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Education is an important part of a writer's career. That is why FanStory.com 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.

AVAILABLE CLASSES


Blank Verse 101
Perfected by Shakespeare, Blank Verse is a wonderful poetic form. Often times poets will shy away from blank verse, fearing it is too hard to learn. In reality, it is no harder to learn than any other poetic form. Blank verse is a perfect medium within which to write epic, or narrative poetry, as well as landscape and emotive poetry. Often times, readers think blank verse poetry is lyrical and rhymes despite the fact that it does not.
Starts: May 4th
Seats Left: 5 seats.
Writing Short Nonfiction
Many writers turn to more "creative" genres when they begin writing, such as poetry, short stories, and the novel. However, it is nonfiction, such as articles, feature stories, and interviews, that will sell while that completed novel languishes unread on the writer's desktop. In addition, nonfiction writers don't need agent representation while still using much of the same writing skills and creativity as a fiction writer.
Starts: May 5th
Seats Left: 5 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 5th
Seats Left: 3 seats.
Understanding Poetry
This course is designed for people who want to understand the basics of poetry, whether they want to become better reviewers or better poets. There will be no requirements to write poetry. Assignments are designed to appreciate and respond to poetry. We will read a wide variety of famous poets and discuss how their work illustrates the elements of poetry.
Starts: May 5th
Seats Left: 7 seats.
Grammar Tips (SPAG)
This is your chance to conquer the dreaded comma, unlock the mysteries of the apostrophe and figure out once and for all when to use "lie" instead of "lay." Every discussion will feature easy-to-follow examples, and assignments will provide a chance to practice and receive individual feedback.
Starts: May 5th
Seats Left: 8 seats.
Rhyme and Meter in Poetry
If you are interested in writing metered, rhyming poetry that sounds natural and engages your reader, this class will provide all the basics. You will also learn to use several poetic devices such as metaphors and similes. Assignments will give you hands on experience with composing your own poetry in a step by step process, and you will receive personalized help along the way. You will also have the chance to discuss this process with the instructor and other students in group chats.
Starts: May 6th
Seats Left: 8 seats.
Children's Poetry
Ask people to identify their favorite poems and many will name poetry they fell in love with as children.
Whether you want to write for your own children and grandchildren or break into the children's market, this course will allow you to explore how to instill in children a love for poetry.
Starts: May 6th
Seats Left: 8 seats.


Japanese Poetry Forms
In this class, we will delve more deeply into short Japanese poetry forms that are centuries-old, have a history, and are beloved by various world-wide writing organizations and publications, including the Haiku Society of America, "Frogpond," and "Prune Juice." The instructor is very involved with these organizations, has been published in these journals and will facilitate learning for participants based on what she has learned herself over the past six years, including the controversy around the forms and new thinking.
Starts: June 9th
Seats Left: 6 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 FanStory.com 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 FanStory.com.
    Free Writer Membership. Provided with your class is a free two month membership to the FanStory.com 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.


FanStory.com writing courses provide adults with an opportunity to take classes online with experienced instructors.



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