Beginners, Discover How to Get Started in Writing!

Every writer—regardless of fame, publishing credits, or success—has to start somewhere: the beginning. Do you want to become a writer? If so, you’re probably wondering how to get started. Take a look at these online writing workshops designed for beginners–they’ll help you get started!

How to Choose the Right Workshop For You

Writer’s Digest University offers tons of online writing workshops—so how do you know which one is right for you? Read the statements below and find the right course that fits your interests or goals. While each course is different, expect to read lectures and complete weekly assignments–all one your own time and schedule!

I’ve never written anything before but I want to give it a try.

We recommend the Getting Started in Writing course for any beginner writer. This online course is designed for people like you who are interested in writing but have no experience or aren’t sure how or where to begin. When you take this course, you’ll explore multiple disciplines of writing and discover what writing style you enjoy most. It’s a great way to start!

>> Learn more about the Getting Started in Writing workshop


My poor grammar skills are affecting my story. Help!

If this sounds like you, consider enrolling in the Grammar and Mechanics course. When you take this online course, you’ll get a refresher on the fundamentals of grammar and mechanics like the parts of speech, verb usage and punctuation. Then take what you’ve learned and apply the principles of good grammar & proper writing mechanics to improve your writing!

>> Learn more about the Grammar and Mechanics workshop


I am having trouble with writing articulate sentences or formatting my work.

Is your story just not “flowing”? Do you have the tendency to form run-on sentences or forget when you should start a new paragraph? Sounds like you need a refresher on form and composition. Therefore, we recommend you enroll in the Form and Composition course. You’ll learn how to fix common problems writers face when constructing sentences along with the basics of building paragraphs and polishing your prose.

>> Learn more about the Form and Composition workshop


I’m looking for a course that covers how to tell a story, including how to develop a plot and how to structure a novel.

If you would like to learn or revisit the fundamentals of structure and plotting in writing, take the Plot and Structure course. By the end of the this course, you’ll learn how to best craft a story that is delivered in a way that keeps the reader interested. Plus, you’ll read James Scott Bell’s book, Write Great Fiction: Plot & Structure.

>> Learn more about the Plot and Structure workshop

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