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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.


JANUARY 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: January 2nd
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Rhyme -- a Poetic Device

Learn how rhyme can be used both regularly in formal verse and irregularly as one of many devices available to poets. Get familiar with the terms used by reviewers to describe various types of rhyme. Whether you want to write formally or use rhyme effectively and sparingly in free verse. This is the course for you.
Starts: January 7th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Start Your Novel

Why do some novels grab you from the first page while others you put aside? How do you take a seed of an idea and grow a full-blown novel from it? Learn all of the necessary skills to develop your story idea into a novel outline and write the first draft of the beginning chapters.
Starts: January 9th
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: 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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