Text-Based

In these courses, you will join text-based course software for course content, writing assignments, and feedback.

These courses do not include live video meetings (such as weekly Zoom calls).

Upcoming Courses




July Courses

Writing Autobiographical Fiction

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

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

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Poetry II: Hone Your Voice for Emotional Impact

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July 24 | 8 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Write more powerful poetry though sound, form, and image. Explore poetic craft and creativity to write your most imaginative and moving work.

Crafting the Poetry Novel for Young Adults

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July 31 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Save 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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August Courses

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

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August 14 | 8 Weeks | $545 | 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. 

Long Story Short: Compressing Life into Meaningful Micro Memoirs

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August 14 | 6 Weeks | $445 | NEW!

Distill the spirit of your story in fewer than 500 words. Learn to craft compelling short nonfiction, and write and revise five new pieces of micro memoir.

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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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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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September Courses

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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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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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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Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack

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October 2 | 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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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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Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts

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

Do you love cookbooks, cooking, or reading anything about food? This food writing course is for you. With award winning writer Jennifer Billock.

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Plot Your Novel

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October 16 | 8 Weeks | $545$465Early Bird: Save 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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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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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 | Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity

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January 1 | 6 to 10 Weeks | $545 | NEW!

Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.

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*Private Class | Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work

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January 1 | 6 to 10 Weeks | $545

Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.

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*Private Class | Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts

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January 1 | 6 to 10 Weeks | $545

Do you love cookbooks, cooking, or reading anything about food? This food writing course is for you. With award winning writer Jennifer Billock.

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*Private Class | Introduction to Writing Genre Fiction

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January 1 | 10 to 14 Weeks | $745

Take the whirlwind tour! Learn the conventions of eight major fiction genres, try them out, and figure out your niche.

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*Private Class | Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

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January 1 | 8 to 12 Weeks | $645 | NEW!

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

*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 | The Micro-obstacles/Flow Technique

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January 1 | 3 to 7 Weeks | $395

Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.

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*Private Class | Writing the Short Story

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January 1 | 10 to 14 Weeks | $745

Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.

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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.

Battling the Blank Page: Writing the First Third of Your Novel

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10 Weeks | $645 | NEW!

If the blank page daunts you, conquer it in this comprehensive novel writing course, where you'll end with over 1/3 of a first draft written.

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Crafting a Story or Novel Chapter Using Forward-Moving Tension

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5 Weeks | $395

How do writers tell stories with tension, action, and emotion? Learn how to write forward-moving tension in this 5 week fiction course.

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Crafting the Poetry Novel: Advanced Workshop

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5 weeks | $395

Want to make headway on your poetry novel? This workshop offers the structure and resources to get it done, with instructor Kelly Bingham.

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Creating the Visual Journal

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8 Weeks | $545

Go beyond narrow definitions of “journaling" to include visual images and let writing give what is seen a new voice. Surprise yourself.

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Creative Nonfiction: The Art of Telling True Stories

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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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Creative Writing & Storytelling Techniques For Business Professionals

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4 Weeks | $345

Good writing helps business connect deeply with the clients they're hoping to work with. Learn how to hone the power of story in your professional career.

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Drafty in Here: Write Your Novella in Ten Weeks

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10 Weeks | $645

Write the entire first draft of a novella-length story, with plenty of feedback from stage to stage, and finish with a plan for revising toward a publishable manuscript.

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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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Find Your Brave: Publishing As An Act Of Courage

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4 Weeks | $345

In this fun, transformative four-week program, get tips and techniques to bring out your courage to publish a story in print or online.

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Food Writing: Food-Focused Memoir

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8 Weeks | $545

The food we eat and enjoy tells volumes about our lives and experiences. Write it all down in this food memoir course, with Jennifer Billock.

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Fundamentals of Travel Writing

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8 Weeks | $545

Take to the skies in this online travel writing course. We'll discuss the market, different types of travel writing, and pitching your piece!

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Growing Smaller: The Art of Micro- and Short Fiction

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4 Weeks | $345

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

Less is more. Learn the ropes of flash and micro-fiction in this 4-week course and hone the art of the short-short story.

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Humor Is The New Black!

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4 Weeks | $345

Ready to add a splash of fun to your writing life? Join us for a four-week humor writing class. We’ll read. We’ll laugh. We’ll write. We’ll experiment.

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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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In Your Own Words: Transforming Life Into Memoir and Fiction

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8 Weeks | $545

Learn how to draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or those of people you know, or want to know, to craft compelling, publishable memoirs, personal essays, autobiographical novels and short stories, and/or narrative poetry.

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Let’s Get Personal: The Art and Craft of the Personal Essay

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8 Weeks | $545

Draw inspiration and material from your life experiences or “real life” people you know to craft compelling, publishable personal essays. With author Margo Perin.

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Manuscript Review for Children’s Writers: Summer Edition

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5 Weeks | $395

Instructor Sarah Aronson welcomes all writers who are working on manuscripts for kids and teens. This advanced workshop will focus entirely on the participants' own work in progress.

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Manuscript Workshop: Writing For Young Readers

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8 Weeks | $545

Author Denise Santomauro leads this intermediate/advanced workshop on writing for children. It offers support, structure and detailed feedback on manuscripts.

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Mastering the Elements of Fiction

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10 Weeks | $645

In this course, you’ll work with the basic elements of fiction--the fundamentals that drive the story and determine the quality of the work.

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No More Excuses! Four Weeks to Finish and Submit Your Personal Essay or Short Memoir

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4 Weeks | $345

Join us for this insightful four-week “get the writing done” program, give and receive thoughtful comments from your fellow writers and the instructor, and enjoy heaps of encouragement and writing wisdom along the way.

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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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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.

Speculative Fiction: Sci-fi, Fantasy, & More

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Speculative fiction isn't (only) warp drives and magic wands; it's anything that examines human lives and relationships through alternate realities. In this course, learn how to wield the fantastic in your fiction.

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

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4 Weeks | $345$295Save 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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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 Elements of Fiction

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8 Weeks | $545$465Save 15%!

Good fiction writing can feel like juggling as you balance all the different elements of storytelling. By the end of this course, you'll be an expert juggler.

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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 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 Micro-obstacles/Flow Technique

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3 Weeks | $295

Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.

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The Sixth Sense: Writing Horror with a Message

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4 Weeks | $345

Looking to write the substance of nightmares? Learn the ropes of horror writing in this spine-chilling fiction course.

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The Soundtrack of Your Life: Writing About Music, Memories and Mix Tapes

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5 Weeks | $395

In a song inspired class, write several essays about the music that has moved you through life: the emotions, the relationships, the events, the outcomes.

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The Wandering Heart: Tales of Connection

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3 Weeks | $295

Wander through the rooms of your own life to discover stories of deep connection, reconnection or loss of connection and fashion your findings into stories suitable for blog posts, essays, short memoirs, short plays, scenes in screenplays, or chapters of novels.

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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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What’s So Funny? Writing Poetic Humor

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4 Weeks | $345 | NEW!

Can a poem make the audience laugh out loud? Learn how to harness poetic humor in this class about knocking the reader's socks off.

Write Your Children’s Book!

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8 Weeks | $545

If you’re looking for accountability, support, enthusiasm, feedback, and a chance to make progress on your Children's Book or YA story, then this is the place for you.

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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 Short Story

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10 Weeks | $645

Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.

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Writing with Tarot

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8 Weeks | $545

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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