Course Code: wre
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.
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.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
Instructional material requirements:
A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!
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.
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.
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.
I have been taking writing courses for the past two years and I just want to say that I found your course to be nothing short of excellent. The lessons from this course will be placed in the top drawer of my writer's toolbox. Thank you."
Thank you! This course is fabulous. I feel competent and with some practice and my resource materials have confidence I will only improve. Again, thanks!"
Excellent instructor--teaches on many levels. I appreciate that the material offered allows students to go deeper and further into their studies, if they wish."
I thoroughly enjoyed the course and the enormous amount of material offered for skill exercises and development. I learned so much more than I remembered learning in school and I will refer back to the material as I continue to write meeting minutes for my admin position. The instructor provided sufficient information and was great!"
This instructor has once again exceeded my expectations in designing a course in a manner that encouraged me to enjoy learning. I feel that, more than in other courses I've taken, the design of this course and the attitude of the instructor has resulted in my maximum retention and practical application of the material. Thanks so much."
I thoroughly enjoyed this class and have already seen an improvement in my writing skills. I am a copywriter at a advertising firm and before taking this class was experiencing a lot of frustration with my writing. Your approach to free writing along with proofing has helped me not only express myself better but also improved my organizational and proofing skills. Thank you!"
This course was challenging, but I enjoyed every minute of it! Now I know my grammatical weaknesses and I can work on improving them."
Thank you, Ann! This course was very well put together and easy to follow. I thoroughly enjoyed this course and would highly recommend it to anyone wanting to brush up on punctuation and writing skills. Thanks again!"
This course was amazing. There were numerous examples and the learning material was the equivalent of a college textbook (knowledge-wise). I just can't say enough about this class. It was great!"
I'm in grad school for nursing. I've been a RN for six years and was told I need to sharpen up on my writing skills for the remainder of my schooling. I was not thrilled about taking any writing course, but I will say this class has helped me a lot. I'm glad I took this course! Thank you for making this course easy to understand!"