Dear Writers: I know you’re broke. Ain’t no shame. And I know you have to write. It’s in your bones. If you can’t afford any fancy-shmancy writing seminar or college classes, how will you ever write well enough to sell anything? I’m here for you with a list of free, online, university-level writing classes.
Self-study takes commitment and personal responsibility. But if you’re serious, these classes will help you develop your craft. And they don’t cost a dime.
FREE ONLINE WRITING COURSES AVAILABLE NOW
From The Open University:
From Purdue University
- Purdue Online Writing Lab – This has so much! I can’t list it all here, so I won’t try. Check it out for yourself. Here’s a sampling.
- Fiction Writing Basics
- Intro to Writing Characters in Fiction
- Creative Nonfiction
From University College Falmouth
- Complete Screenwriting Course
- List of course lectures available on YouTube including writing for children, for business, nonfiction, educational, and screenwriting.
From University of California, Irvine
From Commonwealth Education Trust
From Stanford University
From Wesleyan University
- Creative Writing:
FREE ONLINE COURSES AVAILABLE SOON
From University of Strathclyde
- Introduction to Journalism (Course begins March 28, 2016)
From Open University
- Start Writing Fiction (Course begins April 4, 2016)
- Writing for the Web (In progress. Sign up on site for next course)
That ought to get you started. Now that you know free education is out there, look for more courses at coursera.org, MIT Open Courseware, Open Yale courses, Harvard Extension School, Open Learn, and wherever you can find free, quality, online courses.
Have you taken online courses? Did they delight or disappoint you? How well did you do with online learning vs traditional classroom learning or learning from reading a book? Do you have another link for free, quality, online writing courses? Please share in the comments section!