Stanford Continuing Studies Online Writing Courses

Yesterday I received an e-mail from Writer’s Digest Partners with the following news:

Please join us this Spring in one of many prestigious online writing courses offered through Stanford Continuing Studies. Work with a small group of writers in one of eleven Writer’s Studio courses taught mostly by former Stegner fellows.

Thanks to the flexibility of the online format, these courses are designed to fit into your schedule. You can log into our classes from any computer with Internet access, anywhere and at any time.

Courses are open to all adults, and we encourage all levels of writers to enroll. Whether you are just starting out, or finishing up your novel, you will find a course suited to your level of experience. Students will benefit from sharing their work with an eclectic community of writers—from many locations, with diverse backgrounds and writing styles.

SPRING courses include:

So Not Chick Lit: Writing Novels about Women’s Lives
Short Story Writing
Creative Nonfiction: A Plan for Success
Travel Memoir: The Open Road
Writing the Great Debut
Writing 2.0 On Blogs and Blogging
Writing the Lives of Others
Poetry: The Essentials
Getting Started in Creative Writing
Creative Nonfiction with The New York Times
Novel Writing: The Art of Plot

Spring registration is now open – most classes begin the week of March 28. To learn more and to register, please visit:


I visited the official website and thought it would be a great idea for people like me, looking  to hone their craft. Nonetheless, I was thrown aback a little by the costs. Classes range from $750 to $900 for a 10 week workshop. It’s a tad high for me to experiment online. If anyone has taken the course him/herself (or knows someone that did) please do let us know if they’re worth the cash.


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