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- All courses are free to members.
- Get 24/7 access to over 200 writing courses, including our popular MFA Series in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry.
- Join one of our many Writing Groups and Workshops.
- New interactive classes begin every week, including our 2-week MFA courses for busy people.
- Participate in Writers' Village University's Creative Writing and MFA Certificate Programs.
- Make lasting friendships with writers around the world.
Annual Memberships are $99 for the first year, then $69 to renew.
3-Year Memberships are $175.
Lifetime Memberships are $350.
30-Day Trial Memberships are $30.
Installment plans are available.
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MFA051 Flash Nonfiction: Image and Detail begins August 27
Course Length: 5 Weeks
Course Description: MFA51 is the second in a series of flash nonfiction workshops (works under 2,000 words).
MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image begins September 3
Course Length: 2 Weeks
Course Description: Flash Fiction -Staying True to the Image
Facilitated by: Robyn and Cinnamon
MFA750 Writing Literary Fiction - Part One begins September 8
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Description: You know the basic elements of fiction. Now what? Whether you’ve only written a few short stories or dozens, this course is designed to help you push your writing to the next level. To do that, we will concentrate on the craft and vision needed to write the literary short story. Alice LaPlante calls this the method and the madness. This course is one of three consecutive courses using the LaPlante book. It is a prerequisite for the other two courses in the series.
Required Resources (texts, etc): The Making of a Story: A Norton Guide to Creative Writing by Alice LaPlante
Method of Presentation/Instruction: Weekly reading, discussions, essay writing, and exercises plus a workshop in the last two weeks.
Course Developed and Facilitated By: Carolann Neilon Malley
Writers’ Village University currently offers three certificate programs: Fiction MFA, Short Story MFA and Creative Writing. MFA Program courses are facilitated by experienced volunteers. All courses and workshops are included with WVU Memberships at no extra charge.
WVU Fiction MFA
WVU’s Fiction MFA is modeled on graduate-level university programs. A full-time student typically takes three courses per semester for 3 years (six 16-week semesters). WVU works differently; our courses vary in length according to the subject. For MFA students, courses are grouped by the semester. For example, eight 2-week courses equal a one-semester course. Likewise, two 4-week courses plus one 8-week course equal a one-semester course.
Part time students may take classes according to their schedules. There is no time limit to complete the program.
WVU’s Fiction MFA program includes advanced workshops and a balance of craft and literature courses. This is our most comprehensive program with six 16-week semesters
Short Story MFA
Our Short Story MFA is a 2-year program with a balance of craft and literature courses. It includes four 16-week semesters.
Creative Writing Certificate
Our Creative Writing Certificate program is for beginners and includes two 16-week semesters.
Nonfiction MFA Courses
Nonfiction markets have changed dramatically in the last few years. On Nov. 20, 2014, WVU kicked off a new series of nonfiction classes designed for bloggers, essayist and Web-content writers.
Fiction MFA Courses
WVU's Fiction MFA is in full swing with new two-week courses and more flexibility for busy lives. New classes begin every week. Study at your own pace, or with scheduled classes. Three levels are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers.
New Literature Courses Added for 2015
(Check schedule for dates.)
L232 Kevin Moffett & Nam Le
L234 Barth and Borges
L116 Virginia Woolf
L210 Daisy Miller - Henry James
L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories
L200 Proust & Flaubert
L211 Poe and Hawthorne
L231 Paul Yoon Short Stories
L237 George Garrett Short Stories
L300 A Lesson before Dying
L301 If on a winter's night a traveler
L303 Great Gatsby
L304 The Death of Ivan Ilych
L305 Things Fall Apart
L306 Swann's Way
L307 Mrs. Dalloway
L308 One Hundred Years of Solitude
L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God
L310 The Moons of Jupiter
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 to 15 years. Most join for the courses, but stay for the groups.
WVU Site Guides are available to help members get started. Our site guides are knowledgeable WVU Volunteers who love helping other writers.
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. WVU currently has 30 active writing groups for from beginning to advanced writers.
Over 200 writing courses and workshops are included at no extra charge to members. New courses start weekly. Classes may be taken at scheduled times with fellow members, or as self-study courses anytime.
Unique Courses: WVU has the largest selection of online writing courses. While many of our classes cover traditional elements of the writing craft, we also teach advanced concepts not found in other schools, giving our members the edge needed to excel in their craft. A large percentage of our members have become published authors since joining WVU.
Our interactive classrooms are easy to use, intuitive and require no special software. Quick help is always available if needed.
Included is an extensive array of communication tools for members, including forums, 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 by WVU volunteers. 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. New courses are added and updated regularly to meet the demands of changing markets.
Join WVU Today: Annual Memberships are $99 for the first year & $69 to renew.