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Nancy Strauss
Founder and Online Courses Director at Creative Writing Now

Nancy taught creative and expository writing at the University of Michigan before moving to the Czech Republic and then Spain. Since then, she has worked as an English teacher and consultant, published a book about online communities, and founded a content writing and translation company. She has an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Michigan and a B.A. in English from Oberlin College.


Courses available

Irresistible Fiction

Make your fiction impossible to put down. This course will show you a range of techniques to hook your readers and build curiosity, tension, suspense, and excitement.

Only $26.95!

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Story Structure

This course will show you how to develop story plots and how to structure the beginning, middle, and ending of a story or novel. At the end of the course, you'll create a detailed story plan that you can use for your own fiction writing.

Only $26.95!

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Through Your Character's Eyes

This course on narrative viewpoint will show you how to make scenes and stories feel three-dimensional and real. You'll learn how to create a unique perspective for a character and how to bring readers deep into a character's mind.

Only $26.95!

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Bringing Characters to Life

This course will show you the secrets of developing interesting and believable characters. Discover how you can express your characters through their habits, tastes, routines, speech, actions, and relationships. Learn how to show a characters' motivations, thoughts, and feelings, and how to make your characters evolve and change during the course of a story.

Only $27.00!

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Mastering Dialogue

This course will show you how to write great dialogue. Learn how to create unique voices for your characters; build scenes with the right mix of "showing" and "telling;" and use dialogue as a tool for character development, plotting, pacing, and setting.

Only $26.95!

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Essentials of Memoir Writing

Learn how to turn your life experiences into a successful memoir. This course will show you how to write vividly about your memories and craft them into a meaningful narrative.

Only $26.95!

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Mystery Writing

This course will show you how to write a successful mystery story or novel, taking you step by step through the process of developing a story idea, creating your cast of characters, laying down clues, and shaping your mystery plot.

Only $26.95!

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Essentials of Poetry Writing

Learn how to write powerful poems. This course covers essential aspects of poetry writing, from developing an idea to using sound, rhythm, and imagery to create an intense atmosphere or mood.

Only $26.95!

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We guarantee the value of this course. If you change your mind any time during the first 20 days, you can ask for a refund.


Students are raving!

"Thank you for a course that builds writing skills with direction to excellence. Everything was included, possibly more than college courses can offer."

—Janett Lee Wawrzyniak


"As usual—I already love the course on Irresistible Fiction, rewriting a lot and improving greatly even after the first lesson. Thanks so much for the great courses."

—Kitty Safken


"Thank you so much for putting together this writing course. It was of good value to me as it got me started thinking more deeply about my characters. I don't have a lot of time to write, working two jobs, but I am doing the ten-minute exercise with each lesson, and each evening, trying to get in the habit of sitting myself down to write... I would recommend the course to anyone."

—Barrie Creamer





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