Writers' Educational Community
Writers Helping Writers Since 1995

The first, the largest, 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 members refer to Writers' Village University, is a full-time support service. We offer over 300 writing courses and add new classes regularly. As a member, you may take as many courses and workshops as you'd like. It’s all included with your membership. Certificate Programs and Writing Groups 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 advanced writers, we provide workshop guidelines that encourage detailed, constructive criticism with an emphasis on craft and author intent. 

 

*SEPTEMBER 2022*

B101 WVU Orientation
(September 07, 2022)

MFA250: How to Hook the Reader
We think in story. It’s hardwired in our brain. Our brains constantly seek meaning from all the input thrown at it, yanks out what’s important for our survival and tells us a story about it based on our experiences. So, what does that mean to us as writers? That we can now decode what the brain (aka the reader) is really looking for in every story.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
(September 08, 2022)

MFA01 THE GENTLE ART OF THE PERSONAL ESSAY
This two-week class on writing personal essays is for bloggers, essayists, and nonfiction writers and is the first in a series of five classes that can be taken in any order. This one is an introductory course that focuses, through weekly readings and writing exercises, on the question of 'why I write.' The goal of the class is to write two short essays.
Based on the book ‘Crafting the Personal Essay’ by Dinty W. Moore. MFA01 is the first of the MFA Nonfiction Series. Courses may be taken in any sequence. We recommend taking MFA01 first, either with a scheduled class or by independent study.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
(September 08, 2022)

L313 20th Century American Short Stories
Students read selected works and write a 500+ word response essay each week (open topic).
Course Length: 8 Weeks
(September 13, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(September 14, 2022)

B306 The Middle - Part One: Time and Space
Learn to identify which parts of a story should be presented in a scene and which parts of a story should be summarized. To learn the difference between narrative and scene, to practice dialogue and indirect discourse. To develop an understanding of pace.
Course length: 1 week
(September 14, 2022)

MFA366 A Poet’s Workshop
This is the first workshop in a series of four courses. Each includes notes on craft, examples of model poems and exercises as ways to encourage you in beginning to shape your own experience, language, and insights into poetry. The courses in this series can be taken in any order.
Course Length: 5 weeks
(September 15, 2022)

MFA163 Flash Fiction - Meta-Narrative
Stace Buzko shares strong advice for any storyteller. Get on with it, and shows how flash is “about the moment—a flashpoint.” In this exercise, we see how to find the flashpoint in our own work.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
(September 15, 2022)

MFA801 Six Memos for the Next Millennium Workshop
At the time of his death, Italo Calvino was working on six essays setting forth the qualities he valued most in writing and which he thought would define the literature of the coming millennium. This course covers the five lectures that he completed. He assigned a “memo” to each of these characteristics and drew from his vast knowledge of myth, folklore, and classical as well as modern literature, giving us a complete course on writing that has become only more relevant today.
Course Length: 8 Weeks
(September 19, 2022)

L238 Alice Munro - Runaway
Course Description: Students participate in selected readings and write a short response essay.
Course Length: 1 Week
(September 20, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(September 21, 2022)

B307 The Middle Part Two: Bringing Abstract Ideas to Life
Learn to think, always, in concrete terms. To realize that the concrete is more persuasive than any high-flown rhetoric full of fancy words and abstractions.
Course length: 1 week
(September 21, 2022)

MFA02 THE PERSONAL (NOT PRIVATE) ESSAY
Recommended for bloggers, essayists, and nonfiction writers.
"Each of us has a miraculous mind full of associations, ideas, and richly remembered experiences." The best writing provokes an emotional reaction, be it laughter, sadness, joy, or indignation. Author Kathleen Norris suggests that what we are looking for, in exchange between writer and reader, is resonance. So, remember, though personal, the essay is never meant to be private. Privacy is for your diary. Essays are for readers."
This two-week class on writing personal essays is for bloggers, essayists, and nonfiction writers and is the second in a series of five classes that can be taken in any order. This course focuses, through weekly readings and writing exercises, on memory, capturing gestures, and writing about loss and grief. The goal of the class is to write two short essays.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
(September 22, 2022)

MFA352: On Poetry and Writing
Prerequisites: MFA350 and MFA351 and/or several core or foundation poetry courses
Playful and profound insights into the mysteries of literary creation. Discover a balance between writing mundane or perplexing poetry. Fiction and nonfiction writers will also find useful tools. Includes a two-week workshop.
Course Length: 8 weeks
(September 22, 2022)

MFA251: Story Focus
A story is designed, from beginning to end, to answer a single overarching question. As readers we instinctively know this, so we expect every word, every line, every character, every image, every action to move us closer to the answer. In this class, we’ll discover how the synthesis of three important elements helps you to focus on the point of your story.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
(September 22, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(September 28, 2022)

B308 The Middle Part Three: Transitions
Learn to lead the reader gracefully over and around unnecessary parts of the story and to bridge with skill the shifts in time, memory, and space.
Course length: 1 week
(September 28, 2022)

MFA164 Flash Fiction - A Short Short Theory (Robert Olen Butler)
Pulitzer-prize-winning author, Robert Olen Butler, lays out his theory on short stories and discusses this most important fact:  A short-short story, in its brevity, may not have a fully developed plot, but it must have the essence of a plot, yearning.
Course Length: 2 Weeks
(September 29, 2022)

*ON THE HORIZON*

MFA755 Writing Linked Short Stories or the Novel-in-stories Part 1
(October 03, 2022)

L404 Silk Parachute - John McPhee
(October 04, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(October 05, 2022)

MFA252 Emotions and POV
(October 06, 2022)

MFA03 WRITING THE MEMOIR ESSAY
(October 06, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(October 12, 2022)

MFA165 Flash Fiction - Getting the Lead Out
(October 13, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(October 19, 2022)

MFA253 What Protagonists Want
(October 20, 2022)

MFA04 The Classically Modern Essay
(October 20, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(October 26, 2022)

MFA166 Flash Fiction - Prose Poetry
(October 27, 2022)

MFA367: Music and Metaphor
(October 27, 2022)

L315 Midnight's Children - Rushdie
(November 01, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(November 02, 2022)

MFA254 Protagonist Inner Issues
(November 03, 2022)

MFA05 The Contemplative Essay
(November 03, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(November 09, 2022)

F140 Short Story Workshop – Linear
(November 09, 2022)

MFA102 Sentence Structures: Propositions, Subtext and Syntax
(November 10, 2022)

MFA167 Flash Fiction - Put Yourself in Danger
(November 10, 2022)

L230 Italo Calvino Short Stories
(November 15, 2022)

P148 Poetry Triggers - Breaking Through Writer's Block
(November 16, 2022)

B101 WVU Orientation
(November 16, 2022)

MFA255 Story Is in the Specifics
(November 17, 2022)