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.

  • Get full access to over 300 courses, including our popular MFA Courses.
  • Join one of our many Writing Groups
  • Have full access to all WVU's writing tools and reference material--all in one place.
  • New courses begin every week, including our 2-week MFA courses for busy people.
  • Writers' Village University Certificates of Completion are available for all courses.


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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.

April & May classes

Classes starting April 2 Registration begins March 26

B103 Grammar,facilitated by Janet Smith

F126 Story Structures

F128 Taking the Intimidation out of Theme

L116 Virginia Woolf 1882-1941, facilitated by Bob Hembree

Classes starting April 3 Registration begins March 27

MFA 205 Developing Characters

Classes starting April 9 Registration begins April 2

B122 Libel and Permission

C118 Comedy Writing - Working with Analyzation

F114 Dialogue

F212 Heroes and Heroines (Sixteen Master Archetypes)

Classes starting April 10 Registration begins April 2

MFA 206 Minor Characters

Classes starting April 16 Registration begins April 9

B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Melissa Anne

F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form

C102 Comedy Writing Part 2

P198 Poetry Triggers - Writing About a Loss

Classes starting April 17 Registration begins April 10

MFA 207 Setting and Character

Classes starting April 23 Registration begins April 16

B128 Opening Hooks

F132 Mythic Structure Part 2

F158 Beyond the Elements: Six Memos for the Next Millennium

F204 Introduction to Screenwriting

Classes starting April 24 Registration begins April 17

MFA 208 Difficult Characters

Classes starting April 30 Registration begins April 23

B154 Finding Your Voice

F108 Creativity In A Box

F244 Writing the Mystery Short Story

N140 Writing the Memoir

Classes starting May 1 Registration begins April 24

MFA 209 Point of View Basics

Classes starting May 7 Registration begins April 30

MFA301 Meter

F116 Getting the Words Right

N128 Writing from the Heart

P148 Poetry Triggers - Breaking Through Writer's Block

Classes starting May 8 Registration begins May 1

MFA 210 The Art of First Person

Classes starting May 14 Registration begins May 7

B107 The Writers' Way to Creativity Part 1, facilitated by Janet Smith

B172 Revision: Writing and Rewriting Fiction

F146 Let's Make A Scene

F216 Writing Boosters - Recipe #3

N114 Writing for Magazines Part 1

Classes starting May 15 Registration begins May 8

MFA 211 The Art of Third Person

Classes starting May 21 Registration begins May 14

B101 WVU Orientation,facilitated by Melissa Anne

B154 Finding Your Voice

F224 Playwriting

P150 Poetry Triggers - Nature Writing A Saturation Poem

Classes starting May 22 Registration begins May 15

MFA 212 What is a Plot?

Classes starting May 28 Registration begins May 21

C104 Comedy Writing: Working with Jokes

F152 Horror Writing

F218 Writing Boosters - Recipe #4

B114 Point of View & Related Topics

Classes starting May 29 Registration begins May 22

MFA 213 The Art of Sequencing

WVU News

WVU Course Schedule Updated

WVU Course Schedule Updated for  April/May 2014

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Novel Writer's Group Looking for Members


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.


Advanced MFA Series

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.