are lots of courses available for budding writers. Most colleges and
universities have a creative writing division so you should check
your local educational institutions if you want a classroom setting
type of program. The courses listed here are mostly online.
Freelance Zone - this website lists courses on creative
writing available at colleges and universities across the United
States. They are organized by state.
Gotham Writers - Gotham Writers offers writing course in
New York City a well as online. Courses begin in October and a
free one hour sample class can be attended. Pricing is similar
to university courses.
Great Courses: The Secrets of Great Mystery and Suspense Fiction
- a course of 36 half hour lectures presented by Professor David
Schmid at the State University of New York, Buffalo.
How to Write a Book in 30 Days - this is a terrific
article from The Guardian newspaper that includes worksheets you
can print off to use as a template for writing a novel. Click
here for the
Institute of Children's Literature - offers courses to
adults interested in writing for children. This is an extensive
website with a lot of useful information on writing for the
James Patterson Teaches Writing - one of the best
selling authors in the world, James Patterson is now offering a
course for writers. Here is a
review by Joyce Maynard, author of Labor Day.
Institute of Literary Arts - located on Whidbey Island
in Washington State, NILA offers a number of courses and is the
first organization that is not a college or university to offer
a Maste of Fine Arts in Creative Writing. It is nationally
accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council and
recognized by the US Department of Education.
Port Moody Writers Workshop - two workshops for
writers held at the Kyle Center in Port Moody, BC, Canada. Fees
range from $95-110 per semester.
Premium Zoetrope Fiction Writing - a beginner and a
premium fiction writing course is offered online through Gotham
Writers. They are both 11 week courses. They are priced about
the same as university courses.
Simon Fraser University Writing and Communications - SFU
offers over 100 writing courses in its Continuing Studies
Program. Taught at the downtown Vancouver campus.
Story is a State of Mind - a self-directed course from
author Sarah Selecky. This course is recommended by Margaret
Atwood. Cost is $250.
Vancouver School of Writing - VSW has a number of
inexpensive courses taught at community centers around
Vancouver, B.C. as well as online courses.
Writers' Workshop - based in Seattle, Washington, The
Writers' Workshop offers a variety of courses on writing in
Seattle and online.
Writing Life Women's Writing Circle - poet Mary Anne
Moore offers a nine month home study course as well as a six
week writing circle. There are fees involved.
Writing Workshops With Robert J. Sawyer - Sawyer is a
Hugo and Nebula award winning sci-fi author and offers periodic
workshops. Check the website for details.