In addition to being a literary agent I am also a writer. I've written three novel-length romance and fantasy manuscripts with a fourth half done. I've written short stories, novellas, podcasts and oodles of publicity materials. So when we created SFWU, I came at it from a writer's point of view. What did I want in an online university targeted solely towards writers? I wanted affordable, easily accessible classes that were both deep and broad enough to help me through plot, character and pacing problems at the exact moment I needed assistance; give me inspiration when writers block hit; educate me about the publishing process; provide short tips on using social media and the new technology that is transforming the publishing industry; and more benefits like these. I wanted a community of other writers and publishing professionals to network with and learn from. I wanted a hub that I could return to time and time again to improve my craft, explore my writing world, create a writer's community and maybe someday sell my work.
I think we've succeeded in phase one. The university is live. It has a lot more than classes. You can create your own profile and explore the profiles of the other members. You can comment on classes, blog about anything having to do with writing, post topics to the forum and join in discussions surrounding topics posted by other members.
In phase two we'll add more live events, video classes, online multi-week classes. In phase three we may even become an eBook publisher of tools for writers. The sky is the limit.
What do YOU want from San Francisco Writers University?