23 Free Online Writing Courses


Are you a writer who’s looking to sharpen their skills or a newbie who wants to get into the writing game? If so, here a 23 free online courses that include everything from fiction writing to song-lyric writing, essay skills to grammar skills.

While some courses offer a certificate for a fee, you can study all at absolutely no cost.



1. Adventures in Writing – Stanford University

2. Thinking Like a Writer – Michigan State University

3. Start Writing Fiction – The Open University

4. Creative Writing: The Craft of Plot – Wesleyan University

5. Creative Writing: The Craft of Character – Wesleyan University

6. Creative Writing: The Craft of Setting and Description – Wesleyan University

7. Creative Writing: The Craft of Style – Wesleyan University

8. How Writers Write Fiction – University of Iowa

9. Writing for Young Readers: Opening the Treasure Chest – Commonwealth Education Trust

10. How Writers Write Poetry – University of Iowa

11. Modern & Contemporary American Poetry (“ModPo”) – University of Pennsylvania

12. Modern American Poetry – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

13. Sharpened Visions: A Poetry Workshop – California Institute of the Arts

14. How to Write an Essay – University of California, Berkeley

15. Getting Started with Essay Writing – University of California, Irvine

16. English Grammar and Essay Writing – University of California, Berkeley

17. English for Journalists: Key Concepts – University of California, Berkeley

18. English for Journalists: Free Speech and Media Trends – University of California, Berkeley

19. Journalism, the future, and you! – Michigan State University

20. Journalism Skills for Engaged Citizens – The University of Melbourne

21. Songwriting: Writing the Lyrics – Berklee

22. English Composition – Arizona State University

23. Tricky English Grammar – University of California, Irvine


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