Diving For Pearls

Online writers' resources by Ingrid Bruck


Ingrid Bruck is an editor at Between These Shores.  She was a featured writer in BTSA Issue #2. Her column is devoted to online writer resources. She found her own writer support community online. Writing this column is one way of "paying it forward". 

Diving for Pearls: Online Writers Resources

BTS Books strives to be a writers resource. Toward that end, we invite writers to share their information, link, and news of interest for the literary community. 

Email your pearls of resources for writers to:

Ingrid Bruck, Network and Resource Editor



October 2022

Online Writer Classes


Fall coincides with a return to school. Many writing classes for adult learners become available when school starts. Taking online writer classes is a great way to increase your knowledge of craft and improve your skills.  


Some Good Online Writer Classes in October 2022


Gotham Writers of NYC offers a broad array of writing classes. Most classes have a fee to participate. Some examples: Script-Writing, Memoir, Children, Middle Ages, Humor, Standup Comedy, Poetry, Video Game, Blog, Documentary. 




Gotham Writers offers a free online writing class: Write-In, Fridays (afternoon/evening):



Writer’s Digest is a writer’s magazine that markets a variety of online writing classes for a modest fee. Offerings are multi-genre, from novice to professional level. Classes are taught by experts and teachers. For a list of October live classes, go to the Class Calendar: 




Writer’s Digest also features four live online writer sessions in October 2022.  https://www.writersonlineworkshops.com/pages/live-event-calendar


Check out the online special scheduled on October 1: The Horror Visual Conference. Instructors include four award-winning, best-selling horror writers: Michael J. Seidlinger (horror psychology), Gwendolyn Kiste (gothic: Southern, Romance, Suburban), Richard Thomas (pairing terror & horror), and Jax Miller (true crime). Literary agents will attend. Includes a session on how to write a book proposal and query letter to an agent, with individual critique).




Writer’s Digest also presents self-paced online learning classes as well. Some subjects include:  description & setting, viewpoint, plot and structure, poetry, non-fiction for children, how to write a novel proposal,  how to write a non-fiction book proposal, how to write a religious book.  



Coursera features both paid and free online classes for writer. They are quality classes taught by professors of higher education and professionals from companies in the writing business. 



 Creative Writing Specialization by Wesleyan University is an example of a free online class available through Coursera. The creative writing curriculum includes four self-paced learning modules that can be taken in any order. Link:




ModPo (Modern American Poetry) from The University of Pennsylvania operates on the Coursera platform. This online class is free but enrollment is required to participate. The ten-week session runs from September until early November. During the full month of October, each week at ModPo features a different school of American Poetry. It’s too late to earn a certificate of completion for 2022, but each week’s session is a stand-alone offering. The class provides excellent learning tools for poetry. I highly recommend this vibrant online poetry community to writers of English from anywhere on the globe. 



May your writing flourish and grow in October 2022. 

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