11 Essential Online Writing Courses for 2020 📃

Fiction Writing Courses 📚

1. Neil Gaiman Teaches The Art of Storytelling

Neil Gaiman Masterclass Online Writing Course

This 19 lesson video writing course produced by Masterclass takes you through Neil’s creative process. His lessons tackle subjects such as character development, world building and dialogue, as well as how he deals with writer’s block. This is a fantastic course for any aspiring fantasy writer.

Neil Gaiman is an English author of short fiction, novels, graphic novels, nonfiction, audio theatre, TV and films. He most notable works include the novel American Gods, The Sandman graphic novels and recently the hit TV show Good Omens, which is an adaptation of his own book from the 1990’s, co-authored with the late Terry Pratchett.

2. Judy Blume Teaches Writing

Judy Blume Masterclass Online Writing Course

In her Masterclass, Blume extensively covers her writing blueprint when writing for a young-adult audience. she also covers the process of submitting your work, working with editors, dealing with rejection and even a lesson on her experience with controversy and censorship.

Judy Blume is an American author of children and young adult fiction. Her books have sold millions of copies around the world and influenced a generation of young women. Her works include Are You There God? It’s Me, Margaret, Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing, Deenie, and Blubber.

3. Dan Brown Teaches Writing Thrillers

Dan Brown Masterclass Online Writing Course

In his 19 video Masterclass course, Brown shares his process for researching, writing and editing a thriller. His lessons include, Crafting Heroes and Villians, Creating Suspense, Selecting and Utilizing Point-of-View, Exposition and Dialogue and many more.

If you aim to write a thriller or even if you wish to just borrow elements from the genre, this course is definitely worth checking out.

Dan Brown is an American writer and author of the world-wide best sellers, the Robert Langdon series, Angels & Demons, The Da Vinci Code, The Lost Symbol, Inferno and Origin. Even if you’ve not read the books you’ve likely seen the movie adaptations starring Tom Hanks.

4. James Patterson Teaches Writing

James Patterson Masterclass Online Writing Course

In this 22 lesson video series produced by Masterclass, James Patterson teaches you his blueprint for writing a bestseller. The course covers end to beginning, how to finish writing your book.

With a ridiculous number of books under his belt, Patterson is someone who have truly mastered the process of writing novels. If you’re a procrastinator, it’s definitely the course for you!

James Patterson is an American philanthropist and author. He has consecutively reached the No. 1 New York Times bestsellers spot 19 times and is currently the worlds best selling author. His is most well known for his thriller and mystery novels such as the Alex Cross and Women’s Murder Club series.

5. R.L. Stine Teaches Writing for Young Audiences

R.L Stine Masterclass Online Writing Course

Stines Masterclass course helps you understand how to craft a captivating – and scary – read for the young-adult audience. The classes cover everything from coming up with your first idea, revising and getting feedback, to publicising yourself as a writer.

For an aspiring young-adult writer the course provides an invaluable insight into the mind of one of the most successful to ever write in the genre!

R.L Stine is an American short story writer, novelist, television producer, screenwriter and author of the mega-selling Goosebumps young-adult horror book series.

Non-Fiction Writing Courses 📑

6. Malcolm Gladwell Teaches Writing

Malcom Gladwell Masterclass Online Writing Course

Gladwell’s 24 video Masterclass courses aims to teach you how to research and develop ideas for your non-fiction work, helping you create a compelling narrative for your readers to explore.

Malcolm Gladwell CM is a Canadian journalist, author, and public speaker and intellectual. He has published five books in total, all of which we’re on the New York Times best seller list. Gladwell is a master of ordering and communicating his thoughts for his readers.

Essay Writing Courses 🎓

7. Creative Writing: Crafting Personal Essays with Impact

Roxane Gay Skillshare Creative Writing Course

In her Skillshare Original Course, Roxane shares how to create a great essay. The course is just over one hour long, covering ; Find a specific purpose for telling your story, connecting your work to larger conversations and timely themes, conducting crucial research to support your work, navigating personal memories to write your truth, writing and revising your final work, and submitting your work for publication.

Not many courses explore the topic of personal essay writing, which makes this a valuable course for any autobiographical writers.

8. Academic English: Writing Specialization Course

Academic English: Writing Specialization Coursera

This writing specialization course offered by Coursera is taken by Tracey Chapman, Helen Nam and Brad Gilip. It is structured like a university course, allowing you to enrol and receive a certification of completion.

This specialization features five courses; Grammar and Punctuation; Getting Started with Essay Writing; Advanced Writing; Introduction to Research for Essay Writing. Each of these has several modules within them. if you’re looking for a more formal structured learning experience, this is the course for you!

Technical Writing Courses 📰

9. Ninja Writing: The Four Levels Of Writing Mastery

Shani Raja Udemy Course

Raja’s Udemy course focuses on technical writing skills. It focuses on how to construct your work at four different levels; narrative, paragraph, sentence and word.

By the end of this course, you will understand how to communicate your ideas effectively and how to creative a captivating well-understood narrative for your readers.

Shani Raja is a journalist, writer and editor. He has worked for some of the world’s leading publications, including The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Financial Times and Bloomberg News. Shani also teaches advanced writing skills to professionals in industry at places such as Microsoft and IBM. He also teaches journalism to undergraduates.

10. Tom Geller – Writing With Impact

Tom Geller Writing With Impact Online Writing Course

The aim of Geller’s LinkedIn Learning course is to teach you how to write concisely and with impact. Geller breaks down his advice into six chapters, featuring three videos each. The course is quite compact and doesn’t mess around, which means it’s great time spent and is definitely worth checking out!

Tom Geller has worked in communications for over two decades. Working mainly in business and technology, he has held roles as a writer, editor, journalist, videographer, presenter, educator, web designer, layout artist, and public relations executive.

Screenwriting Courses 📑

11. Aaron Sorkin Teaches Screenwriting

Aaron Sorkin Masterclass Online Screenwriting Course

Sorkin’s 35 lesson Masterclass course gives an often unseen insight into the world of screenwriting. The beginning of his courses teaches you what drives storytelling in film, how to come up with story ideas, how to research and how to develop characters. He also takes you through the structural process of screenwriting with the rules of storytelling and how a film story arc works. The latter part of the course focuses heavily on case studies and how to write individual scenes.

Online screenwriting courses a few and far between, which makes this masterclass by Aaron Sorking such a fantastic resource.

Aaron Sorkin is an Academy Award-winning screenwriter, director, producer, and playwright. His work has made him one of the most well-known and prolific writer in the industry today.