Online writing classes (some free)

Masterclass

There are 13+ writers teaching Masterclasses on this site, including:

  • Neil Gaiman
  • Judy Blume
  • R. L. Stine
  • James Patterson
  • Margaret Atwood
  • Dan Brown

Coursera

Wesleyan University Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot

In this course aspiring writers will be introduced to perhaps the most elemental and often the most challenging element of story: plot. We will learn what keeps it moving, how it manipulates our feelings, expectations, and desires. We will examine the choices storytellers make to snag our imaginations, drag them into a fictional world, and keep them there. We will learn how to outline and structure a plot, discuss narrative arc, pacing and reversals and reveal the inevitable surprise: connecting the beginning, middle and end.

Michigan State Write Your First Novel

In this Course, you will write your first novel. Many people say they have often thought about writing a novel and are planning to do it someday, but very few ever actually do. However, in this course, you will do it. You will learn how to form a basic idea, any idea, into a structure and discipline that will allow you to create, write and complete a fully-realized novel ready to submit for publication.

Udemy

Reverse Engineer Riveting Fiction & Write Best Selling Books

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone who wants to write exciting books.
  • Anyone who wants to improve their storylines.
  • Anyone who struggles for ideas on what to write in their books.

edX

University of British Columbia How to Write a Novel: Structure & Outline

Learn the fundamentals of story structure from their MFA program faculty and complete a detailed, scene-by-scene outline of your novel idea.

University of British Columbia How to Write a Novel: Writing the Draft

Through writing exercises aimed at developing new skills, concrete examples from published novels, feedback and discussion with fellow writers and opportunities to identify and strengthen weaknesses in their own projects, learners will broaden their knowledge of fiction craft as they explore creating memorable characters, the art of scene design, tactics for managing unwieldy plots and steps for writing layered and meaningful dialogue.

Whether you’re beginning your novel draft or nearing the end, this course is a unique opportunity to learn the essentials of strong fiction writing from award-winning authors sharing their proven methods and approaches.

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