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

 New Classes Begin Every Week.
All courses are free to members.  

February

MFA204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship (Feb 22)
L238 Alice Munro - Runaway (Feb 27)
F180: Writing Boosters - Writing with Rules #1 (Feb 28)
B101 WVU Orientation (Feb 28)

March

MFA302 The Quatrain Part 1 (Metrical Poetry Series) (Mar 01)
MFA174: Writing Flash Fiction (Mar 01)
MFA110 Syntax, Style and Grammar (Mar 01)
F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form (Mar 07)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 07)
MFA205 Developing Characters (Mar 08)
MFA051 Flash Nonfiction: Image and Detail (Mar 08)
L143: Brave New World (Mar 13)
F300 Crafting Stories for Children (Mar 14)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 14)
MFA150 Introduction to Flash Fiction (Mar 15)
L246 Lydia Davis and Lucia Berlin (Short Story Workshop) (Mar 20)
L403 The Immense Journey - Loren Eiseley (Mar 20)
F164 The Single Effect Theory (Edgar Allan Poe) (Mar 21)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 21)
MFA206 Minor Characters (Mar 22)
L232 Kevin Moffett & Nam Le Short Stories (Mar 27)
L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God (Mar 27)
B101 WVU Orientation (Mar 28)
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Mar 28)
MFA151 Flash Fiction Workshop: Vignettes (Mar 29)

April

N140 Writing the Memoir (Apr 04)
F188: Writing Boosters - Plot Limitations (Apr 04)
B103 Grammar (Apr 04)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 04)
MFA207 Setting and Character (Apr 05)
L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories (Apr 10)
F307 From Dream to Story (Apr 11)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 11)
MFA052 Flash Nonfiction: Voice, Sound and Language (Apr 12)
MFA152 Flash Fiction from Contemporary China (Apr 12)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 18)
MFA208 Difficult Characters (Apr 19)
MFA703 Maps of the Imagination (Apr 23)
L211 Poe and Hawthorne Short Works (Apr 24)
Fiction 190: Writing Boosters - Recipe #16 (Apr 25)
B101 WVU Orientation (Apr 25)
B105 Punctuation (Apr 25)
MFA153 Flash Fiction - The Myth-ing Link (Apr 26)
MFA403 Contemporary Writing Strategies (Apr 26)

MAY

L301 If on a winter's night a traveler (Calvino) (May 01)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 02)
B304 Adjectives and Adverbs - The Pros and Cons (May 02)
F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas (1 Week) (May 02)
MFA209 Point of View Basics (May 03)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 09)
F242: Science Fiction Workshop (May 09)
MFA314 Japanese Poetic Forms (May 10)
MFA154 Flash Fiction Point of View and Voice (May 10)
L300 A Lesson Before Dying (Ernest Gaines) (May 15)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 16)
B303 Point of View (May 16)
B107: The Writers' Way to Creativity (May 16)
P166 Poetry Triggers - Line Breaks in Poetry (May 16)
MFA210 The Art of First Person (May 17)
L234 Barth and Borges (Form and Content) (May 22)
F174: Writing Booster Workshop - Opposites Attract and Repel (May 23)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 23)
MFA053 Flash Nonfiction: POV and Structure (May 24)
B101 WVU Orientation (May 30)
P168 Poetry Triggers - Using Points of View in Poetry Part 1 (May 30)