Tarot.

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30 Poems in 30 Days

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4 Weeks | $345

This National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo), build community and get feedback on your work while writing a poem every day.

Ambient Grief: Writing the Alteration

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

How do we write about moments of painful transition, or grief that the world doesn't recognize as grief? Turn ambient pain into powerful words in this transformational personal essay workshop. 

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Anatomy of a Premise Line: How to Use Story and Premise Development for Writing Success

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The premise line is the only reliable tool that can tell you, BEFORE you start writing, whether or not your story will “work.” In this class participants will learn how to master the process of premise line development—the essential first step in any book or screenplay’s development process.

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Call of the Weird: Poetry and Nature

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Turn your poetic lens towards the outdoors in this six week workshop, where we'll put to verse everything strange and wonderful about the natural world. 

Character is the Key: Unlock Your Best Stories

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

If you want to tell a good story, you need to write good characters. Learn how to unlock your best stories in this one-day character development workshop. 

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Death Riding Shotgun: How Awareness of Our Mortality Impacts Poetry

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How can your own mortality inform your work? In this 6-week course, you'll use death to inspire and motivate your poetry writing.

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Even Smaller: Adventures in Short-form Writing

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4 Weeks | $345

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Less is more in this bite-sized writing class, where you'll learn how to tell complete stories under the tightest word counts.

 

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Finding Confidence in the Braided Essay: A Craft and Empowerment Workshop for Literary Nonfiction

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Weaving your story with facts and research can help you craft a stronger essay. Tell your story with confidence in this empowering essay writing course.

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Free Event: The Talking Stick with Donna Levin

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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. 

From Memory: Writing Fiction or Memoir from Lived Experience

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

In this class, you'll use a nearly infinite resource—your own memory—to craft compelling fiction or nonfiction stories.

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From Writing Circle to Poems in 6 Contemporary Forms

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6 Weeks | $425

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

From the sonnet to the villanelle, turn your journal entries into formal poetry in this 6 week writing circle workshop.

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

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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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Get Your Book Noticed: Writing Loglines That Sell

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1-Day Webinar | $115

Your logline helps you query agents, market your book, and figure out the story itself. Hone your logline and set your book up for success in this Zoom workshop.

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In Brief: Explorations in Short Story Forms

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8 Weeks | $545 | 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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Let It Rip: The Art of Writing Fiery Prose

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6 Weeks | $445

You'll write prose that gets folks so hot and bothered they won't be able to put it down, even if it isn't about sex.

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Onward: Writing the Novel-in-Process

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12 Weeks | $795

So now that you have your opening novel pages, what next? Get detailed, constructive feedback on your work-in-progress, wherever you're at in writing it.

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Ordinary to Extraordinary: Turning Everyday Experiences into Poetry

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4 Weeks | $345

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No experience is too small or mundane to serve as a foundation for extraordinary poetry and short fiction.

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Plot Your Novel

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8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

Over eight weeks, you'll develop a solid basis in the fictional elements—protagonist, setting, secondary characters, point of view, plot, and theme—while you develop the outline of your novel. You'll receive feedback at all stages from your fellow writers and your instructor.

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Poetry as Sacred Attention

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Single-Day Webinar | $115

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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Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

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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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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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Sing the Body Electric: Poetry of the Body

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

The human body is a continuous source of inspiration for poetry. Embody the poetic in this electric workshop. 

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Six Flash Essays in Six Weeks

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Tell the stories of your life in 1,000 words or less in this generative flash essays workshop. 

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Tales From The Memory Palace: 6 to 250 Word Memoirs

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4 Weeks | $345

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

If you want to be an in demand storyteller in the digital age, you need to get in, get out and get going. In this "short" four-week memoir writing adventure, you'll learn to scope out, swoop down and snatch up important memories from your life then speed write them into miniature masterpieces.

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Telling the Stories Your Body Holds: Writing and Shaping Strong Personal Essays

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8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

Where do essays come from? In this course, they come from the body. Learn how to start—and finish—powerful essays that begin inside the self.

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The Body and Soul of Your Memoir: Shape, Focus, and Write Your Memoir

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Unearth your memoir's soul (its main focus and calling) and body (its organization and structure) as you write toward a completed draft. 

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The Craft of Poetry

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10 Weeks | $645

Poetry is alive and well. Contemporary poets can be touching, terrifying, and laugh-out-loud funny. Join us for an exploration of writing and reading poems.

The First Fifty Pages of the Novel

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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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The Healing Power of Poetry

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Poetry heals. Journey alongside several poets whose works resonate with a variety of healing themes, and learn how to use craft elements as healing tools.

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The Heart Remembers: Writing About Loss

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How can we organize grief and loss into language? Honor your feelings and write moving essays in this heart-centered creative nonfiction class. 

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The Literary Essay

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8 Weeks | $545

Explore the literary essay - from the conventional to the experimental, the journalistic to essays in verse - while writing and workshopping your own.

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The Magic of Flash Nonfiction

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Tell your stories quickly and stylishly in this short form creative nonfiction workshop, where you'll come away honing the magic of flash nonfiction.

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The Poetry of Play

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Get playful in your poetry in this fun-focused workshop, where we'll experiment our ways into new and delightful poems. 

The Surprising Sentence: Honing Your Prose Style

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195 | NEW!

Great sentences stack up into great stories. Learn how to hone your style and voice at the most basic unit of writing, the sentence, in this workshop.

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The Watching Eye/Thinking Mind: Writing Flash Fiction

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10 Weeks | $645$550Save 15%!

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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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Toying with the Truth: Writing the Personal Essay

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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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Writing Circle Workshop: Moving Toward Creativity & Light

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Connect with other writers, spark your creativity, and write light-filled poems in this writing circle workshop. 

Writing Paranormal Flash Fiction: Adventures With Angels, Spirits and Ghosts

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3 Weeks | $245 | NEW!

Create captivating stories about characters who live by rules different than our own. A fun, supportive foray into imaginative fiction, with an eye to publication. 

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Writing the Body: A Nonfiction Craft Seminar

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2 Single-Day Webinars | $195 | NEW!

The weird and wild body is a rich site of exploration in creative nonfiction. Explore the questions, stories, and lessons your body holds in this seminar with Margo Steines.

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