Creative Writing Value Suite
To be a good creative writer, you must have more than just an idea. This Creative Writing Value Suite will give you the tools you need to fully develop your work and create a publishable piece. You will learn important mechanics of writing, develop strong editing skills, and how to give and receive constructive feedback from other writers.
University of the District of Columbia
Spark your creativity and start writing with this online writing course bundle. You will learn the mechanics of writing and editing, and have your story work-shopped by peers.
Creative writing is more than just having a good idea for a story. To be a writer, you must know the mechanics of writing, have strong editing skills, and be able to give and receive constructive feedback in a writer's workshop. If you have an idea for a story, these online writing courses will help you create a publishable piece of fiction or nonfiction.
Beginning Writer's Workshop
Learn how to bring your creative writing piece to life. Like a true writing workshop, you will learn literary techniques, peer review a classmate's work, and receive constructive criticism on your work.
Learn the fundamentals of strong writing. Writing Essentials focuses on composition, grammar, and structure, so you can create clear and effective paragraphs.
The Keys to Effective Editing
Become your own editor. You will learn how shape a rough draft into a final draft with professional editing techniques.
Suite bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Suite bundles.
How the course is taught
- Instructor-led online course
- 72 course hours
- Beginning Writer's Workshop
- Preparing to Write
- Literary Devices
- Peer Review/Workshop
- Story, Plot, and Narrative
- Characters and Dialogue
- Points of View and Tense
- Descriptive Writing
- Overcoming Writer's Block
- Editing vs. Revision
- Getting Published
- The Keys to Effective Editing
- What Editors Do
- The Mechanics of Copyediting
- Tools to Increase Accuracy
- Grammar and Punctuation
- Spelling, Capitalization, and Numbers
- Syntax and Style
- Abbreviations and Hyphens, Bibliographies and Copyright Law
- Photos and Tables, Front and Back Matter
- Fiction Editing
- The Editor-Author-Publisher Relationship
- Word Usage
- Finding Work as an Editor
- Writing Essentials
- Writing: Your Dynamic New Tool
- Words: Picking the Right One
- Spelling: Tips and Practice
- Usage: Which Word Goes Where
- Sentences: Writing Them Effectively
- Ending Punctuation: When, Where, and Why
- Commas: Mastery at Last!
- Semicolons, Colons, and All the Rest: A Quick Review
- Paragraphs: How They Help You Communicate
- Formatting: Tools and Tips to Help Your Content Shine
- Writing for Electronic Media: Quirks and Characteristics
- Putting It All Together: Writing Well!
Ann Linquist is a 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, 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.
Jacquelyn Landis has worked as a nonfiction editor for more than 15 years. Her editing repertoire includes books, articles, and business manuals written by authors such as Eva Shaw, George Carpozi, Anthony Robbins, and Tom Blair. She has been a speaker in the UCSD Extension program and has participated in writing panels at the University of San Diego. Landis is also the author of numerous published books and magazine articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts from San Diego State University.
Carmen Marquez is a seasoned journalist, writer, and writing instructor. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rutgers University and teaching certificate from Montclair State University.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
- PC: Windows 8 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Adobe Acrobat Reader.
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
A new session of each course opens every month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.