Welcome to Writing Academy!

Where Writers Become Authors

Launch Your Writing Career Today

Welcome to Writing Academy! If you're looking for online classes on how to write well you’ve found the right place.

Steve and Dani Alcorn have helped more than 30,000 aspiring writers learn how to structure novels, and many of them are now in print.

We'll show you how to turn your idea into a novel or screenplay, and even show you how to get published.

Become a Published Author

Whether you dream of writing novels, non-fiction, or memoirs, Writing Academy can help you make that dream a reality.

All our courses are designed to give you the tools you need to become a successful, published author.

Video Lessons

Each lesson features a video with detailed, actionable instruction about a specific topic. Throughout each course you'll apply the topics we discuss to your own work, as you develop your idea and begin writing.

Discussion Areas

Every lesson includes a discussion area, where you can post questions and interact with your instructors and fellow students. You will always receive prompt replies.

Learn at Your Own Pace

Our courses are self-paced to fit into busy lives. Complete them on your schedule.

Ways to Learn

Writing Academy offers you several ways to learn, depending on your goals and interests. You can choose to enroll in individual courses or subscribe to one of our bundles.

Individual Courses

Individual courses give you lifetime access to a particular course, including any updates we make to it. This is a good option for people with very specific writing goals.


Writing Academy Bundles offer you access to multiple courses for one low monthly (or annual) fee. Plus, when you complete every course in the bundle and earn a certificate of completion, your subscription becomes free. This is the best option for people who want to launch a successful publishing career.


Your Instructors

Steve is the author of many novels and non-fiction books. His publications include mysteries, young adult novels, a romance novel, children's books, history and non-fiction about theme park design, and the writer's guide How to Fix Your Novel.

Steve is also the CEO of Alcorn McBride Inc, the company that provides the audio and video systems used in nearly all of the world's theme parks. In his spare time he enjoys world travel, sculpture and music composition.

During the past decade he has helped more than 30,000 aspiring authors structure their novels. Many of his students are now published authors.

Dani is a Chicago-based screenwriter and communication designer. She is the author of the Young Adult novel The Last Telepath, and three screenplays:

  • A Quintessence of Dust, a science fiction riff on what would happen if Hamlet met Bladerunner
  • How to Catch an Englishman, a romantic comedy about moving overseas in search of an eligible bachelor
  • Do No Harm, a drama that explores the ethical choices facing a heart surgeon when her personal and professional lives collide

Dani graduated Summa Cum Laude from Northwestern University, where she majored in Psychology and Radio, Television, & Film.