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Education is an important part of a writer's career. That is why offers classes for adult writers of all skill levels. Take a class online from your computer. Participate while in the comfort of your home or office. Click on the title of the class below to find out more about the class. Four week classes are only $99.00.




HAIKU is one of the most popular and older types of poetry ( 700 A.D). Sir George Sansom called haiku 'little drops of poetic essence.'

It is visual and intuitive with an immense creative power. You can tell a story in less than 17 syllables and share an insightful moment in time with your reader.

In this class, you will have an opportunity to learn the necessary skills to ...
--write well-composed haiku
--identify all the components of haiku
--to write effective and helpful haiku-reviews
--to identify the difference between senryu and haiku
--to explore haiku rules and why they matter

In addition, you will have an opportunity to discuss and share your ideas with instructor and classmates.

My classroom / audio-chatroom is top of the line. The students and I are able to speak with each other and hear everyone.

Please contact me if you have any questions about my class.

Thank you!

MariVal Bayles
a member of the Haiku Society of America
published author of two haiku books, Gypsy's Haiku, and Hora Haiku co-authored with Dean Kuch
Starts: February 6th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Novel Middles

Middles can be troublesome. In novels, middles sometimes "sag" because of the lack of complications or difficulties related to the main plot problem. In this class, students are challenged to work on typical concerns of the middle chapters of a novel: building the complications to lead inevitably to the climax. Also addressed will be novel middle issues of firm establishment of the story world, backstory, themes, symbols, and narrative voice.
Starts: February 13th
Seats Left: 6 seats.

European Poetic Forms

European Poetic Forms Written in English.

Many of the contests on FanStory require some knowledge of foreign forms of poetry. Although the contest sponsor will state the basic rules of the form, it is useful to have a greater depth of knowledge, including what subjects best fit various forms. This course is designed to give you that extra knowledge and so increase the effectiveness of your poetry.

Starts: February 17th
Seats Left: 6 seats.

MARCH 2017 - HAIKU 201

HAIKU are short, imagistic poems about things that make people feel connected to nature. Japanese poets have written haiku for hundreds of years and in the last forty years, the appreciation of haiku has spread all over the world. The essence of haiku is the way in which it succinctly captures observations of the natural world.

Why are people writing haiku? They write it because it is enjoyable and because writing haiku gives them a new way to look at the world.

You too can write haiku!

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE- One of the great things about taking a class on FanStory is that you can study in the privacy of your own home and choose the schedule that works best for you.

ACCESSIBILITY-- Your lessons and assignments are available to you 24/7 for as long as you are a member.

CHAT and TALK CLASSROOM = We have our own server-- TeamSpeak 3. It is a free application you can safely download to your computer to keep you connected to your classmates and me. It is easy to install and available to take you step by step through the process. Students in my class find Chat and Talk classes extremely helpful and exciting. You get an immediate response from your classmates and from me. The classroom is open 24/7 and the class hours will be negotiated during our first class. We will find a time that works for everybody. I am available to teach more than one class if the time difference requires it.

GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED --I work at home and my schedule is flexible. I give my students all my contact information. I want to make sure you get the help you need to learn.

HAIKU CLUB - We have a haiku club available to you at no extra cost. My students love it! You can practice what you learn in class and make new friends.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me a PM or an email=

MariVal Bayles

Starts: March 30th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Our classes provide an excellent way to further develop your skills.

  • Small Classes. Our classes are small and designed to give you one on one instruction while you complete assignments on your own time and work at your own pace in the comfort of your own home.

  • Online Classrooms. All of the courses operate in our unique online classrooms. Your classroom offers you a location to meet with your instructor, read and enter assignments, and ask questions.

  • Expert Review. Experienced instructors offer private review and detailed help. In addition, classes give you the ability to share your work with your classroom peers as well as the entire writing community.

  • Great Value. Four week classes are only $99.00. Compare and you will find that classes online elsewhere are hundreds more and do not offer the small classroom size, personal attention, and benefits provided by being a school that is part of
    Free Writer Membership. Provided with your class is a free two month membership to the writing community. This bonus gives you the ability to share share your writing with the community while participating in your classroom. Get feedback for everything you write, join free writing contests, and get motivated. Details on your free membership for writers. writing courses provide adults with an opportunity to take classes online with experienced instructors.

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