Creative Writing Courses That Will Help You Write Better

Kick-Start Your Novel With Structured Writing Classes

By Brian Klems, Online Editor

When looking for a way to come up with story ideas and kick-start your writing, sometimes the thing you need most is a little structure—and you can often find that kind of help in creative writing courses. Writing classes come in all shapes and sizes, so no matter what your writing goals are, there's a writer workshop for you.

12 Weeks to a First Draft Independent Study Workshop

Move the first draft of your novel from concept to fruition in as few as 12 weeks.

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Writers Online Workshops With a Gameplan

The idea of writing a novel is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. It can work better when you have writing lesson plans that follow a timeline. In 12 Weeks to a First Draft Independent Study Course, you'll be given specific instruction and writing training on breaking down the process of crafting a full novel into smaller, more manageable steps. One of the first steps in this online creative writing course is to learn the structural elements of Harper Lee's classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, and mimic it in your own work. Having a solid structure based on one of the bestselling novels of all time is a great way to focus your writing and develop a path toward achieving your ultimate goal of writing a novel. And by following the guidance and organizational objectives of this novel writing workshop, you'll finish your book in just three months!

 

Writing Classes for Beginners

Been thinking about writing for a long time but just haven’t put that first foot forward yet? All great writers had to start somewhere but many didn’t have the opportunity to take online writing classes to give them a boost from the get-go. Occasionally you can find a short free writing course, but free writing courses like that typically don’t give you the real tools you need to build a writing career. That’s why an online writing course like Getting Started In Writing: An Independent Study Course is so valuable. It will help you examine and explore your writing interests, form a plan of what you want to write and help you accomplish it without leaving you overwhelmed. You can work at your own pace in this popular writer workshop.

Getting Started In Writing: An Independent Study Course

An independent study course to help you write great fiction.

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Improve All Parts of Your Writing With Narrative Writing Lessons

Not all online writing courses are created equally, and most writing classes focus on one part of your manuscript or another. Not often can you find a online writing workshop that tackles all the major craft issues, such as characters, emotion and viewpoint; description and setting; dialogue; plot and structure; and, the ever important, revision and self editing. But that's exactly what is covered in the writer's workshop Write Great Fiction Independent Study, which provides book writing ideas, paragraph writing lessons and more. You'll be provided with checklists, thought-provoking questions, new ways to think about crucial character decisions, writing assignments—which are critical to forwarding your story—and other essential elements thanks to this creative writing class.

 

Genre Novel Writing Courses

General book writing courses can help you finish your novel in a specific amount of time and improve a certain area of your manuscript. But not all novels are built equally, especially when you’re comparing one genre to another. Sometimes you need advice and guidance geared toward what you are writing. The Writing for Children and Young Adults Independent Study Workshop allows writers who want to write for kids the chance to learn how to write complex teenage characters (and younger characters) that will relate with your young audience--which is of utmost importance when crafting a children’s story or YA novel. If science fiction is what you write, the Essentials of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Independent Study is a great resource. This creative writing course offers the guidance of an experienced and published author as well as fine-tuned tips on improving your science fiction and fantasy writing. You will be tasked (and able) to complete a short Science Fiction/Fantasy story of up to 2,500 words, giving you a tangible piece of writing that you can not only be proud of but can send out to agents and publishers.

Taking creative writing courses can not only improve your writing and give you the motivation you need to finish your novel (or short story or series of novels), it can also forward your writing career and give you the confidence you need to turning your writing dreams into a reality. Follow the directions and do the work, and by the time you finish any of these writer's workshops you’ll likely be ready to take the next step: The Writing Your Query Letter & Novel Proposal Independent Study Workshop.


More Recommended Online Writing Workshops for Improving Your Writing

 

Showing and Telling in Your Novel Writing

Learn the writing techniques you need to turn your idea for a YA novel into a finished, saleable book.

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Writing Your Query Letter & Novel Proposal Independent Study Workshop

Learn how to write queries with slant, clarity and impact in this workshop.

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Essentials of Science Fiction and Fantasy Writing Independent Study Workbook

Write a short SF/Fantasy story under the guidance of an experienced, published author.

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Brian A. Klems is the Online Editor of Writer's Digest. He's also a writer, husband, perennial fantasy sports underachiever, and father of three lovely little girls. His Writer's Dig blog—which covers writing and publishing—is one of the fastest growing blogs in the writing community, and his first book, OH BOY YOU’RE HAVING A GIRL: A DAD’S GUIDE TO RAISING DAUGHTERS, will be published by Adams Media this spring. Connect with him on Twitter @BrianKlems.