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Writing Essentials

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.

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

Offered in Partnership with your Preferred School

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Writing Essentials Details + Objective

Course Code: wre

You Will Learn
  • Discover how to create solid drafts
  • Learn to select strong and persuasive words, spell correctly, and choose the right punctuation
  • Find out how to craft well-written sentences, build effective paragraphs, and organize your material logically
  • Explore ways to make the most of e-mails and other forms of electronic communication
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Gain confidence in your writing with hands-on practice and feedback
  • Learn to express yourself clearly and persuasively
  • Become the writer you’ve always wanted to be
Writing Essentials Outline
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Week 1

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.

Week 2

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.

Week 3

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.

Week 4

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.

Week 5

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.

Week 6

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.

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Writing Essentials Instructors
Ann Linquist

Ann Linquist is a popular continuing education instructor on college campuses, at corporations, and with non-profit organizations. She has helped thousands of adults learn to tackle their writing tasks with enthusiasm. Having written everything from novels to newsletters, articles to ad copy, and poetry to proposals, Linquist is able to address the writing needs of each individual. The breadth of her background ensures a powerful, involving learning experience that builds on the strengths of each participant.

Writing Essentials Requirements / Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites for this course.

Writing Essentials Frequently Asked Questions
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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 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?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 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 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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