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- All courses are free to members.
- Get 24/7 access to over 200 writing courses, including our popular MFA Series in Fiction, Nonfiction and Poetry.
- Join one of our many Writing Groups and Workshops.
- New interactive classes begin every week, including our 2-week MFA courses for busy people.
- Participate in Writers' Village University's Creative Writing and MFA Certificate Programs.
- Make lasting friendships with writers around the world.
Annual Memberships are $99 for the first year, then $69 to renew.
3-Year Memberships are $175.
Lifetime Memberships are $350.
30-Day Trial Memberships are $30.
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New Courses Added:
MFA112 Writing Better Sentences begins Jan.14, 2016
Course Description: Learn to write effective sentences with clarity, grace and rhythm.
- Review elements of sentence construction.
- Work with two successful learning techniques: modeling and combining.
- Identify and use your personal style and rhythm.
- Revise and connect with your readers.
Course length: 4 weeks
Course developed by: RJ Hembree
Facilitated by: CynthiaR
Required course materials: Provided
Week One: Review and Refresh
- What a Sentence Really does
- Simple, Compound, Complex
- Clauses, Phrases and Kernels
Week Two: Sentence Modeling Workshop
- How to see through a sentence
- Learn from the masters
- Learn from your favorite authors
Week Three: Sentence Combining Workshop
- Cumulative Sentences
- Working from notes
- From idea to sentence
Week Four: Creativity, Style and Rhythm
- 1st Draft: Turning on the creativity switch
- Discover your natural style and rhythm
- Revision: Perception and Natural Order
- Concrete vs. Abstract
MFA707 Art of Reading (and Writing) begins Jan. 25, 2016
Facilitated by: Karen
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course Difficulty: 4
Required Course Material: The Art of Reading (lectures) by Timothy Spurgin, Ph.D.
Course Description: Learn to read and write artfully. This course covers a broad range of topics with illustrative examples from classic and contemporary literature.
- Artful Reading and Everyday Reading
- Authors, Real and Implied
- Narrators—Their Voices and Their Visions
- Characters—Beyond Round and Flat
- Descriptions—People, Places, and Things
- Minimalists to Maximalists to Lyricists
- Explosive Devices—Irony and Ambiguity
- Reading for the Plot—Five Simple Words
- Master Plots—The Stranger and the Journey
- The Game Is Afoot—Sherlock Holmes
- The Plot Thickens—Scott and Brontë
- The Plot Vanishes—Faulkner and Woolf
- Chapters, Patterns, and Rhythms
- Scene and Summary, Showing and Telling
- Subtexts, Motives, and Secrets
- Dialogue—The Good, the Bad, the Ugly
- Metafiction—Fiction about Fiction
- Adaptation—From Fiction to Film
- Realism Times Four
- Thumbs Up?—Interpretation and Evaluation
- A Long Short Story—“Runaway”
- A Classic Novel—The Age of Innocence
- A Baggy Monster—War and Peace
- Picking Up the Tools
Writers’ Village University currently offers three certificate programs: Fiction MFA, Short Story MFA and Creative Writing. MFA Program courses are facilitated by experienced volunteers. All courses and workshops are included with WVU Memberships at no extra charge.
WVU Fiction MFA
WVU’s Fiction MFA is modeled on graduate-level university programs. A full-time student typically takes three courses per semester for 3 years (six 16-week semesters). WVU works differently; our courses vary in length according to the subject. For MFA students, courses are grouped by the semester. For example, eight 2-week courses equal a one-semester course. Likewise, two 4-week courses plus one 8-week course equal a one-semester course.
Part time students may take classes according to their schedules. There is no time limit to complete the program.
WVU’s Fiction MFA program includes advanced workshops and a balance of craft and literature courses. This is our most comprehensive program with six 16-week semesters
Short Story MFA
Our Short Story MFA is a 2-year program with a balance of craft and literature courses. It includes four 16-week semesters.
Creative Writing Certificate
Our Creative Writing Certificate program is for beginners and includes two 16-week semesters.
Nonfiction MFA Courses
Nonfiction markets have changed dramatically in the last few years. On Nov. 20, 2014, WVU kicked off a new series of nonfiction classes designed for bloggers, essayist and Web-content writers.
Fiction MFA Courses
WVU's Fiction MFA is in full swing with new two-week courses and more flexibility for busy lives. New classes begin every week. Study at your own pace, or with scheduled classes. Three levels are available for beginning, intermediate and advanced writers.
New Literature Courses Added for 2015
(Check schedule for dates.)
L232 Kevin Moffett & Nam Le
L234 Barth and Borges
L116 Virginia Woolf
L210 Daisy Miller - Henry James
L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories
L200 Proust & Flaubert
L211 Poe and Hawthorne
L231 Paul Yoon Short Stories
L237 George Garrett Short Stories
L300 A Lesson before Dying
L301 If on a winter's night a traveler
L303 Great Gatsby
L304 The Death of Ivan Ilych
L305 Things Fall Apart
L306 Swann's Way
L307 Mrs. Dalloway
L308 One Hundred Years of Solitude
L309 Their Eyes Were Watching God
L310 The Moons of Jupiter
At the heart of WVU is an active, supportive writing community representing all levels of writing skills and interest. Our members represent over 100 countries from across the globe; the majority have been with us 5 to 15 years. Most join for the courses, but stay for the groups.
WVU Site Guides are available to help members get started. Our site guides are knowledgeable WVU Volunteers who love helping other writers.
Within WVU are many writing groups and workshops. Each has its own specialty, personality and writing goals. New members will always find a home in our community. WVU currently has 30 active writing groups for from beginning to advanced writers.
Over 200 writing courses and workshops are included at no extra charge to members. New courses start weekly. Classes may be taken at scheduled times with fellow members, or as self-study courses anytime.
Unique Courses: WVU has the largest selection of online writing courses. While many of our classes cover traditional elements of the writing craft, we also teach advanced concepts not found in other schools, giving our members the edge needed to excel in their craft. A large percentage of our members have become published authors since joining WVU.
Our interactive classrooms are easy to use, intuitive and require no special software. Quick help is always available if needed.
Included is an extensive array of communication tools for members, including forums, private messaging, inter-community mailbox, chat rooms, and personal profile pages where members may share photos and videos.
Quick, friendly support is readily available whenever needed. Help requests are often responded to within minutes by WVU volunteers. Our FAQs, Knowledge Base and Support Forum cover most questions, so answers are always easy to find.
We offer a wide variety of resources for writers, including reference tools, a bookstore and our Character Building Workshop.
Currently, we're introducing a new line of advanced courses inspired by traditional university MFA programs, but without the expensive tuition. Our MFA courses are included with memberships. The course are 2-18 weeks long, are flexible, and fit busy schedules. New courses are added and updated regularly to meet the demands of changing markets.
Join WVU Today: Annual Memberships are $99 for the first year & $69 to renew.