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.
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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.
April & May classes
Classes starting April 2 Registration begins March 26
B103 Grammar,facilitated by Janet Smith
F126 Story Structures
F128 Taking the Intimidation out of Theme
L116 Virginia Woolf 1882-1941, facilitated by Bob Hembree
Classes starting April 3 Registration begins March 27
MFA 205 Developing Characters
Classes starting April 9 Registration begins April 2
B122 Libel and Permission
C118 Comedy Writing - Working with Analyzation
F212 Heroes and Heroines (Sixteen Master Archetypes)
Classes starting April 10 Registration begins April 2
MFA 206 Minor Characters
Classes starting April 16 Registration begins April 9
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Melissa Anne
F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form
C102 Comedy Writing Part 2
P198 Poetry Triggers - Writing About a Loss
Classes starting April 17 Registration begins April 10
MFA 207 Setting and Character
Classes starting April 23 Registration begins April 16
B128 Opening Hooks
F132 Mythic Structure Part 2
F158 Beyond the Elements: Six Memos for the Next Millennium
F204 Introduction to Screenwriting
Classes starting April 24 Registration begins April 17
MFA 208 Difficult Characters
Classes starting April 30 Registration begins April 23
B154 Finding Your Voice
F108 Creativity In A Box
F244 Writing the Mystery Short Story
N140 Writing the Memoir
Classes starting May 1 Registration begins April 24
MFA 209 Point of View Basics
Classes starting May 7 Registration begins April 30
F116 Getting the Words Right
N128 Writing from the Heart
P148 Poetry Triggers - Breaking Through Writer's Block
Classes starting May 8 Registration begins May 1
MFA 210 The Art of First Person
Classes starting May 14 Registration begins May 7
B107 The Writers' Way to Creativity Part 1, facilitated by Janet Smith
B172 Revision: Writing and Rewriting Fiction
F146 Let's Make A Scene
F216 Writing Boosters - Recipe #3
N114 Writing for Magazines Part 1
Classes starting May 15 Registration begins May 8
MFA 211 The Art of Third Person
Classes starting May 21 Registration begins May 14
B101 WVU Orientation,facilitated by Melissa Anne
P150 Poetry Triggers - Nature Writing A Saturation Poem
Classes starting May 22 Registration begins May 15
MFA 212 What is a Plot?
Classes starting May 28 Registration begins May 21
C104 Comedy Writing: Working with Jokes
F152 Horror Writing
F218 Writing Boosters - Recipe #4
B114 Point of View & Related Topics
Classes starting May 29 Registration begins May 22
MFA 213 The Art of Sequencing
WVU Course Schedule Updated for April/May 2014
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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!
Join WVU today.
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.