At the heart of WVU is an active, supportive writing community representing all levels of writing skills and interest. Our members represent over 100 countries from across the globe; the majority have been with us 5 years to 15 years. Most join for the courses, but stay for the groups.
Within WVU are many writing groups and workshops. Each has its own specialty, personality and writing goals. New members will always find a home in our community.
Over 300 writing courses and workshops are included at no extra charge to members. Classes may be taken at scheduled times with fellow members, or as self-study courses anytime.
Included is an extensive array of communication tools for members, including forums, blogs, private messaging, inter-community mailbox, chat rooms, and personal profile pages where members may share photos and videos.
Quick, friendly support is readily available whenever needed. Help requests are often responded to within minutes. Our FAQs, Knowledge Base and Support Forum cover most questions, so answers are always easy to find.
We offer a wide variety of resources for writers, including reference tools, a bookstore and our Character Building Workshop.
Currently, we're introducing a new line of advanced courses inspired by traditional university MFA programs, but without the expensive tuition. Our MFA courses are included with memberships. The course are 2-18 weeks long, are flexible, and fit busy schedules.
Join WVU Today: Annual Memberships are $99 for the first year & $69 to renew.
I love writing. It fills up my day and doing it through WVU is a kick. Not only do you get help, but you can socialize as well. I now have friends that stretch from the California Coast to the Greek Isle, and I did it without leaving my chair in front of the computer.
David Hayes - 2011
I joined Writers Village in its infancy during the last century, "it takes a Village to teach" is an accurate assessment, although I wrote poetry before I joined the Village, the peer editing and interaction creating introspection honed my skills as a poet as well as introducing me to other genres of writing. I am now active in the State and National Poetry scene participating with confidence. I have published two collections of poetry and have many more waiting to be compiled. I thank Writers' Village and the lasting education I received there as I return to once again participate in their programs continuing an adventure in writing that does not seem to have an end before the grave. Sincerely,Tom SpencerLowell, Indiana - 2010
Artistic License: Celebrating life, love, laughter in the pursuit of empowerment and publication.
The Cafe: A friendly place where WVU members can visit to have their work read, and to read the works of others.
Creative Energy Unlimited: This group welcomes all who want to practice fiction as an organic work of art, rather than using formulas. The process of "dreamstorming", as described by Robert Olen Butler, is the foundation of our approach to writing, though prior knowledge of this method is not required. Members set goals for their writing and hone their craft through study, discussion, practice and feedback.
Flash Dance: The Flash Dance study group focuses on Flash Fiction, defined as a maximum of 1,000 words with a complete story arc. All styles, genres, and levels of expertise are welcome. Members may post one story per week. Feedback on all stories is mandatory.
The Finish Line: Clearly stated goals are the step between what you want and what you get. This group helps writers at any level achieve what they desire most as goals change an obscure dream into a blueprint for action.
Hemingway Hall: An eclectic mix of writers dedicated to good writing, good feedback and good work. All genres & styles welcome.
Inspirational Writers: Supportive, positive group for writers of Inspirational and varied types of writing. Christian atmosphere with all faiths welcome. "Cold Pricklies" (honest feedback) served daily.
Julia Cameron Group: A writing group focused on the works of Julia Cameron with in-depth discussions and exercises based on her books.
Middle Earth: Scribes, Taverns and Trees: Fantasy joins Reality at a table piled high with rich characters and meaty plots. Shared stories and comments for dessert.
Misfits Writing Group: We write in more than one genre and form, but take learning the craft seriously and are committed to supporting our members.
Mystery Writers Group: Home of detectives, spies, crime fighters, amateur sleuths, etc.
Mythic Madness: A writers group dedicated to the Hero's Journey/Mythic Structure paradigm
Natural World: For all who enjoy nature, the environment, animals and travel. Fiction, non-fiction, poetry and novels with nature or travel related themes are welcome.
911 Writers Group: A group of zany writers adopt animal personalities, helping boost the creative process, while doing some very serious writing in all genres.
Non-fiction Group: For writers of non-fiction books; articles, essays, opinion pieces and columns; and freelance and staff journalists
Passion For Prose: For writers of novel-length fiction who are dedicated to honing their skills, giving and receiving honest critiques, and networking with like-minded authors.
Persist and Publish: This writing group is for writers who are working on novels, have an understanding of the basic concepts of fiction writing, and who want to give and receive honest and detailed feedback.
Shadow Land: A writing group committed to writing Speculative Fiction (Horror, Gothic, Sci-Fi, Fantasy and any combination thereof). New blood always welcome.
Stories: Short to not so short fiction (300 to 30000 words). All genres are welcome. A good writing group for beginning writers. Constructive feedback provided.
Sweethearts of the Rodeo: This is an intense study group that involves the reading and discussion of short stories as well as articles and books on craft. It is not for beginners. The focus is on literary and mainstream short stories, and the work requires a commitment of many hours a week. Word count is 1,500 to 6,500.
Word Slingers: A writing group that focuses on novel writing
Word Weavers: Focuses on poetry, poetry critiquing, and some poetics. For beginning and experienced poets
Young Adults and Children's Hour: The ultimate playground hangout for every story, toddler to teen.