What Are Some Good Online Creative Writing Courses?

What Are Some Good Online Creative Writing Courses?

Good creative writing courses include Creative Writing 101, Write Your Novel Now, and any of the online courses in writing fiction offered through Ed2Go.com or WritersStudio.com. Tuition prices range from about $50 to $450, and courses potentially span a few weeks to several months, as of 2015.

Creative Writing 101 from New York City-based Gotham Writers is a six-week course that combines group discussions, lectures and individual assignments to shape and direct aspiring writers or to refresh seasoned writers who feel technically stagnant. Group rates start at approximately $300 or $1,000 for one-on-one.

Writer Your Novel Now is a comprehensive year-long course by Jerry Cleaver, teacher and author of the bestselling treatise "Immediate Fiction." At ImmediateFiction.com, Mr. Cleaver offers a free first lesson and the next four lessons for roughly $50. The year-long course closely resembles aspects of the workshops once offered at The Writer's Loft in Chicago, where Mr. Cleaver taught during his life.

Ed2Go.com is an online source of instructor courses in a variety of subjects at reasonable prices. Its creative writing course, Write Fiction Like a Pro, is six weeks long and roughly $150. The instructor of the course is a published author who teaches that an amateur only needs to learn certain skills and tricks that professional writers know to become one.

"The New York Times" describes The Writer's Studio as "the most personal of programs." Founded in 1987 by poet and educator Philip Schultz, the studio is open to beginning and established writers. Workshops with seasoned, published authors help students discover their own voices.