Online Classes

If you’ve been thinking about taking a writing class but don’t have the time to attend one in person, a cyber class might be the perfect alternative. Most are taught by experienced instructors who are also published authors or professional editors, and you can read the lessons and complete the assignments according to your own schedule. The following online-class providers are reputable and good. To view the class offerings and fees, click on the name.

Gotham Writers’ Workshop
A local New York City writing school that has taken full advantage of the Internet. It offers six- and 10-week classes on general subjects such as fiction writing, mystery writing, and TV writing. The classes are pricey, but a number of discounts are available, and new students can tour a sample class before committing.

Lawson Writer’s Academy
An online writers’ school run by Margie Lawson, the creator of the popular EDITS System and “Empowering Characters’ Emotions” class. It offers two to six classes every month.

RWA’s Kiss of Death Chapter
The mystery and suspense chapter of Romance Writers of America. Every month, its College of Felony and Intrigue (COFFIN) offers two classes, one in the “Killer Instincts” category and one in the “Murder One” category.

Savvy Authors
An online community dedicated to providing tools, classes, and networking opportunities to help authors progress in their careers. It offers up to 30 classes a month, with the start dates staggered and the classes anywhere from six to 32 days long.
A website run by popular instructors Laurie Schnebly and Mary Buckham, and devoted to presenting online classes for writers working toward publication. It offers up to three classes every month, with each class running roughly two to four weeks.

Writer’s Digest University
The educational arm of the Writer’s Digest family. It presents about 55 classes annually, with each class offered one to three times per year. The classes are one to three months long.