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

Join Writers' Village University with full benefits

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.

  • Get full access to over 300 courses, including our popular MFA Courses.
  • Join one of our many Writing Groups
  • Have full access to all WVU's writing tools and reference material--all in one place.
  • New courses begin every week, including our 2-week MFA courses for busy people.
  • Writers' Village University Certificates of Completion are available for all courses.


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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.

Course dates are for group workshops. Members also have 24/7 access to WVU courses for independent study.

Last day for registration is the Saturday following start date.

Course Schedule

Classes starting July 30

B138 Plotting the Plot

F160 Lightness & Weight in Fiction

F253 Antiheroes

L134 Banned Books - Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

Classes starting July 31

MFA 232 Backstory


Classes starting August 6

B105 Punctuation, facilitated by Janet Smith

C102  Comedy Writing Part 2

F160 Lightness & Weight in Fiction

P114 Japanese Poetic Forms

Classes starting August 7

MFA 102  Sentence Structures: Propositions, Subtext and Syntax

Classes starting August 13

F192 Writing Boosters - Plot Ideas

F164 The Single Effect Theory by Poe

F264  Creature Character Development

MFA301 Meter

Classes starting August 14

MFA 103  Creativity and the Cumulative Sentence

Classes starting August 20

B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Melissa Anne

F120 The Fiction Query & Synopsis: tools and tips for marketing your novel

F244  Writing the Mystery Short Story

P162 Poetry Triggers - Using Seasons as a Source of Inspiration


Classes starting August 21

MFA 105  Sentences: Tough, Sweet, and Stuffy

Classes starting August 27

B116 Revising and Editing

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear

F208 Writing The Screenplay Part 2

P302 Lead or Silver? Revising Your Poems

Classes starting August 28

MFA 201  Discovering the Rose in the Rubble

WVU News

WVU Course Schedule Updated

WVU Course Schedule Updated for  July/August 2014

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Novel Writer's Group Looking for Members


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!

Join WVU today.


Advanced MFA Series

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.