List of Online Creative Writing Classes

This is a comprehensive list of websites that offer online writing classes, in alphabetical order. While many universities may offer online writing classes to current students, this list excludes those courses in favor of “open-enrollment” online writing classes. All the online writing courses listed below are available to anyone with a computer.

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American Short Fiction

http://store.badgerdog.org/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=ASF-CLASS-ONLINE-WORKSHOP

Types of Online Writing Classes: Fiction Writing

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 8 weeks

Price Range: $400

Continuing Studies at University of Madison-Wisconsin

http://www.dcs.wisc.edu/lsa/online/writing/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Creative Nonfiction, Dialog, Poetry, Feature Writing, Revision, Screenwriting, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led via email

Length of Writing Classes: varied

Price Range: $115-$175

Flashquake

http://www.flashquake.org/?page_id=54

Types of Online Writing Classes: Flash Fiction, Flash Nonfiction, Haibun, Memoir, Personal Essay

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led via email

Length of Writing Classes: 6-8 weeks

Price Range: $150-$175

Gotham Writer’s Workshop

http://www.writingclasses.com/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Fiction, Poetry, Science Fiction, Travel Writing, Memoir, Screenwriting, Romance, Humor, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 4-10 weeks

Price Range: $125-$395

Writing Certificate Available

Lifewriting

http://www.lifewrite.com/html/class.htm

Types of Online Writing Classes: Screenwriting

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Self-Paced

Length of Writing Classes: 9 weeks

Price Range: free

Long Story Short School of Writing

http://www.lsswritingschool.com/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Fiction, Nonfiction, Book Promotion, Self-Editing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: both

Length of Writing Classes: 4-8 weeks

Price Range: $49-$238

Media Bistro

http://www.mediabistro.com/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Journalism, Novel Writing, Grammar, Memoir, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: both

Length of Writing Classes: 4-12 weeks

Price Range: $179-$610

Writing Certificate Available

Poynter News University

http://www.newsu.org/courses

Types of Online Writing Classes: Journalism, Web Writing, Personal Essay, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Both

Length of Writing Classes: one hour webinars to several week seminars

Price Range: $20-$400

Writing Certificate Available

Stanford Continuing Studies

https://continuingstudies.stanford.edu/courses/onlinewriters.php

Types of Online Writing Classes: Short Story, Creative Nonfiction, Blogging, Poetry, Novel Writing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 10 weeks

Price Range: $750-$900

Writing Certificate Available

The Crafty Writer

http://creative-writing-course.thecraftywriter.com/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Creative Writing

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Self-Paced

Length of Writing Classes: N/A

Price Range: free

The Cult

http://chuckpalahniuk.net/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Short Story

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 6 week

Price Range: $296-$395

The Writer’s Center

http://www.writer.org/page.aspx?pid=353&__nccssubcid=69&__nccsct=Online+Workshops

Types of Online Writing Classes: Poetry, Personal Essay, Novel Writing, Short Fiction, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 2-8 weeks

Price Range: $85-$270

The Writer’s Workshop

http://www.thewritersworkshop.net/onlineclasses.htm

Types of Online Writing Classes: Writing 101, Creative Nonfiction, Magazine Writing, Novel Writing, Travel Writing, Fiction, Poetry, Young Adult Writing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Self-Paced with 1-on-1 tutorial

Length of Writing Classes: up to 6 months

Price Range: $500

Wendee Holtcamp

http://www.wendeeholtcamp.com/nature.htm

Types of Online Writing Classes: Travel Writing, Magazine Writing

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 6 weeks

Price Range: $200-$600

Wow! Women on Writing

http://www.wow-womenonwriting.com/WOWclasses.html

Types of Online Writing Classes: Journaling, Screenwriting, Playwriting, Blogging, Point of View, Writing For Children, Fiction, Book Reviewing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 4-8 weeks

Price Range: $100-$200

Writer’s College

http://www.writerscollege.com/catalogs.html

Types of Online Writing Classes: Grammar, Dialog, Experimental Fiction, Zen Poetry, Article Writing, Novel Writing, Travel Writing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 1-8 weeks

Price Range: $50-$240

Writer’s Digest University

http://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Fiction, Science Fiction/Fantasy, Character, Memoir, Travel Writing, Grammar, Novel Writing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 4-14 weeks

Price Range: $190-$799

Writers On the Net

http://www.writers.com

Types of Online Writing Classes: Fiction Workshop, Creative Nonfiction, Introduction to Poetry, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Suspense Writing, Novel Writing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led

Length of Writing Classes: 6-12 weeks

Price Range: $240-$500

Writer’s Village University

http://www.writersvillage.com/wvu2/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Fiction, Screenwriting, Poetry, Novel Writing, etc.

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Self-Paced

Length of Writing Classes: varies

Price Range: $99 for 1-year membership

Write Your Novel Now

http://www.writeyournovelnow.com/

Types of Online Writing Classes: Novel Writing

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: Instructor-Led/Personal Writing Coach

Length of Writing Classes: 1 year

Price Range: $2,094

Writingclasses

http://www.writingclasses.co.uk/index.html

Types of Online Writing Classes: Creative Writing, Magazine Writing, Novel Writing

Self-Paced or Instructor-Led: unclear

Length of Writing Classes: 10 weeks

Price Range: £150