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
WVU This Week December 4, 2013
Quote of the Week
"Work was impossible. The geeks had broken my spirit. They had done too many things wrong. It was never like this for Mencken. He lived like a Prussian gambler — sweating worse than Bryant on some nights and drunker than Judas on others. It was all a dehumanized nightmare...and these raddled cretins have the gall to complain about my deadlines."
Hunter Thompson (July 18, 1937 – February 20, 2005) was an American journalist and author.
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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.
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Course dates are for group workshops.
Members also have 24/7 access to WVU courses for independent study.
December & January 2014 classes.
Classes starting December 4 Registration begins November 27
B105 Punctuation, facilitated by Janet Smith
F106 The Elements of Fiction
P100 Rhythmic Words: A Beginner's Guide to Poetic Forms
Classes starting December 5 Registration begins November 28
MFA 215 Inflection, Tone and Pitch
Classes starting December 11 Registration begins December 4
F182 Writing Boosters - Story Starters #2
F110 Where Creativity Lives
F140 Short Story Workshop - Linear
F206 Writing the Screenplay – Part 1
Classes starting December 12 Registration begins December 5
MFA 216 Voice and Style
Classes starting December 18 Registration begins December 11
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Melissa Anne
C104 Comedy Workshop: Working With Jokes
F214 Worlds of Wonder
N140 Writing the Memoir
Classes starting December 19 Registration begins December 12
MFA 217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them
Classes starting December 25 Registration begins December 18
F212 Heroes and Heroines (Sixteen Master Archetypes)
N118 Writing for Magazines Part 2, Prerequisite Part 1
N104 Writing Short Nonfiction Part 1
P180 Poetry Triggers - Playing with Sound
Classes starting December 26 Registration begins December 19
MFA 218 Adding Humor to Fiction
Classes starting January 1 Registration begins December 25
B172 Revision: Writing and Rewriting Fiction
F148 Other Worlds in Science Fiction and Fantasy
N124 Writing for a Living
P126 Freeing the Poet Within
Classes starting January 2 Registration begins December 26
MFA219 The Purpose and Practice of Revision
Classes starting January 8 Registration begins January 1
B152 Let’s Add Emotion
F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas
P182 Poetry Triggers-Imagism
Classes starting January 9 Registration begins January 2
MFA220 Editing and Polishing
Classes starting January 15 Registration begins January 8
B126 Lights, Camera...Wait a Minute, Where Are We?
F142 Short Story Workshop – Free Form
F188 Writing Boosters - Plot Limitations
Classes starting January 16 Registration begins January 9
MFA231 Art and Artiface
Classes starting January 22 Registration begins January 15
B130 Basics to Create Dynamic Characters
F144 Preparing for the Novel
P196 Poetry Triggers - Digging Deeper into Metaphors
B161 Fewer Rejections
F246 Writing Historical Fiction
N100 Writing for the Web Part 1
P192 Poetry Triggers – What’s in the Closet?
Classes starting January 23 Registration begins January 16
Classes starting January 30 Registration begins January 23
MFA401 Nonfiction: Invitation and Narrative
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.
WVU Course Schedule Updated for Dec. 2013 - Jan. 2014
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To get the latest updates, see the current issue of WVU This Week.
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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!
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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.