Join A Community Of Writers
Gifted Writers Academy is an asynchronous online program featuring creative writing and academic writing classes. Writers may sign up for classes at any time of the year.
Gifted Writers Academy is a place to learn, give and receive feedback, make friends, and become a better writer.
We're a tight-knit group of story writers, poets, playwrights, and documentarians.
Whether you're a rising poet, story writer, documentarian, or playwright, The Gifted Writers Academy is the perfect place to delve into creative or academic writing. We offer the Writing Essentials course, a creative writing program that exposes writers to a diverse array of genres: fiction, poetry, drama, and creative nonfiction through videos and written lessons. Foundations in Academic Writing sets up learners for success in high school, college, and beyond. With a variety of examples, video tutorials, and hands-on lessons, the writing styles we provide instruction on include essays, literature reviews, research papers, and annotated bibliographies. The Writing Prompts Challenge provides one engaging prompt per day for a month or as long as six months with writing tips and mentor texts in one of four genres. If you are passionate about writing and want to connect with other writers from around the world who share your dedication and joy for the process of creating and learning while working at your own pace—this is the right place for you!
Meet The Gifted Writers Team
Now in his 30th year in education, program founder/director, Ted Ibur, has had the good fortune to be an English teacher and administrator at the middle school, high school, and college levels. At Saint Louis University, Ibur is the Executive Director of the St. Louis Literary Award and also works as an English liaison for the 1818 Dual Enrollment Program. He received a BA in both English and Sociology with a minor in Journalism and Creative Writing from Mizzou, and earned an MA in Education from Washington University. For the first ten years of his teaching career, Ibur was also a full-time musician playing drums in several bands. His 2012 debut novel written under his full name, Edward Scott Ibur, is called Teacher of the Year, a satirical comedy set in a middle school. He is currently working on a collection of short stories.