Online Creative Writing Courses Offered Free by Top Universities and Educational Websites

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Free courses are a great way to improve your writing skills. The courses shown here focus on several types of creative writing, including poetry, essay writing and fiction writing.
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Getting Educated for Free

1. Introductory Courses

Creative

  • Introduction to Creative Writing - University of Utah Course
  • Creative Writing 101 - Eight Lesson Suite101 Course
  • Intro to Creative Writing - Eight Week Course from the Crafty Writer
  • Creative Writing Workshop - Four Lesson Suite 101 Course
  • Writing What You Know - Introductory Course from the UK's Open University

2. Fiction Writing

Fiction

3. Poetry

Poetry

4. Essay Writing

Essay

5. Editing and Proofreading

Proofread

6. Additional Resources

Writing

Utilizing Your Creative Writing Knowledge

Writers do not necessarily need a degree to be successful. There are many published writers who have not had any formal postsecondary education at all. This means that you should have no problem using your new creative writing knowledge and your natural talent to get into print.

You can be published online, in magazines, newspapers, trade publications and in books. To find markets for your work, consider picking up a copy of Writer's Market. This book shows you how and where to sell your work.

You can also find markets for your work through job listing sites like:

Salary Potential

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, bls.gov, salaried writers and authors typically earn between $34,850 and $67,820 a year. Annual earnings for a writer can vary depending on how many pieces the writer publishes in a year and where the work is published.

Job Title Median Annual Salary
Writers $48,640
Editors $46,990

Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics

Popular Schools

  • Online Programs Available
    1. Southern New Hampshire University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Screenwriting
      • MA in English and Creative Writing
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Fiction
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Poetry
      • MA in English and Creative Writing - Nonfiction
      • MA in English
    Bachelor's
      • BA in Creative Writing - Poetry
      • BA in Creative Writing & English
      • BA in Creative Writing - Screenwriting
      • BA in Creative Writing - Fiction Writing
      • BA in Creative Writing - Nonfiction Writing
      • BA in Communication - Professional Writing
  • Campus and Online Programs
    2. DeVry University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor's - Technical Management: Technical Communication
      • Bachelor's - Business Admin: Technical Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    3. Ashford University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BA/English
  • Campus and Online Programs
    4. Full Sail University

    Program Options

    Master's
      • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment
  • Online Programs Available
    5. Grand Canyon University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • Bachelor: English Literature
      • Bachelor: Communications
      • BA in Digital Film - Screenwriting
  • Online Programs Available
    6. Kaplan University

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS in Communication
  • Online Programs Available
    7. Penn Foster Career School

    Program Options

    Certificate
      • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
      • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer
  • Online Programs Available
    8. Colorado State University Global

    Program Options

    Bachelor's
      • BS - Communication

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Featured Schools

The schools and programs listed below are popular educational options, and tuition varies based on program and location

Southern New Hampshire University

  • MA in English and Creative Writing - Screenwriting
  • MA in English and Creative Writing
  • BA in Creative Writing - Poetry
  • BA in Creative Writing & English

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DeVry University

  • Bachelor's - Technical Management: Technical Communication
  • Bachelor's - Business Admin: Technical Communication

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Ashford University

  • BA/English

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Full Sail University

  • Master of Fine Arts - Creative Writing
  • Bachelor of Fine Arts - Creative Writing for Entertainment

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Grand Canyon University

  • Bachelor: English Literature
  • Bachelor: Communications
  • BA in Digital Film - Screenwriting

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Kaplan University

  • BS in Communication

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Penn Foster Career School

  • Certificate - English: Comprehensive Skills in Reading & Writing
  • Career Diploma: Freelance Writer

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Colorado State University Global

  • BS - Communication

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