Online Classes in Novel Writing

Marylee MacDonald is the author of MONTPELIER TOMORROW, a novel about caregiving and ALS. Her short story collection, BONDS OF LOVE & BLOOD, was a finalist in the Foreword Reviews' INDIEFAB Awards. Her fiction has won Gold and Silver Medals from Readers' Favorites International Book Awards, the Barry Hannah Prize, the Ron Rash Award, and many others.

Online classes teach you how to write. In a previous post I talked about how MOOCs make it possible for any aspiring writer to learn the basics of fiction. This week I’m sharing some more places writers can get help. These online classes are either free or cheap. In the classes that do charge a modest fee, you can apply for financial aid. All you have to do is fit the assignments into your life. That’s pretty hard, sometimes, so even if the classes sound like a good deal, you still have to think about whether you can hold up your end of the bargain.

Of course, it’s always possible to teach yourself how to write by trying fan fiction, joining online writing communities like Wattpad, or taking classes at a community college. However, if you’ve got the discipline to study in online classes, you’ll be far ahead of the pack.

In this post, I’m going to share information about classes starting this fall. I’ll cover classes in novel writing, poetry, children’s books, and screenplays.

Online Classes Offered by edX

The University of British Columbia has two great novel writing classes, one on how to structure a novel, starting September 6, and the other on how to draft a novel, starting October 24.

In my previous post, I mentioned that Anant Agarwal, one of the leaders in the field of online learning, heads up edX, a nonprofit that’s a partnership between MIT and Harvard. Well, edX, in addition to offering a ton of courses in the business and computer science realm, also offers highly ranked classes on “How to Write a Novel: Structure and Outline.”

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Learn how to write children’s books by enrolling in online classes. These classes are affordable and serve as a springboard