Our online novel writing courses are here to support you, whether you have a novel idea you're burning to write, a work-in-progress you wish to move forward, or a completed manuscript to polish and refine.
You’ll get weekly instructor feedback on your work, ongoing collaboration with other novelists, and a supportive course structure that will help you set and meet your writing goals.
Learn from published novelists who have spent decades perfecting their craft and are dedicated to supporting you and your work.
Our online novel writing classes are filling fast. Find the right course for you today!
Upcoming Novel Writing Classes
| The Hero's Journey For Storytellers|
April 8, 2020
$360 | 10 Weeks
Structure your story and give it meaning with Joseph Campbell’s The Hero’s Journey.
| Write Your Novel! The Workshop With Jack|
April 15, 2020
$360 | 10 Weeks
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!
| The "I've Always Wanted To Write Fiction" Workshop|
April 22, 2020
$215 | 5 Weeks
Learn the basics of fiction writing and submit weekly writing for feedback from Shelley Singer, author of 13 novels. It’s time to start.
| Writing the First Novel|
April 29, 2020
$360 | 10 Weeks
A novel writing preparatory course for the first-time novelist.
| Experiments in Genre: Finding Creative Inspiration by Messing Up the Rules|
May 6, 2020
$260 | 6 Weeks NEW!
Can you translate the movement of a dance into a poem? What happens when you write a story in the form of a multiple-choice quiz? Learn to take your work in rich and unexpected new directions by subverting and blending genre conventions.
| Humor Is The New Black!|
May 6, 2020
$175 | 4 Weeks
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.
| The Ongoing Fiction Workshop|
May 13, 2020
$360 | 10 Weeks
Many students have attended this 10-week online fiction workshop with Shelley Singer multiple times, completed novels, and come back to finish more books.
| Writing Autobiographical Fiction|
May 20, 2020
$315 | 8 Weeks NEW!
Learn to depart from “what really happened,” and write compelling fiction from your own life experiences.
| Mastering the Elements of Fiction|
July 1, 2020
$360 | 10 Weeks
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.
Unscheduled Novel Writing Classes
Browse our full novel offerings below. Let us know which novel writing courses you're interested in, and we'll contact you with dates when we're ready to put them on our calendar.
For novelists ready to write daily and intensively to finish the first draft of their novel in ten weeks.
Voice: What is it and how do you find yours? Instructor Gloria Kempton offers feedback on assignments in this 3-week online class.
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.
Write about love beyond trite sentiment and shallow fictions. Work down to the real thing: deep, powerful, destructive, exalted, fundamental.
Banish writer’s block, unearth fresh ideas, and sharpen your storytelling ability with the practice of fast, timed writing.
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!
In-depth character development using an ancient personality study of human motivation–the Enneagram.
For writers of memoir, creative nonfiction and fiction, with some experience. Particularly helpful to writers in the midst of a longer work.
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.
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.
Have a grand time with specific physical exercises that honor your health, generate imaginative ideas, explore deeply and make your creative writing entertaining.
Bring your characters to life in this in-depth character development class with Gloria Kempton.
Address the larger issues of writing story through a look at the essential elements of narrative in fiction and memoir.
During this six week program, you will work closely one-on-one with Kelly to finalize, refine, and polish your picture book into a manuscript ready to submit for publication or representation.
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.
Author Sarah Aronson leads this intermediate/advanced workshop on writing for children. It offers support, structure and detailed feedback on manuscripts.
A course for intensive practice and feedback in scene writing skills.
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.
A course covering both plotting and outlining for the novelist, with Dennis Foley.
Write like mad, read brilliant books & deepen your craft while exploring new paths to inspiration. With novelist and poet Anya Achtenberg, .
For those who want to kick start their writing into high gear.
Inject suspense into your stories to keep readers turning pages. For writers of all kinds of fiction: thrillers, mysteries, romance, humor, literary and memoir. A four week class with Giulietta Nardone.
As a prison volunteer for 20 years, Gloria Kempton has met many anti-heroes. In this course, you’ll receive feedback on your story antagonists.
It’s an age-old art form—storytelling—and you can learn the craft.
The first 50 pages sets up plot, characters, and voice. Fail here and the reader is gone. Receive feedback on your book’s start from novelist Sandra Novack.
Create new work with fresh language, universal themes, sustained mystery and memorable characters. Stimulate your imagination.
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.
For young writers (ages 10-15) who want to learn more about creating their own stories: Four video seminars and direct one-to-one coaching with Sarah Aronson!
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Why Take a Novel Writing Course with Writers.com?
- We welcome writers of all backgrounds and experience levels, and we are here for one reason: to support you on your writing journey.
- Small groups keep our online novel writing classes lively and intimate.
- Work through your weekly written lectures, course materials, and writing assignments at your own pace.
- Share and discuss your work with classmates in a supportive class environment.
- Your course instructor will offer you direct, personal feedback and suggestions on every assignment you submit.