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




January Courses

The Craft of Poetry

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January 25 | 8 Weeks | $495

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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January 25 | 10 Weeks | $595

Only 1 seat left!

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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February Courses

Plot Your Novel

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February 1 | 8 Weeks | $495

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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Style and Sense: Bring Your Writing to Life

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February 1 | 4 Weeks | $295

How do we transport our readers to vivid worlds? In this course, learn the skills that evoke the senses and bring your writing to life.

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Mastering the Elements of Fiction

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February 8 | 10 Weeks | $595

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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Essentials of Character Development: How to Create Characters that Move and Breathe and Can’t Stop Talking

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February 15 | 8 Weeks | $495

Bring your characters to life in this in-depth character development class with Gloria Kempton.

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Manuscript Workshop: Writing For Young Readers

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February 15 | 8 Weeks | $495

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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Syllables to Stanzas: Crafting Your Poetry Portfolio

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February 15 | 8 weeks | $495

Discover the elements of poetic mastery: structure and form, sound and tone, image and metaphor, character and voice, and much more.

Creating the Visual Journal

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February 22 | 8 Weeks | $495

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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March Courses

The Art of Storytelling

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March 1 | 8 Weeks | $495

It’s an age-old art form—storytelling—and you can learn the craft.

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The Lyric Essay

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March 1 | 10 Weeks | $595

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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Discover Your Writing Niche

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March 15 | 8 Weeks | $495

Fiction or nonfiction? Article, short story, or how-to book? Do you want to write for children, teens, adults? There is a type of writing that is best suited for you, and the discovery process can be an adventure.

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Flash Fiction: Writing the Short-Short Story

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March 22 | 10 Weeks | $595

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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April Courses

Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack

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April 5 | 10 Weeks | $595

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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Getting Started Marketing Your Work

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April 12 | 4 Weeks | $295

Solve the mystery of marketing and get your work out there in front of readers in this 4-week online class taught by Instructor Gloria Kempton.

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The Literary Essay

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April 12 | 6 Weeks | $395

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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Next-Level Creative Nonfiction: Elevating Essays, Memoir, Travel Writing & Literary Journalism

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April 26 | 10 Weeks | $595

Elevate your memoir, travel writing, literary journalism, & lyric and personal essays.

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May Courses

The Hero’s Journey For Storytellers

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May 3 | 10 Weeks | $595

Structure your story and give it meaning with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.

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July Courses

Starting to Write

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July 12 | 8 Weeks | $495

For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.

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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.

Accessing Your Writer’s Voice

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3 Weeks | $245

Voice: What is it and how do you find yours? Instructor Gloria Kempton offers feedback on assignments in this 3-week online class.

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Boost Your Imagination and Reap the Literary Rewards

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4 Weeks | $295

It happens to all of us: life gets in the way and our creativity falters. Get back on track with this four-week creativity boosting class!

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But What Is Your Story Really About? Finding the Core of Your Short Memoir, Story, or Personal Essay

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4 Weeks | $295

Take a four-week writing adventure deep into the core of your story, to find the true theme of your personal essay, short story, or short memoir.

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Crafting a Story or Novel Chapter Using Forward-Moving Tension

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5 Weeks | $345

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 for Young Adults

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5 Weeks | $345

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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Crafting the Poetry Novel: Advanced Workshop

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5 weeks | $345

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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Creative Nonfiction and the Personal Essay

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10 Weeks | $595

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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

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Creative Writing & Storytelling Techniques For Business Professionals

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4 Weeks | $295

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 | $595

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

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6 Weeks | $395

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

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Embodied Writing: Improve Your Writing with Full-Body Creativity

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6 Weeks | $395

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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Embodied Writing: Somatic Practices to Improve Your Work

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6 Weeks | $395

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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Find Your Brave: Publishing As An Act Of Courage

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4 Weeks | $295

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 | $495

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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Food Writing: Meals And Manuscripts

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8 Weeks | $495

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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Fundamentals of Travel Writing

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8 Weeks | $495

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 | $295

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 | $295

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 Your Own Words: Transforming Life Into Memoir and Fiction

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8 Weeks | $495

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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Introduction to Writing Genre Fiction

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10 Weeks | $595

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

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

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8 Weeks | $495

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 | $345

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

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4 Weeks | $295

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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Ordinary to Extraordinary: Turning Everyday Experiences into Poetry

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4 Weeks | $295

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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

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Overcome Writing Anxiety: Boost Your Storytelling Confidence in Four Short Weeks!

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4 Weeks | $295

"Who are you to want to write?" Someone great, that's who! Politely ask Mr. or Ms. Fear to step aside while you sign up for this fun, freeing and functional adventure.

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Poetic Prose: The Prose Poem

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10 Weeks | $595

Course full. Contact us to join waitlist.

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

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Poetry Workshop: Bring Your Poems to Life

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8 Weeks | $495

Only 2 seats left!

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

Tales From The Memory Palace: 6 to 250 Word Memoirs

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4 Weeks | $295

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 Your Food Story

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4 Weeks | $295

Let's write at the kitchen table together, as we explore using food as a lens to tell our stories.

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The Five Ws (and One H) of Drafting Middle Grade and Young Adult Novels

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8 Weeks | $495

Asking yourself these six questions will give you the scaffolding for your next young adult or middle grade novel.

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The Micro-obstacles/Flow Technique

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3 Weeks | $245

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

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The Next Fifty Pages of the Novel

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10 Weeks | $595

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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The Sixth Sense: Writing Horror with a Message

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4 Weeks | $295

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 | $345

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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4 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 | $595

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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Word Flashes & Eye Snapshots: Sketching Your Life Awake

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8 Weeks | $495

For any writer wanting to root writing in vision and vision in the body: for poetry, fiction, essay, memoir & pleasure.

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Write into Mystery: Writing Flash Memoir on Wonder and the Unexplained

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4 Weeks | $295

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 Children’s Book!

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8 Weeks | $495

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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Write Your Picture Book!

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6 Weeks | $395

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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Writing Autobiographical Fiction

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8 Weeks | $495

Only 2 seats left!

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

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Writing the Short Story

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10 Weeks | $595

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 | $495

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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