Master the essentials of writing, and become the stellar wordsmith you always wanted to be! In this course, you’ll develop the skills you need to excel at business communications, express yourself clearly online, and take your creative literary talents to a new level.
Whether you’re hoping to get a better job, write for a blog, or publish your short story, this course will give you the writing tools you need for success. It’s also a perfect choice for students who speak English as a second language. With the knowledge and hands-on practice you gain from this course, you’ll be able to express yourself clearly and persuasively in writing—both in your personal life and in the business world.
Learn important concepts to help you write better today including a strategy that will free up every bit of your existing writing skills and help you gain confidence when you write. Then, learn to recognize what kinds of word choices work and why.
Learn 10 helpful rules and five helpful tips to make you a better speller so you can spell better from now on. Then, master common word usage difficulties, and learn to pick the right word at the right time and put it in the right place in your sentence.
Practice constructing sentences that have energy and precision by learning four simple tips, deciding which words to take out, and communicating your ideas logically. Review the three main punctuation marks used to end sentences: the period, the question mark, and the exclamation point. Then, learn to identify and fix run-on sentences, sentence fragments, and the overuse of dashes and ellipses.
Gain confidence in your comma placement and get answers to all your lingering doubts about using them. Then, learn how to use punctuation marks like semicolons, colons, dashes, parentheses, ellipses, apostrophes, quotation marks, italics, and hyphens.
Get tips on how to organize a paragraph, where to break one paragraph and start another, and how to sequence paragraphs for optimum understanding. Then, how to put all your good writing into the right format so you can communicate with power and precision.
Explore how the techniques of writing various types of electronic media such as e-mail, instant messages, and text messages, for example, differ from the techniques used to prepare messages that will be read on paper. Finally, you’ll practice how to use both your creative and your critical skills while writing.
Prerequisites / Requirements
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac device.
- PC: Windows XP or later.
- Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
When can I get started?
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits.
How does it work?
Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.
How long do I have to complete each lesson?
The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.
What if I need an extension?
The final exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the final exam has been released, you will have two weeks plus 10 days (24 days total) to complete the final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.