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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.


Free Verse

"Just prose cut up into lines". This has been offered as a definition of free verse. This class will show you the many reasons why this is a far from accurate definition of a style of poetry, often considered ultra modern, but which has already been around for more than a century. Discover its unique and multi-faceted beauty as an alternatively available style for you, as a poet, to use as you consider appropriate.
Starts: March 31st
Seats Left: 5 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.
Starts: April 3rd
Seats Left: 6 seats.

MARCH 2017 - HAIKU 201

HAIKU are short, imagistic poems about nature and things that make people feel connected to it. 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? We write it because it is enjoyable and because writing haiku gives us 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 our FanStory community site 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-CLASSROOM-- the students and I have the ability to speak and hear each other in the classroom. It is an awesome opportunity to have a productive and enjoyable classroom experience.

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 they get the help they 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 aka Gypsy Blue Rose

Starts: April 5th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Novel Endings

In this class, students will learn how to write a satisfying novel ending that addresses the story problem but avoids being too pat. Students will continue their work from earlier courses by studying the end of "The Great Gatsby" and working through exercises toward completing their own novels.
Starts: May 1st
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: May 1st
Seats Left: 5 seats.

Advanced Short Stories

In this class, students are invited to go beyond the basic elements of fiction writing to explore issues of voice, nontraditional plot structure, and unconventional points of view through reading exemplary stories and responding in their own writing. Each week there will be reading and writing assignments that will assist students toward completing at least one story draft by course end. In addition, the opportunity will be provided for students to read and respond to each other's work.
It will be helpful if students enter class with at least an idea for a story, but it's not necessary. We will review the basics of short story writing the first week, but students should be familiar from past class(es) with the basics of character, point of view (POV), plot elements, setting, and theme.

Starts: June 5th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Plotting the Plot

Often novice writers feel comfortable with developing three-dimensional, believable characters. But what good are these characters if we don't see them in action? Action is a matter of plot, which many writers feel less comfortable with. We'll develop our understanding of plot and apply to writing at least one complete story in this class.
Starts: July 10th
Seats Left: 7 seats.

Setting the Scene

Why should writers care about setting and where a story takes place? Why not just tell the story? One difference between a novice and more experienced storyteller is in the use of setting: experienced writers are meticulously detailed about setting. Look at almost any story from a major publication such as "The New Yorker" and see that the story cannot be separated from its time and place. In this class learn to fully ground your story in its time and place, its setting.
Starts: August 14th
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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