Writers' Village University
Writers' Educational Community
Writers Helping Writers Online Since 1995
"The first, the largest, and the best online university for writers."
Writers' Village University is more than a great place to learn how to write; it's a living, breathing community of writers from around the world. Education should be a life-long pursuit for beginning and experienced writers. At Writers' Village University, you'll get to know a community of friendly, helpful members who have made education an important part of their lives.
The "Village," as writers often refer to Writers' Village University, is a full-time support service and is always growing, offering new courses, seminars and special programs. As a member, you may take as many courses and workshops as you'd like. Many seminars are included too. You won't need to spend thousands of dollars on MFA programs, university creative writing courses and workshops like I've done. -- Best of all, you can fit courses to your schedule and pace. Programs are available for every level of writer. If you're a beginner, you won't have to worry about harsh, intimidating criticisms of your work. We prefer to encourage and build confidence. For more advanced writers, we provide guidelines that encourage detailed, constructive criticism with an emphasis on balance. We know it's just as important to point out the strong points in a writer's work as it is to suggest areas to improve.
-- RJ Hembree
Join Writers' Village University with full benefits
Annual Memberships are $99 for the first year, then $69 to renew.
3-Year Memberships are $175.
Installment plans are available for 1-year and 3-year Memberships.
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WVU's Fiction MFA is back with added courses and more flexibility. New classes begin every Thursday. The MFA Foundation Series are 2-week courses. The Advanced MFA courses run between 2 and 18 weeks. You can now take courses individually at your own pace. Three levels are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers. All courses will run in rotation, so if you miss or can't complete one, you can jump in on the next round. MFA courses are free to all WVU Members.
Course dates are for group workshops. Members also have 24/7 access to WVU courses for independent study.
Last day for registration is the Saturday following start date.
Classes starting July 30
B138 Plotting the Plot
F160 Lightness & Weight in Fiction
L134 Banned Books - Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain
Classes starting July 31
MFA 232 Backstory
Classes starting August 6
B105 Punctuation, facilitated by Janet Smith
C102 Comedy Writing Part 2
P114 Japanese Poetic Forms
Classes starting August 7
MFA 102 Sentence Structures: Propositions, Subtext and Syntax
Classes starting August 13
F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas
F164 The Single Effect Theory by Poe
F264 Creature Character Development
Classes starting August 14
MFA 103 Creativity and the Cumulative Sentence
Classes starting August 20
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Melissa Anne
F120 The Fiction Query & Synopsis: tools and tips for marketing your novel
F244 Writing the Mystery Short Story
P162 Poetry Triggers - Using Seasons as a Source of Inspiration
Classes starting August 21
MFA 105 Sentences: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy
Classes starting August 27
B116 Revising and Editing
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear
F208 Writing The Screenplay Part 2
P302 Lead or Silver? Revising Your Poems
Classes starting August 28
MFA 201 Discovering the Rose in the Rubble
WVU Course Schedule Updated for July/August 2014
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What is it that makes a novel great? What is it that keeps you turning pages long after the sun goes down and the gentle call of slumber beckons? To be sure, a great novel has engaging characters, riveting tension and wondrous settings. But getting to that point has less to do with magic or a brilliant talent, and more to do with hard work and peer review.
Do you have a novel that you know has great potential to keep readers turning pages? Is it already on paper or just an idea? Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and get to work? Then you need to join the Novel Writer's group, and surround yourself with passionate writers willing to review and critique your work, so you can polish it into the brilliant gem it was meant to be.
There's no better time to join WVU than now, and there's no better place than the Novel Writer's group!
Join WVU today.
Writers' Village University offers the largest selection of online writing courses available anywhere. Our fiction courses range from beginning to advanced concepts. This year, we are proud to introduce our Advanced MFA Series. Learning the craft of writing is a lifelong adventure, and we strive to stay in the forefront with conventional, cross-disciplinary and forward-looking writing courses. Thanks to a vibrant writers community, and knowledgable volunteers, WVU is an affordable alternative to traditional universities and expensive writing courses. Writers Helping Writers has always been our guiding motto. This is as true today as it was in 1995, when we introduced the first online university for writers to the World Wide Web.