Privacy Policy

Protecting your private information is our priority. This Statement of Privacy applies to https://writersvillage.com and Writers' Village University and governs data collection and usage. For the purposes of this Privacy Policy, unless otherwise noted, all references to Writers' Village University include https://writersvillage.com and WVU. The WVU website is a writers' educational community site. By using the WVU website, you consent to the data practices described in this statement.

Collection of your Personal Information

In order to better provide you with products and services offered on our Site, WVU may collect personally identifiable information, such as your

 -          First and Last Name

 -          Mailing Address

 -          E-mail Address

 -          Phone Number

 -          IP numbers

If you purchase WVU's products and services, PayPal or Authorize.net collect billing and credit card information. This information is used to complete the purchase transaction.

Please keep in mind that if you directly disclose personally identifiable information or personally sensitive data through WVU's message boards, this information may be collected and used by others.

We do not collect any personal information about you unless you voluntarily provide it to us. However, you may be required to provide certain personal information to us when you elect to use certain products or services available on the Site. These may include: (a) registering for an account on our Site; (b) registering for a course or program; (c) signing up for special offers from selected third parties; (d) sending us an email message; (e) submitting your credit card or other payment information to PayPal or Authorize.net when ordering an purchasing products and services on our Site. To wit, we will use your information for, but not limited to, communicating with you in relation to services and/or products you have requested from us. We also may gather additional personal or non-personal information in the future.

Use of your Personal Information

WVU collects and uses your personal information to operate its website(s) and deliver the services you have requested.

WVU may also use your personally identifiable information to inform you of other products or services available from WVU and its affiliates.

Sharing Information with Third Parties

WVU does not sell, rent or lease its customer lists to third parties.

WVU may share data with trusted partners to help perform statistical analysis, send you email or postal mail, provide customer support, or arrange for deliveries. All such third parties are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide these services to WVU, and they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information.

WVU may disclose your personal information, without notice, if required to do so by law or in the good faith belief that such action is necessary to: (a) conform to the edicts of the law or comply with legal process served on WVU or the site; (b) protect and defend the rights or property of WVU; and/or (c) act under exigent circumstances to protect the personal safety of users of WVU, or the public.

Tracking User Behavior

WVU may keep track of the websites and pages our users visit within WVU, in order to determine what WVU services are the most popular. This data is used to deliver customized content and advertising within WVU to customers whose behavior indicates that they are interested in a particular subject area.

Automatically Collected Information

Information about your computer hardware and software may be automatically collected by WVU. This information can include: your IP address, browser type, domain names, access times and referring website addresses. This information is used for the operation of the service, to maintain quality of the service, and to provide general statistics regarding use of the WVU website.

Use of Cookies

The WVU website may use "cookies" to help you personalize your online experience. A cookie is a text file that is placed on your hard disk by a web page server. Cookies cannot be used to run programs or deliver viruses to your computer. Cookies are uniquely assigned to you, and can only be read by a web server in the domain that issued the cookie to you.

One of the primary purposes of cookies is to provide a convenience feature to save you time. The purpose of a cookie is to tell the Web server that you have returned to a specific page. For example, if you personalize WVU pages, or register with WVU site or services, a cookie helps WVU to recall your specific information on subsequent visits. This simplifies the process of recording your personal information, such as billing addresses, shipping addresses, and so on. When you return to the same WVU website, the information you previously provided can be retrieved, so you can easily use the WVU features that you customized.

You have the ability to accept or decline cookies. Most Web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer. If you choose to decline cookies, you may not be able to fully experience the interactive features of the WVU services or websites you visit.

Links

This website contains links to other sites. Please be aware that we are not responsible for the content or privacy practices of such other sites. We encourage our users to be aware when they leave our site and to read the privacy statements of any other site that collects personally identifiable information.

Security of your Personal Information

WVU secures your personal information from unauthorized access, use, or disclosure. WVU uses the following methods for this purpose:

 -          SSL Protocol

When personal information is transmitted to payment websites, it is protected through the use of encryption, such as the Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) protocol.

We strive to take appropriate security measures to protect against unauthorized access to or alteration of your personal information. Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any wireless network can be guaranteed to be 100% secure. As a result, while we strive to protect your personal information, you acknowledge that: (a) there are security and privacy limitations inherent to the Internet which are beyond our control; and (b) security, integrity, and privacy of any and all information and data exchanged between you and us through this Site cannot be guaranteed.

Children Under Thirteen

WVU does not knowingly collect personally identifiable information from children under the age of thirteen. If you are under the age of thirteen, you must ask your parent or guardian for permission to use this website.

E-mail Communications

From time to time, WVU may contact you via email for the purpose of providing announcements, promotional offers, alerts, confirmations, surveys, and/or other general communication. In order to improve our Services, we may receive a notification when you open an email from WVU or click on a link therein.

If you would like to stop receiving marketing or promotional communications via email from WVU, you may opt out of such communications by clicking on unsubscribe link located on the bottom of every email.

External Data Storage Sites

We may store your data on servers provided by third party hosting vendors with whom we have contracted.

Changes to this Statement

WVU reserves the right to change this Privacy Policy from time to time. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by sending a notice to the primary email address specified in your account, by placing a prominent notice on our site, and/or by updating any privacy information on this page. Your continued use of the Site and/or Services available through this Site after such modifications will constitute your: (a) acknowledgment of the modified Privacy Policy; and (b) agreement to abide and be bound by that Policy.

Contact Information

WVU welcomes your questions or comments regarding this Statement of Privacy. If you believe that WVU has not adhered to this Statement, please contact WVU at  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Effective as of November 05, 2017

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

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All courses are free to members.  

NOVEMBER

L307 Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf) (Nov 21)

B154 Finding Your Voice (Nov 22)

MFA233 Cliffhangers and Thrusters (Nov 23)

MFA256 Conflict and Change (Nov 23)

L402 C. S. Lewis on Literature (Nov 28)

MFA168 Flash Fiction - Flash in a Pan (Nov 30)

DECEMBER

B105 Punctuation (Dec 06)

B302 Giving Feedback (Dec 06)

MFA234 Epilogues (Dec 07)

MFA257 Cause & Effect (Dec 07)

B103 Grammar (Dec 13)

B101 WVU Orientation (Dec 13)

MFA169 Flash Fiction - Expose Yourself (Dec 14)

MFA258 Undermining Your Characters' Best-Laid Plans (Dec 21)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Dec 27)

JANUARY

L304 The Death of Ivan Ilych - Tolstoy (Jan 02)

F108 Creativity In A Box (Jan 03)

B305 Dialogue - Expression (Jan 03)

P162: Poetry Triggers: Using Seasons as a Source of Inspiration (Jan 03)

MFA201 Discovering the Rose in the Rubble (Jan 04)

MFA170 Flash Fiction - Load-bearing Sentences (Jan 04)

MFA706 The Difficult Imagination - after innovative writing Part 1 (Jan 08)

MFA700 Narrative Design (Jan 08)

F176 Writing Boosters - Story Starters #1 (Jan 10)

MFA050 Flash Nonfiction: Form (Jan 11)

F264 Creature Character Development (Jan 17)

MFA202 Triggers (Jan 18)

MFA171 Flash Fiction - Editing and Revising (Jan 18)

F110 Where Creativity Lives (Jan 24)

MFA112 Writing Better Sentences (Jan 25)

L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Jan 30)

L308 One Hundred Years of Solitude (Jan 30)

F182: Writing Boosters - Story Starter #2 (Jan 31)

FEBRUARY

MFA172 Flash Fiction - Fixed-Form Narratives (Feb 01)

MFA400 Nonfiction: Telling True Stories (Feb 01)

L243 Kate Chopin Short Stories (Feb 06)

B103 Grammar (Feb 07)

F120 The Fiction Query & Synopsis: tools and tips for marketing your novel (Feb 07)

MFA203 The Mask of Fiction (Feb 08)

L401 Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion (Feb 13)

B105 Punctuation (Feb 14)

F160 Lightness and Weight in Fiction (Feb 14)

MFA173 Flash Fiction: Doing More with Less (Feb 15)

L200 Proust & Flaubert - Short Works (Feb 20)

F126 Story Structures (Feb 21)

F204 Introduction to Screenwriting (Feb 21)

MFA204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship (Feb 22)

L238 Alice Munro - Runaway (Feb 27)