ONLINE WRITING COURSES
Writing need not be a lonely activity. Join one of our online writing courses to enhance your skills, ignite your imagination and enjoy a supportive writing community.
Our online courses run for 8 consecutive weeks Winter, Spring and Autumn, with a special 6-week term during the Summer. To participate all you need is access to a computer with an internet connection. Class size is limited to 10 people.
HOW IT WORKS
Each week there is a one hour live discussion about technique. The teacher explains the exercise and there is an opportunity for you to sharpen your skill at reading like a writer and to ask questions. You can choose to participate via text chat, audio only or video. If you can’t attend the live session, don’t worry—you'll receive notes and access to a recording so you don’t miss anything.
You’ll upload your exercise two days before the next chat. Critiques are given by the teacher and fellow students in writing via our online platform before the next chat.
We also offer private coaching online—sessions can be conducted via Skype or our online chat platform—and manuscript reviews by email.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY
"I would wholeheartedly recommend this course - either the in person workshop or the online. I've put off taking these for years because there was always something more important...which, in my mind, already prevented me from justifying the time and expense. Putting aside that thought and actually doing something which I love to do, something which will help me achieve what I actually enjoy doing has been the best gift I could give myself. I don't even think of it as a gift anymore - this is just what I need."
"I found the quality of the instruction excellent, inspiring, and generally what I needed to get myself writing again. The other participants were also quite good, and I really enjoyed reading and critiquing the pieces each week."
- Lauren Danahy
"I loved having the weekly chats to discuss each exercise. Even though we couldn't meet in person, I felt that the class was very engaged. As in previous classes, I learned many new skills. And I really feel like with the International Writers' Collective, there is a sense of community, and being part of a writing community that is supportive and constructive really helps one develop as a writer."
- Jessica Pena
"It makes you write and keeps you writing and editing and writing and improving. The feedback is very helpful clear and worthwhile. I would recommend the course to any blocked writers."
- Deborah Culhane
"These classes are so encouraging for someone wanting to write. I’ve been trying to write a novel for for years but never took a creative writing class nor advanced classes in English lit. So for someone like me without any formal training it’s been trial and error and trying to learn from craft books and blogs. Actually talking to other writers and learning techniques from an actual teacher has been SOOOOOOOOOO helpful!! The editing techniques alone were worth the price of admission! Also the very basics of tone and mood, something I now consciously think about when sitting down to write a scene. SO helpful! It’s also encouraging being around others who know the pain of drafts and rewrites and all the other challenges (and nightmares!) that come from writing. I'd absolutely recommend this course, for both the craft skills and the community."
You can read more student reviews on our feedback page.
OUR REFUND POLICY
No matter how early you register, if something changes and you can’t join the course, you can let us know at least 72 hours before the first class (so we can offer your spot to someone else) and we’ll give you a complete refund. You can find the full details of our generous refund policy in our terms. If you decide to drop out after the first class, let us know within three days (or during the first week for online), and you only pay for the first class—we'll refund the rest. And if at any point in the term your circumstances change such that it's impossible for you to complete the course (e.g. serious illness), we can offer you a credit voucher based on the number of classes remaining that you can apply to another course within a year.