How To Start A Website for Writers, Artists & Creative Types

Share your work with the world with this free, detailed, step-by-step guide to starting a website for writers & artists!
Rating: 4.6 out of 5 (269 ratings)
23,087 students
English [Auto]
By the end of the course, you will have a fully-fledged, up-and-running website to share your creative work
In this course, you will learn how to find your site's domain
reserve your domain
get the right kind of website for a long creative career
find the best hosting for your site
install the industry-standard blogging platform
update and customize your site
style your site with the perfect Theme
add Pages with key information about yourself and your work
keep fans up to date with the latest Posts
direct readers around your site with a strong Menu


  • Basic familiarity with computers
  • No knowledge of websites or coding is necessary!


It’s the greatest time in history to be a writer, artist, and creative person. With advances in technology and new paths for reaching new fans, there’s more opportunity than ever to develop a sustainable career as a creative!

And in this modern world, a website is key for this. If you’re interested in using a website to grow your creative career, then this course is for you.

How To Start A Website for Writers, Artists, and Creative Types will lead you step-by-step through everything you need to establish your online platform.

You’ll learn in detail exactly how to set up your own website, make it look just your style, and post updates about your work to connect with new fans. Whether you’re experienced with technology or still prefer writing with an old-fashioned quill, this course will make managing websites and online interactions with readers accessible, easy, and fun.

By the end of the course, you’ll have a solid foundation in website setup and management, along with all the skills you need to keep up the site and start interacting with your fans. The course uses clear and detailed video and text lectures to show you exactly what to do to set up your site. Whether you're experienced with computers or not, you'll be able to follow along at your own pace. You'll have lifetime access to all the lessons here as you build your site.

How To Start A Website for Writers, Artists, and Creative Types is an ideal course for anyone who has a creative drive. Whether you're a bestselling author or are just starting to learn your craft, a website is an important part of your career.

Most of the advice about websites isn't geared for artists and creative types; so this course focuses specifically on the needs of creatives. We make sure the website is part of the process, so it doesn't sap all your creative energy.

After you've finished How To Start A Website for Writers, Artists, and Creative Types, you will know how to:

  • fit a website into your creative process
  • find a great domain name and site address
  • reserve your domain
  • get the right kind of website for the long career
  • find the best hosting for your site
  • navigate your host's control panel
  • keep several websites under your hosting account
  • install WordPress, the industry-standard blogging platform
  • log in and manage your WordPress Dashboard
  • update and customize your WordPress site
  • browse, install, and active the perfect Theme
  • add key information Pages about yourself and your work
  • keep new fans up to date with the latest Posts
  • lead site visitors to key information with your Menu
  • and much, much more!

Who this course is for:

  • Creative people (writers, artists, musicians, woodworkers, potters, jugglers, comedians...any and all!)
  • Anyone who wants to start a website or blog

Course content

5 sections20 lectures1h 16m total length
  • How Websites Can Boost Creative Careers
  • The Many Benefits of a Self-Hosted Website


Novelist, Professor, Podcaster, Web Designer
Baker Lawley
  • 4.6 Instructor Rating
  • 269 Reviews
  • 23,087 Students
  • 1 Course

I'm the author of four novels and my day job is as an English professor at a liberal arts college.

I love teaching and sharing what I know, and I also love learning and tinkering, which led me to start a podcast, Fiction School, and a web design project, Websites for Writers.

A little more...

When I was about six, I defaced my copy of Stuart Little. I didn’t like the ending, so I rewrote it, right there in pen on the last page. I’ve been a writer ever since–and I still have that copy of Stuart Little.

I’ve worked as a septic system tester, a lifeguard, a school uniform salesman, an editor, a freelance writer, and currently I’m a Professor of Creative Writing and English. I'm also the co-founder of Fiction School, and I run a small web design project called Websites for Writers.

I write all over the place, genre-wise: young adult novels, Southern Gothic mysteries and paranormal series, short stories, writing guides, and more. My stories have been published in some wonderful literary journals like Copper Nickel, The Cream City Review, Eleven Eleven, Oyster Boy Review, and The Southeast Review. I’ve also won emerging artist grants from the Jerome Foundation and the Minnesota State Arts Board. (Big thanks to them!)

After years of trying to avoid all things technical, I got interested in the ways new media can overlap and inform fiction writing. I founded my first blog in 2009, but it wasn't easy. I learned a little about web hosting and got an account, but when I logged in, I had no idea what anything meant! Many fellow writers told me the same, so I began helping writers, artists and creative people set up websites for their work. To date, I've designed or helped start over fifty sites for creative entrepreneurs.

I also fell in love with podcasting and talked some writer friends into starting a weekly podcast we called Fiction School. It's informative and irreverent, a great way to connect with other writers and to build camaraderie in the creative process.