Considering an Online Writing Certification?

Penn Foster Career School, the school below with the highest ranking, has proven itself as a leader in certifying students in writing to become successful writers, reporters, journalists, technical writers, etc. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there are currently 43,390 individuals employed as writers and authors in America, and their average annual salary is $64,560. Gaming and sports book writers and runners make on average $23,460 per year and there are about 14,790 of them employed today .

Writing Common Job Tasks
  • composing stories
  • submitting manuscripts
  • interviewing subjects
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Freelance Writer

Learn the skills you need to begin a career as a Freelance Writer — at home, at your own pace, with Penn Foster Career School. You need certain skills to begin a career in Freelance Writing. The Penn Foster Career School Freelance Writer Program helps you learn them quickly and conveniently. You will learn about: * The business of writing and getting in the writing habit * Reference sources for writers, types of fiction and nonfiction * Using the Writer’s Market * Submitting manuscripts and working with agents and editors

Writing Children's Books

Sales of children’s books are projected to reach $4.02 billion by 2012* making this a great time to learn how to craft these popular stories and market your manuscripts. We’ll help you develop fresh ideas and conquer writer’s block; master plot, character, dialogue and tone; write to different age groups; even create an attention-grabbing query letter and more. Your writing assignments will be personally critiqued by our experienced instructor-author.

Writing Programs by State & City

Top 20 US Writing Schools (campus and online)

Columbia University in the City of New York
Total Programs 192
Number of Subjects 141
Rank in USA 4th
Brown University
Total Programs 135
Number of Subjects 88
Rank in USA 9th
University of Southern California
Total Programs 251
Number of Subjects 166
Rank in USA 10th
Northwestern University
Total Programs 197
Number of Subjects 139
Rank in USA 11th
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Total Programs 67
Number of Subjects 67
Rank in USA 12th
New York University
Total Programs 204
Number of Subjects 146
Rank in USA 13th
Dartmouth College
Total Programs 88
Number of Subjects 68
Rank in USA 14th
University of Virginia-Main Campus
Total Programs 106
Number of Subjects 103
Rank in USA 16th
Vanderbilt University
Total Programs 144
Number of Subjects 81
Rank in USA 17th
The University of Texas at Austin
Total Programs 169
Number of Subjects 141
Rank in USA 18th
Johns Hopkins University
Total Programs 178
Number of Subjects 136
Rank in USA 19th
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Total Programs 215
Number of Subjects 164
Rank in USA 23rd
University of Washington-Seattle Campus
Total Programs 243
Number of Subjects 168
Rank in USA 26th
Emory University
Total Programs 112
Number of Subjects 89
Rank in USA 30th
University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Total Programs 279
Number of Subjects 183
Rank in USA 31st
Boston University
Total Programs 6
Number of Subjects 124
Rank in USA 32nd
University of Georgia
Total Programs 197
Number of Subjects 156
Rank in USA 38th
Carnegie Mellon University
Total Programs 167
Number of Subjects 115
Rank in USA 44th
Michigan State University
Total Programs 220
Number of Subjects 164
Rank in USA 45th
University of California-Irvine
Total Programs 120
Number of Subjects 90
Rank in USA 49th