Text and Live Video

In these courses, you will join both live video meetings (usually weekly Zoom calls), as well as text-based course software for course content, writing assignments, and feedback.

Upcoming Courses




June Courses

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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Stringing the Beads: Craft Your Personal Essay

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June 26 | 4 Weeks | $345$295Save 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$380Save 15%! | NEW!

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

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July Courses

Opening the Door to Poetry

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July 10 | 8 Weeks | $545

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.

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 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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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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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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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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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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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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The Joy of Poetry: A Beginner-Friendly Workshop

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

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.

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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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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Tiny and True: Creating Flash Essays with Mindfulness

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September 11 | 6 Weeks | $445$380Early Bird: Save 15%!

How do you tell the full truth in under 1,000 words? Learn the art of flash essays and write nuggets of wisdom in this tiny essay class.

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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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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.

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

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

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

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January 1 | 6 to 10 weeks | $715

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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*Private Class | From Pitch to Publication: Writing Narrative Journalism

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January 1 | 8 to 12 Weeks | $645

Explore literary journalism as a powerful means to share fascinating characters, stories, and perspectives. Learn all you need to start pitching, landing, and writing reported essays and features.

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*Private Class | Telling the Stories Your Body Holds: Writing and Shaping Strong Personal Essays

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January 1 | 8 to 12 weeks | $645

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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*Private Class | Using Bullet Journaling to Achieve Writing Goals

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January 1 | 3 to 7 weeks | $345

Looking to keep your writing goals organized? Make it happen in our bullet journaling course. Learn the art of the BuJo with Rudri Patel!

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*Private Class | Write Your World: Express Your Creativity through Article Writing, Blogging, and Essays

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January 1 | 6 to 10 Weeks | $545

Want to write your world, your way? Join us for this six-week program on article writing, blogging, and essays.

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*Private Class | Writing Our Grief: How to Channel Loss into Creative Expression

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January 1 | 8 to 12 Weeks | $645

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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A Crazy Little Thing Called Love: Writing Original Love Poems

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

How do poets write about love in fresh, surprising, original ways? Tackle the art of love poetry and write about all kinds of love in this generative workshop.

A Poet’s Calling Card: Writing and Composing a Chapbook

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8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

The poetry chapbook gives poets the chance to make a small, artful collection around a poetic obsession. Learn how to craft yours in this 8 week chapbook intensive.

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. 

Crafting the Romance Novel

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4 Weeks | $345

More than happily ever after. Writing a romance novel is about more than just telling the story of how two characters meet, fall in love, and ride off into the sunset of happily ever after. A romance novel follows the same structure as powerful novels in other genres and employs the building blocks of great…

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Creating Narrative in Comics

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Art and storytelling have a rich relationship to one another. Explore that relationship in this class on writing narrative comics. Open to all artistic skill levels!

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De Novo: How to Build Your Own Fantasy or Sci-Fi World

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6 Weeks | $445

Create captivating worlds in this comprehensive worldbuilding course. You'll come away with fantastic settings that make your stories mesmerizing, believable, and real.

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Deep Waters: The Prose Poem Advanced Workshop

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Take the plunge in this advanced prose poetry course, where you'll write and revise short, powerful works of prose that hit like poetry.

Experiments in Poetry

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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.

First Pages That Will Pull Agents In!

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6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Polish your opening pages in this novel intensive, where you'll make your first pages so perfect, your readers will need to know what comes next.

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From Pitch to Publication: Writing Narrative Journalism

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8 Weeks | $545

Explore literary journalism as a powerful means to share fascinating characters, stories, and perspectives. Learn all you need to start pitching, landing, and writing reported essays and features.

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From Writing Circle to Finished Poem: Turn Raw Writing into Poetry

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Gather together in a virtual writing circle, hit the mute button on your internal editor, and uncover inspiration to shape into poetry.

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From Writing Circles to Poems of Gratitude and Hope

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4 Weeks | $345

Poetry is a powerful method for healing and happiness. Write poems about gratitude and hope in our intimate, live-video writing circles, with instructor Susan Vespoli.

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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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How to Craft a Poem

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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.  

How to Write Character-Driven Stories

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6 Weeks | $445

Characters don't just drive the story, they are the story. Learn how to craft character-centered fiction and give life to the people on your page.

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Intro to Fiction Writing

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8 Weeks | $545

What makes a good fiction story? Learn how to write compelling stories in this eight-week intro to fiction course, with Donna Levin.

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Kickstart Your Novel

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1 day workshop | $115 | NEW!

How do novelists turn an idea into a published book? Gain the confidence to be a novelist in this transformational 3 hour workshop. 

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Look Again: Revision for Novel Writers

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6 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Most novels become great through the power of revision. Learn how to turn a rough draft into a swoon-worthy manuscript that readers and publishers will love.

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Simple Winter Sanity-Saving Writing Circles

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4 Weeks | $345

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Write your way to the finish line of 2023: let go of and say goodbye to a momentous year, honor the changes in yourself and the world, and set your intentions for a new chapter.

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Story Lab: Story Structure 101

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5 Weeks | $395 | NEW!

Structure is essential to great storytelling. Learn how to roadmap any story in this comprehensive story structure class.

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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 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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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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Untie the Tropes: Write In-Depth YA Protagonists

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5 Weeks | $395

Do you want to write YA, but you're terrified of teenagers? Learn how to write authentic teen characters without tropes in this generative YA course.

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What to Do When Your Characters Fall in Love: Writing Romance in Any Genre

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5 Weeks | $395

Relationships are an important feature of fiction—and not just romances! If your non-romance work has love involved, learn the ropes in this 5 week course, open to writers of all genres.

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Write Your Novel Draft!

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Move far ahead in your novel draft, while learning the craft of novel writing and developing a stronger writing practice.

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Write Your Novel: The Art of the Outline

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8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Structure and start your novel in this comprehensive class. You'll come away with a skeleton for your story and at least 20 pages written.

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Writing About Family

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8 Weeks | $545

Family is complicated, and so is writing about it. Navigate the complexities of writing about real relationships in this generative essay class.

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Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Monday/Friday)

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.

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Writing Circle Workshop: Writing for Happiness, Healing, and Health (Tuesday/Saturday)

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6 Weeks | $445

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Expressive writing can be a powerful elixir for what ails you. Learn and practice tools for writing expressively, including two virtual writing circles each week, turn raw writing into poetry or prose, and come away with a better understanding of how writing can lead toward wellness.

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Writing Place in Creative Nonfiction

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5 Weeks | $395

In Creative Nonfiction, place is a character in itself. Deeply explore a narrative and a place of your choosing, and make weekly progress on your essay or memoir.

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Writing Short Stories with the Empathic Approach

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8 weeks | $545

Great fiction brings deeper understanding. Foster a greater sense of connection and supercharge your stories in this empathy-driven fiction class.

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