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Do you want to write children’s books, novels, nonfiction, screenplays, or memoirs? Come discover your writing niche and find your personal writing style in our literary arts classes.

Classes also available for teen writers.

Current Literary Arts Classes

  • Beginning Screenwriting

    Is your dream to become a screenwriter? Do you brainstorm script ideas or start writing but do not know what to do next? This class is the... More »

  • Beginning Writing

    This course is designed especially for emerging fiction and non-fiction writers who have to pursue their literary projects on lunch breaks o... More »

  • Cartoon Illustration

    Become the cartoonist you always dreamed of in this introduction to the art of cartooning! For artists who aspire to (1) illustrate books, (... More »

  • Children's Book Illustration: Level II

    Explore further your passion for Children's Book Illustration in this intermediate class. You will learn step by step how to create a childr... More »

  • Elements of Fiction

    New! Write the next great American novel! Or the romance potboiler! Or the six-volumn fantasy epic! All these works have more in common than... More »

  • Geek Fiction Writing

    This course analyzes popular sci-fi, fantasy, superhero and dystopian screen favorites to discover what makes them tick. Then we use these t... More »

  • Introduction to Graphic Novels

    Create your own graphic novel. Using your original story, we will go step by step through the process of scripting, storyborarding, pacing a... More »

  • Introduction to Playwriting

    Explore the basics of writing for the stage. In this course we'll examine the craft of playwriting through a variety of in-class writing exe... More »

  • Outlining and Creating Your Romance Novel

    The course is designed to help romantic storywriters who already have a love story idea in mind, whether they are beginners or experience... More »

  • Poetry and Healing

    Poetry is the language of emotion, giving voice to our experience with symbols, sounds and senses. It gives us permission to question—even... More »

  • Pulp Fiction Workshop

    New! Join author and Editor Philip Athans in writing a 6000-word short story using The Lester Dent Pulp Paper Master Fiction Plot. In our fi... More »

  • The Magic of Writing for Children

    Whether you’re a beginner, or have already published; whether you want to write for preschoolers, teens, or in-between, this is the class ... More »

  • The Plot Thickens

    In this course, students will focus on structuring the novel–often the most challenging part of novel-writing. Discover the three words th... More »

  • Where Do You Get Your Ideas?

    Where do a writers ideas come from? How can you increase those idea, and translate them to the writen word? Learn about cultivating a writer... More »

  • Worldbuilding

    In this course, The New York Times best-selling author and veteran editor Philip Athans, gets into some seriously detailed techniques for cr... More »

  • Write Your Novel in a Month

    Is writing a novel one of your life-long dreams? Join this 8 week class as it hooks up with 100,000 writers worldwide for National Novel Wr... More »

  • Writing Fantasy and Science Fiction

    This course offers insight into the particular demands of the science fiction and fantasy genres from worldbuilding to magic & technology to... More »

  • Writing Life Stories

    This class will explore the basic steps in writing about your life experiences; exploring the challenges involved, resources available, lear... More »

  • Writing the Hidden Story

    Your characters live and breathe because of a hidden story—one you must go deep within to find. A work of fiction that is disconnected fr... More »

  • Crafting Memory into Memoir 1

    We recall our pasts in fragments, so how can we turn random memories into structured narrative? We'll first analyze the works of writers an... More »

  • Intuitive Writing

    Unlock your natural literary voice, and see what it has to say. You will be surprised! We all have a spark of native genius. We sense it d... More »

  • Living Dialog Workshop

    How do you make your characters live through what they say and how they say it? In this class, The New York Times best-selling author and ve... More »

  • Marketing for Introverts: Short Stories and Novels

    If you’ve written a great story but are uncomfortable putting on a salesman’s hat, this class is for you. During this three hour sessio... More »

  • Teenage Novelist: Plotting and Scheming

    Marvin Whickpucket and Ilandra have been eating waffles and jumping through space-time portals for 12 chapters, but nothing seems to be happ... More »

  • Teenage Novelist: Talking To Your Characters

    Marvin Whickpucket refuses to behave. When you want him to defeat the evil Onchnu, he won’t. Instead, he sits on the couch, surfs cable an... More »

  • Writing and Book Coach

    Want targeted, one-on-one assistance with your writing? If you are working on a writing project or a book for either professional or person... More »

  • Writing Short Stories from First Sentence to Submission

    This is an intensive eight-session writing class. Each student is expected to write approximately 2,000 – 7,000 words a week and produce ... More »

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