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August 24, 2010

Short on cash? FREE online writing courses.

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Do you want to try your hand at writing and don’t know how to start?

Are you finding it hard to justify paying for a writing program until you see whether or not writing is really something you want to do?

Have you written a rough draft of a book or screenplay and want to know if you’re on the right track?

Here are some FREE online writing courses that may help those who are struggling to decide whether or not they want to pursue a career in writing.   This is just a list and none of the courses are endorsed by me nor do I have any relationships to any of the websites/teachers/programs etc.

Check them out – you never know what you might learn.

Each lesson is in streaming video & audio.

Free screenwriting course taught by a former UCLA professor

Free online writing courses from 10 different universities

50+ free online writing courses (mostly MIT)

These sites seem to be a good place to start and also actually have free lessons.  Many search results lead to sites that don’t so hopefully you’ll find something of interest here.

Another amazing online resource is free articles.  They can be found absolutely everywhere.  Google your genre and you’ll find blogs and websites filled with free information and advice, much of it from professionals already successful in the writing biz.

So if you don’t have the money to take writing classes, don’t let that stop you from following your muse into the world of writing.


  1. Great suggestions, Jacqueline — taking classes, reading about the craft of writing — but don’t forget the “sit down and do it” part. Glad you added the bit about a finished rough draft or screenplay.

    Comment by Sandy Carlson — August 25, 2010 @ 9:00 PM | Reply

  2. Yes, sit down and do it is actually the hardest part, as we both know LOL

    Comment by dramaquill — August 28, 2010 @ 11:37 AM | Reply

  3. I’ve taken some of these free or low cost writing classes and they’re fun and helpful but what I really need is a critique group (help with the actually doing it part :)). Any ideas?

    Comment by inmynightmind — September 5, 2010 @ 11:58 AM | Reply

    • I was lucky enough to find a website called BOOST years ago. They had call-outs for critique groups
      and I banded with 5 other ladies to form a group called the Blue Quills. We’ve been together
      ever since, even when the site decided to start charging user fees and we became independent.
      You could advertise on the MUSE website or JacketFlap. There are tons of writers on there.
      OR, put a free classified ad on Kijiji.com for your city and see if there are others who want to
      become a group. You’re right – a critique group is essential if you’re serious about your writing.
      I wouldn’t be where I am today had it not been for my critique partners.

      Comment by dramaquill — October 5, 2010 @ 10:36 AM | Reply

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