"I went from taking a course at the Institute to having five books published."   –Debbie Brown

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  • Proven method of instruction for nearly 50 years
  • One-on-one professional mentoring
  • Earn college credits
  • Payment plan available

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  • Authorized by the State of Connecticut Office of Higher Education
  • College credits awarded by Charter Oak State College
  • Connecticut Credit Assessment Program (CCAP)

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Our Schools By The Numbers


Total number of students       (and counting!)

2 Graduates awarded the prestigious Newbery Medal or dubbed the state Poet Laureate of Wyoming.
0 Number of people with whom you have to share your instructor.
46,537 Ongoing tally of approx. number of books and articles published by our students and graduates in past two years.

Earn college credits

  • Earn college credits at both the Institute of Children’s Literature and Institute for Writers no matter where you live.
  • Courses are approved by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education.
  • Your transcript can be sent to any college, university, or school board. 

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Join our community

Pre-published? Published? We've got plenty for everyone! 

  • Rx FOR WRITERS––chockful of writing resources...
  • The WRITING FOR CHILDREN Podcast––Katie Davis’s free podcast on craft.... 
  • Quarterly writing contests... (Prizes to $1,300!)
  • Our unique, new popular webinars that follow every contest...

 There’s more coming, so keep checking in!

Long Ridge Writers Group, where we've been preparing writers for publication since 1989, has a new name: Institute for Writers.  New name, same company (and people) you know. For more information on IFW and our course offerings, click here.

"It's been so amazing - I've had five books published with Dancing With Bear Publishing, numerous stories/articles published, ongoing assignments with Union Gospel Press, and just signed with an agent for my Christian romantic suspense novel!  And to think it all started with a little course from ICL..." - Laura Caron Thomas
"I took three courses with ICL.  It was such an incredible experience.  I learned so much from them.  And they are a wonderful resource after completing the courses.  I became a published writer while still taking the courses.  Go for it!!!" - Elaine D'Alessandro
"My debut novel is being published this month...  You make dreams come true." - Crystal "C.J." Malarsky
"Doors have opened for me that I never thought possible, and I owe it all to your training." - Kimberly McGraw

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"This is another great read from [ICL]... When I saw this particular one, I grabbed it immediately ... This book is a great addition to a writer's (whether published or not) shelf ... I highly recommend their writing courses. You receive feedback on your work from published authors. You will be encouraged but also pushed to make your story from good to great."