Some free writing classes available online include courses from Open University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the New Jersey Institute of Technology and author Jeffrey Carver.
The New Jersey Institute of Technology offers its Technical Writing course online, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology offers its online course, Writing and Reading Short Stories. Both classes are available free through the OpenCourseWare program.
Open University offers a course in fiction writing called Start Writing Fiction. The course covers character development, setting and genre to provide students with an understanding of fiction writing techniques.
Author Jeffrey Carver offers a free online course called Writing Science Fiction and Fantasy. Originally developed for television, the course is available on the author's website, WriteSF.com.