There are a slew of free courses out there that can help you advance your writing skills, as well as enhance other subjects that interest you, and can help deepen your writing.  They are MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) and most are available to you for free from top universities and colleges. There are many platforms used to deliver these online classes to you, some may be familiar to you:

Many more offerings are available  . . . additional sources and platforms are listed at the end of this post. Curious? then check them out.


On October 11, 2016, the International Writing Program at the University of Iowa will open a the new fiction writing course

How Writers Write Fiction 2016: Storied Women

Centered on female authorial voices and female literary characters, this online course will be offered completely free to all participants and will welcome writers of all genders. The course is using the  NovoEd platform


Other offerings you might want to check

MOOC (massive open online course):

Academic Earth – privately owned

Khan Academy – non-profit

Coursera – venture capital financed


Udacity – venture capital financed

edX – non-profit created by MIT and Harvard

iversity – mixed (free and paid) European based

Other platforms in USA:  Stanford Online, Canvas Network, Kadenze, POLHN

Platforms used in other countries:  UK platform: Future Learn  Australia platform: Open2Study, Open Learning  India: NPTEL, WizTQ  France: Open Classroom  Finland: Eliademy



OCW (Open Course Ware) platforms:

There are also Open Course Ware providers of course lessons created at universities and published for free via the Internet. Here are some universities that share the OCW concepts and may have their own educational streams (some on You Tube) as well as using existing platforms sited above.  thCALJYRTP

EZIndiebutton2 I hope you keep reading – keep writing – and remain curious.


    1. Hi dvberkom – yes I know what you mean. Life is busy and there’s never enough time. I signed up for the Storied Women class and I’m looking forward to it, hoping to learn a few new ideas or tips on writing female POV. However, I have my son’s wedding coming up soon, (Nov 5th) so I may not be able to give it my full attention.
      Priorities 🙂 We build our lives brick by brick.
      You don’t need this course, you already write kick-ass characters 🙂
      Keep writing Daphne

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