Writing Classes

Writing classes can make all the difference between being an aspiring writer and a published author. The right class will provide plenty of “lightbulb moments,” and can literally be life changing.

Many years ago I met Hollywood screenwriter Doran William Cannon, when he was teaching his Write Like a Pro class. Bill and I hit it off, and soon we were teaching seminars together. When Bill passed away I was asked to update his class and take it over. Now called Write Fiction Like a Pro, I still think it’s the single best way for aspiring authors to learn the craft.

Our classes are presented in two different formats:

Online College-Affiliated Extension Courses

Online college-affiliated extension courses are offered through the online learning programs of more than 1500 colleges, worldwide. Each course lasts six weeks and consists of 12 lessons. Each lesson includes written instructional materials, a quiz, web resources, an assignment involving your own original writing, and a discussion area where you’ll share your work and receive feedback from me. It’s like being a member of the world’s most exclusive critique group! New courses begin monthly. Click here for a list of college-affiliated courses.

Online Video Courses

Our online video courses provide the most effective way to learn about writing at your own speed. Dani and I teach all of the courses, and provide constant interaction with our students. Once you enroll in a course, you are a member forever, and may progress through the lessons–or retake them–at any time. Each lesson includes applicable resources and discussions area where you can ask questions and receive feedback. Click her to explore online video courses.


Here’s the kind of feedback our courses receive:

“This course was amazing. I not only learned a tremendous amount, I have also gained confidence in my ability to write a compelling novel. Thank you so much to the instructor for his time and knowledge!”

“The teacher, Professor Alcorn, went over and above what anyone would reasonably expect. He responded to all posts in the various Discussion Area’s promptly, sometimes within minutes. Mr. Alcorn also showed patience with those of us who struggled with the concepts or had difficulty accepting the necessity of story structure. I believe that in the end we all came to see how vitally important story structuring is to success. This course was excellent in every respect.”

“Great Class. Made me realize how little I really know about writing! Really glad I took this course!!!! Would like to take (and will be taking) more of Steve’s writing courses.”

“This is an outstanding course. I would recommend it to everyone who aspires to write a novel or, as in my case, to anyone who is in the process of writing a novel. Steve Alcorn is the best writing instructor I could have wished for. I am inspired to take the next course. Thank you very much Steve.”

“This was a really fun course that has taught me invaluable information for writing. Before this class, I had lots of ideas but was unsure of how to form them into a coherent story. I would stumble over interesting plots in my head, with no way of putting them together. With the knowledge I’ve gained in this course, I really feel I can now write a complete story.”

“Before this course, I knew “diddly-squat” about what is involved in writing a novel. Prof. Alcorn took us step by step through story structure in a way that was practical, thorough, and encouraging. I especially appreciated his promptness in replying to submissions and his helpful suggestions. I would highly recommend this course to every aspiring writer.”

“This was a wonderful course, well planned and laid out. The instructor was on top of questions asked and always had positive input and suggestions. His patience was very much appreciated.”

“Steve Alcorn is the best instructor I have taken an online class from to date. I am looking forward to taking several more classes from this instructor in the future. Please don’t let him go anywhere.”

“Wonderful class and instructor. I will recommend him to my friends and anyone who’ll listen!”

“Best instructor ever!”