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.  

AUGUST

L239 Louisa May Alcott Short Story (Aug 07)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 08)
MFA160 Flash Fiction - Making Flash Count (Aug 09)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 15)
MFA216 Voice and Style (Aug 16)
L240 Susan Glaspell Short Story (Aug 21)
P180 Poetry Triggers - Playing with Sound (Aug 22)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 22)
MFA161 Flash Fiction - Using Images for Inspiration (Aug 23)
MFA709 The Difficult Imagination Part 3 (Aug 27)
B134 Proper Intertwining of Plot and Character (Aug 29)
B101 WVU Orientation (Aug 29)
MFA217 Magical Realism, Rules and How to Break Them (Aug 30)
MFA250: How to Hook the Reader (Aug 30)

SEPTEMBER

L241 Willa Cather Short Story (Sept 04)
F220: Writing Boosters - Brainstorming for Characters (1 Week) (Sept 05)
F142 Short Story Workshop - Free Form (Sept 05)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 05)
MFA01 THE GENTLE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY (Sept 06)
MFA355: Verse Forms (Sept 06)
MFA162 Flash Fiction - Staying True to the Image (Sept 06)
MFA704 THE ART OF TIME (Sept 10)
MFA801 Six Memos for the Next Millennium Workshop (Sept 10)
L305 Things Fall Apart - Chinua Achebe (Sept 11)
P172 Poetry Triggers - Using Music as an Inspiration to Write Poetry (Sept 12)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 12)
B154 Finding Your Voice (Sept 12)
B105 Punctuation, facilitated by Janet Smith (Sept 12)
MFA218 Adding Humor to Fiction (Sept 13)
MFA251: Story Focus (Sept 13)
L242 Katherine Mansfield Short Story (Sept 18)
F2K Creative Writing Course (Sept 19)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 19)
B306 The Middle - Part One: Time and Space (Sept 19)
MFA02 THE PERSONAL (NOT PRIVATE) ESSAY (Sept 20)
MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative (Sept 20)
MFA756: Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Workshop (Sept 24)
F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear (Sept 26)
B307 The Middle Part Two: Bringing Abstract Ideas to Life (Sept 26)
B101 WVU Orientation, facilitated by Joni Zipp and Bob Hembree (Sept 26)
MFA219 The Purpose and Practice of Revision (Sept 27)
MFA252 Emotions and POV (Sept 27)