MEMBER BENEFITS

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 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. Many 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 their successes, 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. 

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 interests and markets. 

Join WVU TodayAnnual Memberships are $99 for the first year & $69 to renew.

 

UPCOMING CLASSES

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

JANUARY

L304 The Death of Ivan Ilych - Tolstoy (Jan 02)

F108 Creativity In A Box (Jan 03)

B305 Dialogue - Expression (Jan 03)

P162: Poetry Triggers: Using Seasons as a Source of Inspiration (Jan 03)

MFA201 Discovering the Rose in the Rubble (Jan 04)

MFA170 Flash Fiction - Load-bearing Sentences (Jan 04)

MFA706 The Difficult Imagination - after innovative writing Part 1 (Jan 08)

MFA700 Narrative Design (Jan 08)

L106: Anton Chekhov Short Stories (Jan 09)

F176 Writing Boosters - Story Starters #1 (Jan 10)

MFA050 Flash Nonfiction: Form (Jan 11)

MFA259 Setups to Payoffs (Jan 11)

MFA504 A Lesson in Voice and Emotional Filter (Jan 11)

MFA750 Writing Literary Fiction - Part 1 (Jan 15)

F264 Creature Character Development (Jan 17)

MFA202 Triggers MFA202 Triggers  (Jan 18)

MFA171 Flash Fiction - Editing and Revising (Jan 18)

L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Jan 23)

F110 Where Creativity Lives (Jan 24)

MFA112 Writing Better Sentences (Jan 25)

MFA260 Flashbacks, Subplots, and Foreshadowing (Jan 25)

L231 Paul Yoon Short Stories (Jan 30)

L308 One Hundred Years of Solitude (Jan 30)

F182: Writing Boosters - Story Starter #2 (Jan 31)

FEBRUARY

MFA172 Flash Fiction - Fixed-Form Narratives (Feb 01)

MFA400 Nonfiction: Telling True Stories (Feb 01)

L243 Kate Chopin Short Stories (Feb 06)

B103 Grammar (Feb 07)

F120 The Fiction Query & Synopsis: tools and tips for marketing your novel (Feb 07)

MFA203 The Mask of Fiction (Feb 08)

MFA261 The Writer's Brain (Feb 08)

L401 Slouching Towards Bethlehem - Joan Didion (Feb 13)

B105 Punctuation (Feb 14)

F160 Lightness and Weight in Fiction (Feb 14)

MFA173 Flash Fiction: Doing More with Less (Feb 15)

L200 Proust & Flaubert - Short Works (Feb 20)

F126 Story Structures (Feb 21)

F204 Introduction to Screenwriting (Feb 21)

MFA204 The Fiction Writer's Apprenticeship (Feb 22)

L238 Alice Munro - Runaway (Feb 27)