Institute For Writers

Institute For Writers was established in 1989 under the name Long Ridge Writers Group.

In 2015, the name was changed to Institute For Writers.

New name, same great teaching, same great school.

Since it began, this school for writers has been teaching its customized method of instruction and successfully preparing our students for the marketplace.

No change of name will change that!

We’ve put an incredible amount of thought into enhancing all our services in order to provide continuous support as our graduates move through their careers as writers.

What has not changed? The dedication of our student services staff. Our expert faculty has not changed. While we’re always reviewing and improving our programs, our unique, pioneering method of one-to-one instruction has definitely not changed.

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Our school has taught tens of thousands of aspiring authors how to find their own writing niche--and how to break into print. We welcome you!

Learn how to write both adult fiction and nonfiction in our writing course called Breaking into Print™. Our instructors are professional writers and editors who develop teaching plans for your individual needs and goals. If you're a graduate of Breaking Into Print, contact us for information on our graduate level courses.

Official State Educational Approval

Our courses, as well as our organization, its business practices, and our educational program, are approved by the Connecticut Commissioner of Higher Education, which is the authority that licenses all proprietary schools, technical institutes, junior colleges, colleges, and universities in the state of Connecticut, including Yale and the University of Connecticut.

The purpose of the authorization is toensure that an institution and its academic programs comply with thequality standards required to operate in the state. The regulations andstandards used by the Connecticut Office of Higher Education can befound at

In addition to our OHE authorization, Charter Oak State College through its certification process ensures that the Institute continues to meet the quality standards established by the state.

High Satisfaction Ratings

Of 1,400 colleges and universities surveyed over several years by U.S. News & World Report magazine, the highest-ranking institution, in terms of student satisfaction, scored 73%. By comparison, 89.7% of those who completed our program report that they were “very satisfied”; 98% “would do it all over again”; and 97.7% “would recommend our program to a good friend.”

100% Money-back Satisfaction Guarantee

We are dedicated to your complete satisfaction; however, if you are not satisfied that you have become a better writer and learned how to market your writing to editors and publishers, as a result of completing our program, simply request a refund within 60 days of the date on your diploma and you will get back every penny you’ve paid.

You Earn College Credits

The Connecticut Board for State Academic Awards recommends that students who complete our program be awarded seven college credits. No matter where you live, these credits may be obtained from Charter Oak State College, which functions under the degree-granting authority of the Connecticut Board. You can have these credits submitted on a Charter Oak transcript to any college or university. (If you are a teacher, your transcript will be sent to your school board, at your request.)

Professional Faculty

All of our instructors are highly professional published writers or editors whom we have trained to teach our program. They have written more than 20,000 stories and articles that have appeared in a wide range of national magazines and newspapers, and on the Internet. They have published over 900 books.

Personal One-on-One Instruction

Each student is assigned to his or her own personal instructor and they work together, one-on-one, for the duration of the course. This tutorial technique has been used exclusively because it has proved to be the most effective method ever developed to teach people how to write for publication.

Verification from Our Students

Hundreds of current and former students in the U.S. and Canada have volunteered to give new applicants the benefit of their experience in the program. If you pass our test, just ask us for the names and addresses of students in your area you may contact.

Student Success

On average, more than 300 of our students, including those who have completed our course, are published every year.

Expert Consultation

Our Student Counselors are available four days a week to answer your questions about any aspect of the program, the textbooks and teaching materials, and your assignments.

Better Business Bureau

Institute for Writers is an Accredited Business of the Better Business Bureau and adheres to its guiding principles. For a complete, free report, visit

Admission Eligibility

Since our founding in 1989, we have followed the U.S. Federal Trade Commission Guides for Private Vocational and Home Study Schools without exception: Only those applicants who pass our Writing Test are eligible to enroll in our course.

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"Thanks to the Institute (of Children's Literature) and their sister school, Institute for Writers, (formerly Long Ridge), I am published in paranormal romance.  I couldn't have gotten where I am without them."

Annette Miller

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